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Government Road, Squamish, BC, Canada
  • All in all, Brackendale is a very nice place to visit, but don't be disappointed if you don't spot any Eagles

    • by Angelwhispers30
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      Brackendale Eagle Provincial Park is a 755 Hectare park, located on the Squamish river. It has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles in North America. The huge runs of Chum Salmon in the Squamish, Cheakamus, and Mamquam rivers attract eagles from all over the Pacific Northwest from November to February each year. The peak viewing times are from December through January each year.

      The main Eagle viewing area is on Government Road, across from the Easter Seal Camp. Free parking is available on the roadside, and then you simply walk across the road, and up a short embankment to the river. There is a shelter there, which is set up with displays


      showing the Eagle and Salmon Life cycles.

      Eagle watch is a volunteer run program, with displays to help visitors understand the Eagles and salmon life cycle, and to get a close-up view through telescopes. Interpreters are on the dyke each weekend until early February. In the1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles.

      Myself and my Husband visited Brackendale for the first time just recently. We were excited at the thought of possibly seeing a Bald Eagle for the first time, but although the weather was great, we didn’t see a single one. We later found out that this year has yielded the lowest count of Eagles so far. This has been blamed on a poor ...


      • run of Chum Salmon which is the birds main diet. However, there were many people with binoculars, and many using the telescopes set up by the Eagle Watch program, and the volunteer was in the process of writing the numbers of the birds most recently spotted on a board when we arrived.

        The river area itself is beautiful. There is a gravel path that has been laid for visitors to take a stroll along the bank, and along the other side of the river are towering trees, that are just right for roosting Eagles. While visitors mainly visit to see the Eagles, myself and my husband agreed that it would be an excellent place to visit during the summer months to take a

        stroll along the river, and take a few photos. Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept on a leash. Because the park is considered high in conservation values, there are no recreation facilities in the park. Recreation use, except for fishing, is closed from October 1st to March 31st of each year. Recreation use from April 1st to September 30th of each year is limited, to maintain low numbers and low intensity use. The park is closed to campfires, camping, trail development, mountain biking, horseback riding, and mechanized activity.

        All in all, Brackendale is a very nice place to visit, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t spot any Eagles. We didn’t and we still had a fun time.




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