Brackendale Dykes

Brackendale, British Columbia

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During the winter months the Cheekye, Cheakamus, Mamquam and Squamish rivers deposit a harvest of decaying, spawned-out salmon along the banks and gravel bars. Aware of this annual feast, thousands of bald eagles from all over western North America congregate in the lower Squamish valley, and other winter feeding grounds, to feast on the carcasses. More than3500 birds were counted around Squamish in 1994—one of the largest concentration of eagles in the world. This great gathering of raptors is an unforgettable sight, well worth the drive from Vancouver and the likelihood of facing the “Squamish,” the arctic wind that sweeps in rude gusts down the Squamish valley from the northern mountains. Highlights: Squamish River, mountain views; bald eagles, Barrow’s goldeneye; harbour seals. Terrain: Flat. Gravel dyke-top accessible to wheelchairs.

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"During the winter months the Cheekye, Cheakamus, Mamquam and Squamish rivers deposit a harvest of decaying, spawned-out salmon along the banks and gravel bars. Aware of this annual feast, thousands of bald eagles from all over western North America congregate in the lower Squamish valley, and other winter feeding grounds, to feast on the carcasses. More than3500 birds were counted around Squamish in 1994—one of the largest concentration of eagles in the world.

This great gathering of raptors is an unforgettable sight, well worth the drive from Vancouver and the likelihood of facing the “Squamish,” the arctic wind that sweeps in rude gusts down the Squamish valley from the northern mountains. Highlights: Squamish River, mountain views; bald eagles, Barrow’s goldeneye; harbour seals. Terrain: Flat. Gravel dyke-top accessible to wheelchairs."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Brackendale
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Mid-November to mid-February
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Brackendale Dykes

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May 2018