Is the festival still happening?
Over the years the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival offered an awareness of the significance of the Harrison River and the local environment by celebrating the annual return of the eagles. The festival will not be happening in the traditional sense, however, there remain many reasons to visit the area and many ways to take in the natural phenomenon of the return of millions of salmon and thousands of eagles. Inch Creek Hatchery, Kilby Historic Site, Fraser River Safari Eagle Tours, and Sandpiper Golf Resort.
Where do I start?
First Timers – Anyone that has not visited the area before we suggest beginning the journey at the Mission Visitor Centre of Kilby Historic Site. T
Can we bring our dog?
Dogs should not be brought to any of the eagle viewing sites as they may scare the birds away. Most venues also will not allow pets.
How do we get there?
The quickest route to the event is to find your way over to the Mission Information Centre (34033 Lougheed Hwy, Mission) either from the #1 Highway or from the Lougheed Hwy. To get to the “heart” of the event on the Harrison/Chehalis Flats continue to follow the Lougheed Hwy east for approx 30 minutes more.
How many bald eagles are in the Harrison-Chehalis area?
UPDATE ** Over the past two years we have noticed a huge increase in eagle numbers. In 2010 we counted 7,362 bald eagles over a 2 km stretch of the Harrison River. Each year up to 1,200 bald eagles return to the Harrison-Chehalis delta as the salmon are running.
Where is the best place to see the most eagles?
The eagles can shift locations from early morning to later in the evening and the “best” viewing spots can change throughout the day. One sure-fire way to stay warm and see large numbers of these incredible raptors is by booking on a Fraser River Safari river tour, special expeditions will be running during this weekend and every weekend in November & most of December. For land-based eagle viewing, there is Eagle Point and Sandpiper Golf Resort.