Get ready to soar!- Bald Eagles in Harrison Hot Springs

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Every fall, thousands of spawning salmon return to the Harrison River. This phenomenon, paired with the migration of returning bald eagles, has the eagles diving to feast. Taking place annually from November to January, and located only 15 minutes away in Harrison Mills, our neighbour hosts the largest winter eagle gathering! In fact, Harrison Mills is the world’s bald eagle capital. 

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival honors the salmon and eagles with a festival and, this year, it’s on November 17th & 18th. We invite you to stay with us and trek out to see the eagles.

 

PRIME EAGLE VIEWING SPOTS

It’s all about those prime viewing spots. The eagles tend to shift locations, from early morning to evening, so the best spots can change but we have four designated locations to suggest. 

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● Sandpiper Resort : Situated on the banks of the Harrison River, Sandpiper Resort is the perfect place to catch the action during the entire season. You can watch the eagles, via their live cameras, at the Clubhouse Restaurant or on the grounds as you golf or walk. In fact, a gazebo was built just for this reason. Be sure to ask about their ‘river to plate’ salmon-themed menu. The Salmon Wellington is a signature dish.

 

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Tapadera Estates: Located at 14600 Morris Valley Road in Harrison Mills, the public is invited to hear educational talks and witness the eagles, during festival days, from 9 am to 3 pm. Maybe cozy on up to one of the residents and ask for ‘backyard viewing’ privileges!

 

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Kilby Historic Site: Kilby is an awesome viewing spot, offering hearty, home-cooked eats. During festival days, gourmet smokies, hamburgers, and hot dogs will be on the BBQ.
Enjoy a short walking tour down the dike to the confluence of the Fraser and Harrison Rivers at Kilby Park. A costumed interpreter will explain the relationship between the salmon and eagles, and share Harrison’s history.

 

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Eagle Point Community Park: Located between Tapadera Estates and Sandpiper Resort, Eagle Point is also open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm during festival days. Meet local volunteers and an expert from Wild Birds Unlimited to learn all about the area’s wildlife.

 

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To really experience the eagles in their natural habitat up close and personal, catch a ride with Harrison Eco Tours.  Board a 20-passenger jet boat near Kilby Historic Site. Upriver from Harrison Bay, you’ll travel to the Chehalis Flats Bald Eagle & Salmon Preserve.

 

A few tips…be sure to dress for the weather. Layers are best and bring waterproof gear. Do not forget to bring binoculars and a camera. Happy eagle-ing!

 

Learn more about Bald Eagles in Harrison Hot Springs 👉www.tourismharrison.com///bald_eagles

Book your accomodations during the Bald Eagle Festival 👉 www.tourismharrison.com/stay

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