Eagles as far as the eye can see! Join our local guides at an exclusive location near Squamish on this interpretive Eagle tour. Let them guide you along the riverside to see Eagle, Salmon, ancient forest and more! Witness these natural phenomena in one of the most spectacular locations in the Sea to Sky Corridor, with incredible views of the river and surrounding mountains. Suitable for families, children and seniors. The perfect activity for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
From November to February, approximately 1300 Eagles flock to the Squamish and Brackendale area to feast on the salmon as they swim upstream to their spawning grounds. Our Eagle Viewing Tour is located in an area exclusive to MSAA and inaccessible to the public. It also happens to be the best place to view the Eagles in the Squamish area!
This unforgettable experience includes a relaxing walk along the river, with plenty of opportunities to get some spectacular photographs, as well as interpretive information from our knowledgable guides about the Eagles, Salmon, the surrounding ancient forests, local First Nations communities and more.
The Eagle Viewing Tour runs at 9am and 11:30am on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays.
During the two hour tour, your guide will walk you along the river while describing the local area and First Nations communities, as well as pointing out nearby wildlife and giving you information on the Eagles and their long history in the Squamish area. Wander through towering cedar trees and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river as it rushes by, while seeing more Eagles than you can count and an immense amount of salmon swimming upstream.
After the tour, you will be able to have a hot drink and a snack by the cozy fire pit on the ranch.
If raining on the day, a fire pit may not be possible so the guide will take you on a slightly longer walk and finish with a hot drink and snack.
Feel free to bring any camera equipment, although we request that you do not bring along any drones as this can scare the Eagles away and affect other guests viewing opportunities. We also recommend you bring any binoculars or telescopes to afford you a closer look at the Eagles.
Please make sure to wear warm clothing as this tour takes places from November to February and temperatures can be very low.
We recommend warm boots, layers and gloves, as well as toque/beanie and a scarf.
Meeting Place: Tours start at Cheekeye Ranch, a 20 minutes drive from Downtown Squamish, or 40 minutes from Whistler.
*If you are driving, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time.
Whistler: The Shred Shuttle will pick you up from the Gateway Loop at 10:30am.
Squamish: The Squamish Connector will pick you up from London Drugs at 11:15am.
Vancouver: The Squamish Connector can pick you up from one of three locations:
Waterfront Station: 9:20am
Hyatt Hotel: 9:30am
Library Square: 9:45am
Canada Place: 10:00am
Please click HERE for locations. Once you know the pick-up location please communicate this to us via email.
The Squamish Connector will then pick you up from outside Cheekeye Ranch at 2:00pm and drop you off in Vancouver.
*please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.
• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.
Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to first aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Tours
**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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