A celebration of the Salmon,
the Eagles, and the Sturgeon
October 2023- January 2024
SEASON OF THE WILD
Join us this fall as we celebrate the beauty and biodiversity of the Harrison River Valley by
honouring the majestic bald eagle, the luminescent salmon, and the prehistoric sturgeon.
Every year between October and January, spawning salmon return to Canada’s first certified
salmon stronghold, the Harrison River. This ecologically rich river is one of the most protected
and productive salmon ecosystems in the world, attracting tens of thousands of wintering bald
eagles to the area.
Travel our trails and waterways to witness the raptors feast on the river banks and glide through
the waters with our modern-day dinosaurs, the sturgeon.
We invite you to experience the Season of the Wild.
The wintering bald eagles can be seen throughout the Harrison River Valley, but the capital is Harrison Mills. Situated on the Harrison River, take a walk through the forest trails to the eagle-viewing gazebo at Sandpiper Resort, enjoy a guided walk along the shores at Kilby Historic Site, book a bald eagle viewing tour, with live viewing cameras, with Harrison Eco Tours or cruise the river with Shoreline Tours. As part of the BC Bird Trail, and designated as an Important Bird Area, we invite you to look for other raptors.
Discover our accommodations in the Harrison River Valley
On the shores of Harrison Lake you have easy boat access to the pristine Harrison River, the first designated Salmon Stronghold in Canada. A “Salmon Stronghold” means that all 5 species of salmon live and spawn in our waterways. To view the spawning salmon, we recommend walking the Eagle Walk at Sandpiper Resort.
Our salmon’s migration from saltwater to freshwater begins in the middle of October
and goes until the end of November. Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is a prime viewing spot for the spawning salmon. For an experiential tour, we recommend a
scenic and educational boating experience with Harrison Eco Tours.
Anglers from across the world come to see the sturgeon in the Harrison River. Called the marlins of freshwater, these magnificent creatures date back to the dinosaurs and can age up to 200 years old. They are considered to be one of the most spectacular freshwater sports fish, having a reputation for their size, strength, and impressive jumps. Guided fishing tours are available with
BC Sportfishing Group, Fraser River Lodge, and Kilby Lodge.
PROTECT THE WILD
Inspire your journey to the wild with our multi-day itinerary
SEASON OF THE WILD EVENTS
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Like a sparkling jewel in winter’s rich crown, the Harrison River Valley shines with opportunities for adventure this season! Our picturesque village and the surrounding landscapes await your visit and promise a memorable winter escape. From cozy cabin ...
With the return of the Season of the Wild in the Harrison River Valley, it’s the opportune time to experience the bounty of wildlife to be found here! Waterways splash with spawning salmon while sturgeon, the ghostly dinosaurs of ...
DISCOVER THE WILD
Explore the self-guided Season of the Wild and participate in our various events and happenings throughout the Season.
Together in the Wild
We see our region through the construct of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Come as you are, let’s be together in the wild.