Near Squamish, B.C. (the mountainous “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada” 45 minutes north of Vancouver), where the Cheakamus and Cheekye rivers meet, hundreds of hungry bald eagles congregate each winter to feast on chum salmon spawning in the pristine glacial waters. It’s a sight to see, and a local resort and rafting company called Sunwolf is there to assist.
The colder months bring calmer currents, so Sunwolf’s 16-foot raft can quietly slip through the corridor of magnificent raptors, providing unmatched photographic opportunities during the nearly two-hour float. Afterward, guests can return to the crackling fireplace at Sunwolf’s lodge, then enjoy a bowl of gourmet stew made from scratch at onsite gem Fergie’s Café. Cap the adventure with an optional soak in the hot tub and an overnight stay in one of 11 cabins perched along the riverside.
Eagle Viewing Floats run daily at 11:30 a.m. from December to mid-February and cost $110 per person ($75 for children under 12). Transportation from Vancouver is $30 per person. Overnight packages start from $285, based on double occupancy.