The 27th annual Brackendale Eagle Count takes place throughout this month and all eyes will be on the skies and the shoreline along the Squamish River, where hundreds of birds of prey swoop in looking for salmon in the fall and winter. It’s a glorious sight and one you can enjoy knowing the comfort of a cozy bed and delicious beer is close at hand.
The Howe Sound Brewing Company & Inn — named one of the Top 24 Brewpubs in Canada by Vacay.ca earlier this year — is just 10 kilometres away from the main viewing point of Brackendale Eagles. In 1994, 3,769 bald eagles were spotted in a single day in Squamish, setting a world record. The eagles feast on the salmon making their way down river and intense battles often ensue between the birds.
At the Howe Sound Brewing Company & Inn, you can enjoy reduced winter rates that start at $89 per night. You’ll also enjoy award-winning beers served in an attractive pub and have the option of taking advantage of the brewery’s winter beer-pairing menu.
Vacay.ca Recommends Eagle Viewing in British Columbia
Vacay.ca Outdoors Columnist Tricia Edgar recently wrote about the best places to see British Columbia’s eagles as they prey for salmon in the colder weather. Edgar notes that the Squamish area, which is halfway between Vancouver and Whistler, is a hot bed for eagle viewing.
Edgar writes: “British Columbia has around 20,000 eagles, and December and January are outstanding times to watch them. In the late fall, the salmon buffet is in full swing. A large number of spawning salmon have accumulated, as have the eagles that follow them. As the winter rains pound through the rivers of the west coast, some of the salmon carcasses wash downstream. Come mid-January, many of the carcasses are gone, although some eagles will remain until February.”
Map Showing the Distance from Howe Sound Brewing to Brackendale