Hancock here: a promotion for Fraser River Safari Tours — with David Hancock as a guide – if you request! This means I get a free eagle survey!
Re Special Bald Eagle Tours on the Harrison River – the home of the world’s Bald Eagle gatherings in November through December. We can have David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation as a Tour Guide if you request. We often see 2000 to 7500 eagles in an outing. You can see Hancock’s Live Eagle CAMs or tracking of their gps tagged eagles at: www.hancockwildlife.org
On Saturday Nov. 14, I counted 2848 eagles. The numbers will increase through mid December.
During the winter eagle gatherings the tours are usually 1 to 1 ½ hours long most days and weekends. During the Covid restrictions the tours are often limited to single families or groups of 3 to 5 persons. These Eagle Tours happen in November, December and January and depart historic Kilby on the Harrison river in the heart of eagle country.
Tours are available all year to all the surrounding river tributaries.
Spot Eagles, Bears and Seals on this Epic River Safari in the Lower Mainland
Fraser River Safari Tours allows guests to experience the wilderness up close and personal from the comfort of a custom designed “safari craft.” These boats can hold up to 22 passengers and come equipped with five heaters so that guests may enjoy the thrilling adventure in total comfort in all weather.
The Fraser River is a whopping 850 miles long and is the largest producer of sockeye salmon in the world. What’s more, the massive waterway is home to Canada’s greatest population of sturgeons. The Harrison River tributary just 90 km east of Vancouver houses the world’s largest gathering of Bald Eagles each fall with 35,000 to 50,000 migrating through the valley annually. The Harrison waterway also supports a dozen breeding pairs during the summer. See guided tours with eagle biologist David Hancock.
Fraser River Safari Jet Boat Tours allows guests to experience the wilderness up close and personal from the comfort of a custom designed “safari craft.” These boats can hold up to 22 passengers and come equipped with five heaters so that guests may enjoy the thrilling adventure in total comfort.
They recommend having a camera on hand to snap pictures of the seal, deer, bear or bald eagles of the Valley.
Fraser River Safari Jet Boat Tours
Throughout the summer most of the tours are between three and five hours in length, and stop around every hour and 15 minutes for bathroom breaks. Further, these scenic, fully interpreted tours are perfect for people of all ages, and therefore children are welcome to join along in the fun while they learn about animals.
They typically depart from Mission, which is just over an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. As such, the safari makes a perfect day-trip for families or groups who want to get out of the city and into the wild.
The tours offer wildlife viewing, history, culture and many fantastic photo opportunities, but there are also custom tours that offer other interesting activities.
Their Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Tours, for example, take you into the Chehalis/Harrison Estuary and up close to the hundreds, even thousands of eagles that return each November.
Learn more about the tours and make bookings here.