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The Eagles are here!

Where The Bald Eagles Soar

Each year Squamish plays host to one of the largest congregations of wintering bald eagles in North America between the months of November and January. Squamish is home to hundreds of the wintering bald eagles; and the annual return of the spawning salmon signals the return of the eagles to Squamish. The Squamish River watershed provides not only food but also security, in the form of roosting and perching trees, allowing for spectacular eagle viewing opportunities.

Peak bald eagle viewing is from mid-December to mid-January. The main "Eagle Run Park" viewing facility is located on the municipal dyke, across from the Easter Seal Camp on Government Road in Brackendale. Exit Highway 99 at Mamquam Road and head north on Government Road to the bald eagle viewing area. An interpretive display explains the eagles and salmon life cycle.

The Squamish River Valley has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in North America. In the 1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles. The river’s riparian area provides suitable habitat for roosting, perching and feeding. The prolific runs of chum salmon (Onc orhynchuus keta) in the Squamish, Cheakamus, and Mamquam rivers attract eagles from all over the Pacific Northwest each year.

Want to get close to the action?  Consider an eagle viewing float trip to give you that perfect vantage point. You can find out more about the eagles of Brackendale at the Brackendale Art Gallery. It’s here that proprietors Thor and Dorte Froslev play host to the annual Eagle Count in early January while showcasing the regions’ artistic talent.

About the Eagle Watch Interpreter Program

Every Saturday and Sunday, November 30th to end of January, 2014
09:00am - 03:00pm
The Eagle Watch Interpreter Program is a volunteer driven, community-based educational program that stems from the Squamish Environment Society. Since 1995, the Eagle Watch Interpreter Program has worked tirelessly to educate the public on how these majestic birds of prey are so crucial to our natural environment. Fostering respect for all wildlife and the surrounding environment while spreading awareness on proper eagle viewing ethics are some of the priorities of the program.
 
The Eagle Watch Volunteers will be at the Eagle Run viewing shelter in Brackendale every Saturday and Sunday, throughout November, December and January and daily over the Christmas break from 09:30am-3:30pm. Further information on The Eagle Watch Interpreter Program can be found here or by emailing eaglewatchsquamish [at] gmail [dot] com

 

EAGLE VIEWING PACKAGES & DEALS

Brackendale Eagle View Rate 
The Executive Suites Hotel and Resort is very proud to support this local treasure and we want to help preserve it for years to come. A $5.00 contribution from every room night reserved under the Brakendale Eagle Viewing Rate will be donated by the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort to the Squamish Estuary Conservation Society to help preserve this local treasure for years to come. 


Sunwolf's Eagle Viewing Float trips provide the opportunity to view the bald eagles from a remarkable vantage point- the river. Gently float down the meandering Cheakamuse enjoying awesome scenery, waters teeming with wild salmon and enormous eagles soaring overhead.  From our raft you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views across the water and unparalleled access to the very place where the eagles are gathered. There is no better way to experience this breathtaking natural phenomenon!

Family Fun
Buy two adult seats on an Eagle Float ($100 per person + tax) and take a child (5-11 yrs) absolutely free.

Sleep with the Eagles
Buy two adult seats on an Eagle Float and enjoy a night in one of our cozy cabins, all for only $285 + tax.

To book either of these specials please contact sunwolf [at] sunwolf [dot] net
Tel: 604-898-1537 Toll Free: 1-877-806-8046


Experience up-close eagle and salmon viewing with family and friends at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale. See majestic bald eagles in their winter habitat, perching and feeding on salmon. Learn about the unique ecology of the area and the wildlife that call the Cheakamus Centre home. Click Here For Full Details

For more information or to book your Group Overnight Nature Program, please contact:
Missy Christensen at 1-888-677-6665 missy [at] cheakamuscentre [dot] ca  Customized group nature programs also available.


Combine two great experience in one! Enjoy a guided horseback tour with Diamond Head Outfitters taking you to some of the prime eagle viewing locations in the Squamish Valley. Daily tours depart at 10am, 12pm and 2pm and are from one to three hours in length. To book your ride, call 604-892-4140

 

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