For outdoor and nature enthusiasts, autumn is one of the most spectacular times of the year. Mother Nature puts on a beautiful show of vibrant colours that brighten up even the dreariest days, and all the wildlife is out in full force preparing for the upcoming winter season. In the Harrison region, in the eastern Fraser Valley, autumn signals the return of thousands of bald eagles.
“Sandpiper Golf Course is part of the winter homeland for 5,000 – 10,000 bald eagles — the world’s largest concentration of eagles ever witnessed as they forage, fight and feast on the record salmon runs in the Harrison River,” says David Hancock, Hancock Wildlife Foundation Bald Eagle Biologist
From mid-November through early January, thousands of bald eagles make the Harrison region their home.
Bird and wildlife enthusiasts, nature photographers, and families have a great opportunity to see these magnificent birds of prey from one of the best vantage points, Sand Piper Golf Resort. The resort is located alongside the tranquil waters of the Harrison River, which is packed with salmon that have returned to spawn.
The carefully planned forest golf course is the perfect nesting ground for the returning bald eagles; the 180 ft towering Douglas fir trees make an ideal home, high above so they can keep a watchful eye.
Visitors and golfers may also be lucky to spot other wildlife in the area including local black bears, which feed on the spawning salmon.
The 18-hole, year-round Sandpiper Golf Course is located 1.5 hours east of Vancouver near Harrison Mills and was named 2012 BC Hidden Gem by Inside Golf and the PGA.