Year Round Viewing
From the Water
Fraser River Safari runs eagle expeditions along the Harrison River from November until the eagles leave the area. This is by far the best way to get up close to these incredible raptors. Enjoy the beauty in complete comfort in the climate controlled, fully covered and heated jet boat. David Hancock also joins the crew for some extra- special adventures during this time of year. For more information visit the Fraser River Safari website
From the Land
After the first weekend of the festival some of the sites are not set up for public viewing so it is best to come prepared with your own binoculars or viewing scopes. Please note that many areas are environmentally sensitive spots so please do your best to leave “no foot print”. There are pull outs up Morris Valley Rd just north of Eagle Point where you can view the flats. Pretty Estates Resort has a wonderful trail that leads down to the river’s edge, which is also the very name of the restaurant on site where you may want to lunch before or after your viewing time. At the end of the trail you will find the brand new observation deck. If there are a large numbers of eagles they tend to spread out down the river, which means that the park and dike just below Kilby Historic Site are also excellent places to explore for roosting eagles. Happy viewing!
For more information on where and how to see the eagles from the land please visit the Preserve page.
Perhaps this is the perfect spot to give a brief overview of the seasonal habits of the bald eagle. (source “The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington” by David Hancock) Prime time for eagle viewing in the Valley can be from late October until mid January depending on the salmon runs.
September – January the eagles will attempt to set up their territories. This sometimes is complicated by the hundreds even thousands of wintering eagles occupying the area.
Early February – March - The two to three eggs are laid.
April will see the hatching of the eggs after a approx 36 day incubation period
April – July the eaglets grow and then fledge at approx 12 weeks of age.
July- August - the mature birds leave the area and begin to head north in search of the first salmon runs. The fledglings will not be far behind as they will become very hungry without parents around to feed and care for them
Late September and early October the adults begin to return to once again stake out their nests and begin any necessary repairs.
November – January eagles into the thousands will begin descend upon the Fraser Valley to enjoy the smorgasbord of spawned out salmon along the Harrison and Fraser Rivers. This will consist of eagles from all over BC and include first year birds to mature adults.
2013 Exhibitor’s at Leq’a:mel Hall
Abelone Edwards - Wishing Well of Wildlife
Eco art installation
Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership
Liisaos Heritage Trust Society
South Coast Conservation Program
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Interactive story mapping survey and all ages fishing game
Abbotsford Mission Nature Club
Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program
Radical Raptors Falconry Center
Miami River Streamkeepers Society
Skulls, pelts, claws & information on bears, cougars, coyotes & deer.
Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
Providing information on riparian restoration and volunteer opportunities in the Fraser Valley
Chilliwack Field Naturalists
Wildlife Displays & Barn Owl Recovery
Critter Care Wildlife Society
Fraser Valley Conservancy
Photography of eagles,& nature
Knit & crochet scarves, dishcloths, toques, earrings, etc.
Native arts and crafts
Drums, rattles, cedar boxes, earrings, leatherwork, beads & deerskin pouches.
First Nations design on clothing & crafts
Tends On End
Camping, hiking, outdoor, emergency preparedness supplies
Beachcomer Art-Ink Drawings
Silver Lining Gems
Unique hand crafted sterling silver gemstone jewelry with healing properties from nature
Original oil paintings
Quilted pillows, afghans & baby puff quilts
Beads By Betty
Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings & pendants etc.
Canwest Art-Gallery on the Lake
Fudge & hot chocolate. Plus painted glass wear. A few lamp worked eagles by one of our glass artists, Mark Bateman.
Bababean Custom Embroidery Inc.
Embroidered Children's Items(aprons, chef hats, bibs, tote bags), embroidered eagles on blankets, totes & pillowcase & aprons. Also native designs.