NOV 15-16 2014 – The enormously popular Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival occurs the third weekend in November in perhaps the most biologically diverse and important areas in British Columbia. It kicks off the “Season of the Eagles and Salmon” in Harrison Mills, the ever growing community just 30 minutes east of the District of Mission. Please explore this website to find out all about the events that will occur during the entire season.
Here is a brief overview of the 3 weekends -for the details please click on the links on the RIGHT >>
November 15/16 – The 19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
Nov 22/23- The now annual Sts’ailes (First Nation) Salmon Festival supported by the Salmon Stronghold @ Pretty Estates Resort
Nov 29/30 – Winter Festival and Photography Weekend @ Pretty Estates Resort. Kilby Historic Site will also be open.
Fraser River Safari Eagle Viewing tours will be running all weekend – David Hancock will also be joining select tours during the”Season”
Festival History: Deep in the heart of “Sasquatch Country” you will find North America’s largest gathering of bald eagles. The raptors are drawn to the area by the millions of spawning salmon that travel up the Fraser River to tributaries such as the Harrison River. The estuary is also home to incredible wildlife such as trumpeter swans, ducks, seal, bear, coyote, deer and the great white sturgeon.
For thousands of years the First Nation Peoples have lived here in harmony with the land and water and today they work with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival to welcome visitors to teach and share the knowledge they have gained over the ages.
The festival’s roots go back to1995, when the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and the Wild Bird Trust, spear headed by April Mol, set out to create the Harrison/Chehalis Bald Eagle Festival.
In 1998, thanks to increased community involvement and new partnerships a small but very enthusiastic committee sprang to life. The committee worked to broaden the scope of the Festival and changed the name to form its new identity – Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF).
The FVBEF is now a registered society and works hard each year to create a celebration that showcases the beauty & biodiversity of the Fraser River Valley by honouring the majestic Bald Eagle & the Cycle of the Salmon.
From Mission to Harrison Hot Springs, many exciting venues offer excellent eagle watching opportunities and a range of activities and adventures that include jet boat eco-river tours; a Chehalis River walking tour; a diverse abundance of local wildlife; environmental presentations, naturalists and interpreters; historic and ancient aboriginal sites; displays by local artists; and lots of hands on activities and entertainment.
Please explore this site and learn more about the adventure that awaits you and ways you can help us continue the work of the Society.
For the FULL 2014 SCHEDULE click here