Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park Tours
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Squamish is called the eagle capital of the world and it is here, at Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park (sometimes known as the Brackendale Eagle Reserve), where the largest congregation of wintering bald eagles in North America can be found. Accordingly, the best time to visit the reserve is from late November to late January. During those winter months the eagles get attracted to the area due to the spawning salmons in the river and gather in huge numbers to feast on the fish carcasses. In fact, the park holds a world record from 1994, when 3,769 bald eagles were counted in a single day – that’s more eagles than there are residents of Brackendale.
To protect the eagles and their habitat, the park doesn’t allow for any recreational activities, such as camping or biking. The spectacular eagle viewing opportunities that can be had from the viewing areas or from designated rafts floating gently down the river, are the one and only thing visitors come here for. On good days, you will be able to see hundreds of birds roosting, perched on trees and soaring high in the sky. The low river valley set against the rugged Tantalus Mountain Range is their ideal habitat and to get their guaranteed daily pound of fish, they return to British Columbia’s Pacific coast every winter.
Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park can be found about 70 kilometers north of Vancouver on the west side of the Squamish River. The best months to see the bald eagles are December and January and in January, a month long eagle festival with photography contests, art shows and tours are held by the Brackendale Art Gallery. The most popular viewing area is located on the municipal dyke right in between Squamish and Brackendale - don’t forget your binoculars!
Address: Squamish-Lillooet D, BC, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park
Travelers that want to explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver typically need to rent a car and drive, which means focusing on the road rather than the landscape. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on this sightseeing tour to Whistler, complete with a guide to whisk you there. Along the way you can see Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, enjoy views of Howe Sound, and take a few hours to explore Whistler independently.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Have your camera ready to capture photos of bald eagles in Brackendale during this full-day journey to Whistler, via downtown Vancouver. Along the way, stop at Stanley Park and Horseshoe Bay, a quaint village at the entrance to Howe Sound. Your guide follows a scenic route along the Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls, where you'll take a short hike, with time to explore the ski resort year-round.
Whistler is just two hours north of Vancouver. At Whistler, you’ll find a vibrant Village at the base, stellar skiing snowboarding, four championship golf courses, fantastic shopping, restaurants and bars, hiking trails, spas, accommodations for every budget and possibly the best mountain bike park in the world. It has been repeatedly rated the #1 overall best ski resort in North America and has 3 million visitors annually. In 2010, it was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park?
The best ways to experience Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park are:
- Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls
- Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler
- Private Whistler Full-Day Tour from Vancouver
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