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 dyke opposite the BC Easter Seals camp at 41015 Government Road in Brackendale where you’ll find an interpretive display of our eagles and the lifecycle of the chum salmon on which they feed.
The EagleWatch Interpretive Program, a volunteer-run community initiative, has been designed to help visitors better view and understand the eagles and salmon lifecycle. Volunteer interpreters with high-power spotting scopes and adapters for cell phone photography will be at the Eagle Run viewing shelter to welcome visitors during the peak eagle-viewing period. The volunteers will be on-site Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm between November 9 and mid-January, as well as through Christmas Week. 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 EagleWatch 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 Bike, 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.