BC Bird Trail
SQUAMISH ON THE BC BIRD TRAIL
As the Squamish River diverges into Howe Sound, the Sea to Sky Bird Trail begins in Squamish. An outdoors-lover’s paradise, Squamish is protected by the Stawamus Chief Mountain and populated by the continent’s highest concentration of wintering bald eagles. Here you'll discover spectacular 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, and old-growth forests and lots of opportunities to spot endemic birds.
From hiking to rafting to mountain biking, there’s plenty of fun to be found in nature. Of course, that also means lots of trails for birdwatching, too! Squamish is home to the recently-UNESCO-designated Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses the fjord, its islands, and the extensive nature surrounding it. This region is a haven to those who love nature, and the many species who call it home. We are thrilled to now be a part the BC Bird Trail
Visit the BC Bird Trail to learn more about this self-guided trip through Squamish:
1. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park
Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is home to one of the largest granite monoliths in the world and provides good nesting habitat for Peregrine Falcons. They can be viewed from the highway pull out day-use area, but remember to bring some binoculars. Ruffed Grouse can also be seen or heard along the trail if you’re lucky. Please note that the Stawamus Chief trails are steep and challenging.
2. Sea to Sky Gondola
Start this adventure with a thrilling gondola ride 885m above sea level, take in the bird’s-eye view of Howe Sound, explore a variety of frontcountry trails, and enjoy some time birding along the way.
3. Rose Park
From the park, take the gravel trail that follows the river past the open grassy field to a wooden viewing platform, perfect for watching the river and surrounding area for birds.
4. Squamish Estuary
Accessible through downtown Squamish off of Main St or at the end of Bailey St, this beautiful estuary is a great place to see waterfowl and songbirds. Watch for Purple Martins, Great Blue Herons, and Spotted Sandpipers. In the winter, large numbers of bald eagles can be seen feeding on the salmon.
5. Mamquam River
Keep to the trails in this important nature area for salmon, bears, and eagles. The Mamquam Spawning Channels is perfect for slow, meandering walks along the variety of flat, gravel trails.
6. Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park
Located along the Squamish River watershed, recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles in North America. The main viewing area is Eagle Run Vista Point, parallel to Government Road along the dyke.
7. Fisherman's Park
Enjoy the white sandy beach along the edge of the Squamish River where you might see Buffleheads, trumpeter swans, common mergansers, and belted kingfishers.
8. Alice Lake Provincial Park
urrounded by towering mountains, dense forests, and grassy areas, Alice Lake Provincial Park offers 10 hiking trails and plenty of amenities. Keep watch for Swainson’s Thrush, Warbling Vireo, and a variety of flycatchers as you explore the area.
We hope you enjoy your time rambling through Squamish spotting our incredible array of birds and wildlife. Please remember to always leave no trace, keep your distance from wildlife, adventure safely and respect fire bans. If we all recreate responsibly, Squamish's wonderful nature will remain for future visitors (and birds) to enjoy.