Birding

Sandpiper on Harrison Lake beachHarrison Hot Springs is a bird watchers paradise. The combination of forest and water make a perfect environment for all species of bird. Harrison Lake is a major resting area on the north-south migration path. The Harrison River is the second largest home for bald eagles in North America. Some of the better places to observe:

The lagoon and Miami River

with the river and lagoon providing a wonderful sanctuary it is possible to see a wide variety of birds by just walking around the Village. In the Spring the Miami river is full of Geese and their goslings.

For a list of birds observed by a local resident check out this website.

Cheam Wetlands

a 93 hectare park with quite a bird following. At the kiosk (print out the PDF) you will find a list of 129 local birds including the Western Wood-Pewee, the Willow Flycatcher and the more common Great Blue Heron. This handout makes it easy for you by listing the birds by the seasons they are usually spotted. To date there have been more than 173 different bird species identified in the Wetlands. If you have the time bring along a picnic to enjoy while taking in some serious bird watching. Cheam Wetlands is a combination of lake, marsh and forest. The trail is 2 km long and suitable for all ages. Please note in order to protect the sensitive ecosystem pets are not allowed. Want a personalized guided tour of the Wetlands then check out this Youtube video.

bald eagle on Harrison RiverHarrison River Bald Eagle – The majestic Bald Eagle is Canada’s largest bird of prey. One of over 59 species in the world, the Bald Eagle is exclusively North American. Most of Canada’s breeding population of Bald Eagles is found in B.C. with the Fraser Valley hosting over 250 pairs of nesting Bald Eagles. 2,000 to 3,000 additional eagles winter in our Valley enjoying the warm winter climate and abundant offerings of spawning salmon. Each year The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is hosted the 3rd weekend in November. From mid October to late January the Bald Eagles converge on the Harrison River, Chehalis Flats and Harrison Bay. These areas located 10 minutes from Harrison Hot Springs, house 1,000 to 2,000 visiting eagles during the winter. For a great video click here.