Squamish is a Bird Watcher's Paradise. Home to one of North America’s largest congregations of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that can be viewed easily throughout the winter at several spots around town. Prime viewing usually happens at Eagle Run dike and viewing shelter opposite the BC Easter Seals camp at 41015 Government Road, directly across the Squamish River overlooking Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, where you’ll find an interpretive display of our eagles and the lifecycle of the chum salmon on which they feed.
The Eagle Run viewing shelter is designed to welcome visitors during the peak eagle-viewing period and present information from the EagleWatch Interpretive Program, a volunteer-run community initiative designed to help visitors better view and understand the eagles and salmon lifecycle.
November 8, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19 the EagleWatch Interpreters will not be present at the Eagle Run dike this year.
The goods news is that there will still be eagles to see. We invite all eagle-lovers to visit the Eagle Run viewing shelter where there will be plenty of educational information, as well as gorgeous views of the eagles along the Squamish River. The best time to see the eagles is in the morning, from now until early January and binoculars are always a great way to see the eagles even closer.
Eagle Watch volunteers will be conducting daily counts on the dike and will be posting these numbers on their website and Facebook page, so Eagle enthusiasts can check in to see how the eagles are doing.
Eagle Run dike is an accessible site: there is a ramp at the south end. In the winter months, snow on the ramp is cleared by volunteers when possible, but access to the site is more limited.
The Eagle Watch Education and Outreach Program offers customized bald eagle presentations as well as field experiences for school and community groups on weekdays throughout the winter season. Book a special session by contacting eaglewatch [at] squamishenvironment.ca. There is no cost for these sessions, but donations to help cover costs are always welcome.
Squamish held the world-record count of 3,769 eagles in 1994.
Since then the average number of recorded eagles in Squamish is approximately 1300 per year. The number of eagles returning to Squamish changes each year and is dependant on the annual salmon run and weather conditions.
Get A Closer Look:
There are plenty of eagle viewing tours available in Squamish including Eagles by Raft, Eagles by Horse and Eagles by Foot. All eagle experiences are slow-paced and family-friendly. Eagle tours are a must for any nature photographer, birdwatcher or wildlife enthusiast.