Late fall’s cool winds have ushered in the Season of the Wild to the Harrison River Valley, a celebration of the spawning salmon, soaring bald eagles, and the dinosaurs of the deep: the white sturgeon. Our local waterways are bursting with activity showcasing the abundant and wondrous ecosystems of HRV. Wondering how to take part? We invite you to join us at these upcoming events:
Saturday, October 28, 10am – 2pm
EARTHWISE SOCIETY | SEASON OF THE WILD OPEN HOUSE
Join this fun, family-friendly event at Earthwise Society that includes guided nature walks, a fascinating bird-watching session with expert Janne Perrin, a hands-on rain garden workshop and kids’ corner. The Chef’s Acre Food Truck will be on hand serving up a delicious variety of hot soups made from Earthwise Society’s own fresh autumn produce (with recipes included)! 6031 Golf Road, Agassiz.
November 11, 9am-11am
YADOMA FOREST THERAPY GUIDED MEDITATION
Join Ya Doma Nature and Forest Therapy for a guided morning meditation, meeting in our local forest to connect and build relations with nature, self, and others. This meditation will serve you on your mental/emotional/spiritual wellness journey and help create a community of support. To register please email [email protected]. You will receive all the details in your email once your request has been received.
November 18 & 19, 11am – 3pm
KILBY HISTORIC SITE | EAGLES, SALMON, AND THE HBC – SEASON OF THE WILD AT KILBY
Kilby Historic Site goes “wild” on this November weekend! The salmon have arrived! Visit to taste salmon, learn to tie your town fish net, and make fried bannock with maple syrup. Fun for the whole family.
November 25, Seating from 5pm – 8:30pm, with 1.5-hour dining slots
ROWENA’S INN ON THE RIVER – STEP BACK IN TIME DINING – SALMON MENU
Enjoy a chef-prepared 4- course gourmet meal celebrating the salmon run. Dine amidst the historical 1920s ambience of the Upper & Lower Drawing Rooms at Rowena’s Inn while enjoying stunning mountain and river views. Price $95 per person. Email [email protected] to reserve your seat.
To start: Seafood Nage, featuring wild salmon, prawns, clams, and white wine velouté.
To enjoy: Bright Fall Salad, featuring smoked & candied salmon, avocado, feta, greens, and a Dijon honey vinaigrette.
Entree: Salmon Oscar, featuring wild sockeye, Dungeness crab, seasonal vegetables, and a lemon-dill hollandaise.
Dessert: BC Apple Tarte Tatin, featuring caramelized apples, buttery pastry crust, vanilla gelato, and caramel sauce.
November 25 & 26, 9am – 5pm
FRASER VALLEY BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL AT SANDPIPER RESORT & HARRISON MILLS HALL
Join renowned bald eagle expert David Hancock from Hancock Wildlife, along with renowned photographer Christian Sasse, for a live-streaming broadcast at the Gazebo at Sandpiper Resort. Free eagle viewing all day, with eagle experts on site with telescopes and fascinating information. Attend a free lecture, “Why the Harrison Eagles Invasion” by David Hancock at the Harrison Mills Hall (1995 School Road, Harrison Mills) at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Learn more here.
OTHER WAYS TO CELEBRATE SEASON OF THE WILD
TAKE A SELF-GUIDED WALK:
See eagles soar and salmon splash at these trails:
• Kilby Provincial Park Loop Trail Start at Kilby Historic Site or at Kilby Park and walk along the beach, then make your way to the dyke. Follow to the Lougheed Highway, and return along School Road.
• Sandpiper Golf Course Eagle Walk From the Sandpiper parking lot, follow the Eagle signs and walk across Elbow Creek to the Eagle Viewing Gazebo.
• Qwólts Park & Whippoorwill Point From Harrison Hot Springs Resort, head west towards the Hot Springs Source. From there continue onto the Sandy Cove & Whippoorwill Point Trail
Note: Eagle viewing is also great along Nicomen Slough on BC Route 7 highway from Dewdney to Deroche, but use caution when parking on roadside.
VISIT WEAVER CREEK SPAWNING CHANNEL:
Open 8am – 3:30pm daily until November 1. Located at 17780 Morris Valley Rd, Agassiz.
Built in 1965, the 3-kilometre long Weaver Creek Spawning Channel provides additional spawning habitat for sockeye salmon, and smaller numbers of chum and pink salmon. The spawning channel provides a stable flow of clean water for the salmon eggs and alevins in the gravel. As a result, the channel is protected from flooding and/or freezing that could kill eggs and alevins. Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is located between Mission and Agassiz, 12 kilometres north of the Lougheed Highway on Morris Valley Road. Take Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) east out of Mission for approximately 30 km to Harrison Mills. Turn north on Morris Valley Road and travel for about 12 km to reach the channel.
TAKE A GUIDED BOAT TOUR:
Book a river tour with one of our local guiding companies:
• BC Sportfishing Group 100 Esplanade Ave., Harrison Hot Springs. 1-877-796-3345
• Harrison Eco Tours 100 Esplanade Ave., Harrison Hot Springs. 604-316-4460
• Shoreline Tours 100 Esplanade Ave., Harrison Hot Springs. 604-796-3100
• Fraser River Lodge 7184 Macdonald Rd. Agassiz. 604-796-1210
• Kilby Lodge 76 Kilby Rd. Harrison Mills. 604-316-3988
• Kilby Historic Site 215 Kilby Rd. Harrison Mills. 604-796-9576
• Champ Sportfishing Launches from Kilby Provincial Park. 604-796-2489
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the wondrous natural phenomenon that is Season of the Wild! To inspire your next visit to the Harrison River Valley, follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest or Facebook, or stop by our Visitor Centre & Sasquatch Museum at #102, 160 Lillooet Road. Click the button below to explore even more!