This weekend, on November 16th and 17th, witness the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles, the 18th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. Centered around the hamlet of Harrison Mills, the Festival celebrates the Season of the Eagles .
The regal raptors are drawn to the region by the millions of spawning salmon that travel up the Fraser River to tributaries, like the Harrison River which along with the Chehalis Flats are home to a broad range of wildlife including trumpeter swans, ducks, seals, bears, coyotes, deer and the great white sturgeon.
The ancestral homeland of the Sts’ailes First Nation, who are working in collaboration with the District of Mission, The Salmon Stronghold as well as the Hancock Wildlife Foundation to welcome visitors and share the history of their region.
The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, kicks off the Season of Eagles with events spread across the next four weekends.
November 16-17; features designated eagle viewing sites at Kilby Historic Site and Pretty Estate Resort which has a newly opened Bald Eagle Observation Platform – “The Pretty Walk”, in addition the weekend features exhibitions, lectures, displays, activities and boat tours with Fraser River Safari.
November 23; the Sts’ailes First Nation and Pretty Estates Resort, host the first annual Salmon Celebration with more eagle viewing, artisan market, “Sasquatch Dancers”, talks and Salmon luncheon.
November 30 – December 1; Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa plays host to a photo workshop as well as Fraser River Safari rides.
December 7 – 8; wrap up the season with more viewing around Harrison Mills with viewpoints at Kilby Historic Site, and “Pretty Walk” at Pretty Estates Resort (home to Sandpiper Golf Course, Rowena’s Inn on the River and Sandpiper Golf Course)
For further details and full schedule visit Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival online at fvbef.ca