The iconic image of the Bald Eagle is one that thrills and amazes many visitors to British Columbia. With their majestic white heads, brown feathered bodies and impressive size (and wingspan) the Bald Eagle is often seen throughout the British Columbia landscape. One place in particular, Brackendale, just outside of the Squamish City Centre has the distinction of being the Winter Home of the Bald Eagle.
Arriving in mid-November and staying until mid-February when they fly to their seasonal nesting site, this is the largest gathering of Eagles in the area attracting visitors from around the world. The time to see the largest populations of the birds is from January to December with as many as four thousand Eagles seen along the riverside trail.
Stretching from the Squamish Estuary to the Tenderfoot Creek Fish Hatchery the Eagle viewing is one of the areas biggest attractions with thousands of Bald Eagles in the trees on the opposite shore. The area is the perfect winter home for these beautiful birds with nearby food, high vantage points on bare trees and rocks shores.
With the best viewing along the Squamish estuary is the Dyke located along Government Rd. which is raised above the river and free of vegetation obstructing views of the opposite shore. During the Eagle viewing months on weekends a volunteer community based program is on site to teach visitors about the birds and brings telescopes (by donation).
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park which encompasses 755 acres of land along the Squamish estuary and river is strictly a conservation park - no camping, sports or facilities are on site. Trails can be found along the water but most activities on park lands are low impact as to ensure the Eagles will continue to migrate in the winter months.
It is highly suggested to make a visit to the Eagle Viewing between November to February. These beautiful birds - the symbol of the Americas - are truly a beautiful sight amongst the valleys, rivers and mountains of the West Coast.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Brackendale Eagle Viewing, SquamishFrom Squamish or Brackendale (between the two), follow Government Road to across the Easter Seal's Camp - you will see a dike on the western edge of the road. The Eagle viewing is along this dike.
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region