Why Sandpiper Resort Is The Best Destination To See The Bald Eagle Migration

Last Updated on December 1, 2022

Where Is Sandpiper Resort?

Sandpiper Resort is located in Harrison Mills, British Columbia. It is only 90 minutes from Vancouver and 20 minutes from the town of Harrison Hot Springs.

The best thing about Sandpiper Resort? Its location is situated near all the attractions, but not so close that you’re constantly jostled by tourism.

For anyone who loves nature, the Sandpiper golf course is a must-see.  Surrounded by the picturesque Cheam Mountains, the course offers two distinct experiences: golfing amidst ancient Douglas firs, and open fairways with stunning views of Harrison River. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Sandpiper is one of BC’s most popular courses.

Most uniquely,  the Sandpiper Resort is an incredible location to find yourself plenty of opportunities to see bald eagles during the biggest winter migration in the world, from October to February.

It is hands down the best destination to enjoy the bald eagle migration.

Premiere Eagle Migration Viewing

The Sandpiper Resort is one of the premiere spots to witness eagles during their winter migration. With Harrison Mills being in such a picturesque location in British Columbia, you will not want to miss out on this opportunity. The migration peak is usually around mid-November until the end of December, so make sure to keep that time frame open!

Get lost in their forest walk or watch the eagles soar from the eagle observation deck. The eagle walk starts not long after you park in the Sandpiper parking lot. Follow the clearly-marked eagle directional and interpretive signage through the forest to the eagle-viewing gazebo for an up-close experience.

Do not be alarmed if you find discarded fish heads or bones along the trail. Use this opportunity to get a fuller understanding of what is happening in this annual rite of nature when you find these discarded pieces after an eagle has finished its meal.

The fact that such grand migrations are still possible after centuries of human influence speaks volumes about how vital it is for us all to take responsibility for protecting our environment for future generations to enjoy.

The Chehalis Flats at Sandpiper Resort is an idyllic spot for eagle-watching between October and February. It is important to stay off the flats at this time so that this rite of nature is not disturbed.

The Eagle Observation Deck is such a fantastic spot for eagle viewing, that the last time we were there mid-end of November, we counted over 100 eagles in less than an hour. It was completely mind-blowing!

You can find out everything you need to know about viewing the eagle migration by reading: World’s Largest Eagle Migration Happens In BC.

Here is a great map of the property so that you can find your way around.

Related story – Exploring The Harrison River Valley

Other Eagle Viewing Areas

The Sandpiper is right in the heart of a lot of the eagle migration viewing areas that are off of the resort grounds, but are still close enough that makes the Sandpiper a great choice as an eagle adventure base. Find out more about the nearby eagle hotspots you will not want to miss in our blog post about the eagle migration.


The Pacific Coastal region of British Columbia is one of the most captivating places to watch the eagles migrate every year, with their tremendous wingspan soaring through the air in search of fish. Watching them take flight is a true marvel, but after long days spent out in nature, you need a warm and comfortable place to rest your head at night.

Sandpiper Resort (Rowena’s Inn On The River) is the perfect location!

The Sandpiper boasts rustic and luxury cabins nestled amongst towering trees near the river, giving you unbeatable peace and tranquillity in addition to stunning views.

We understand the importance of having enough quality rest after an exciting day outdoors – especially when those days consist of eagle-viewing – so come explore BC and enjoy a cozy cabin at Sandpiper Resort!

After all, there’s no better way to truly appreciate nature than fully immersing yourself in it. Then, put your feet up and enjoy!

We appreciated how these Harrison cabin rentals respected the local wildlife and salmon that are indigenous and sacred to the area.

The luxury nature cabins are beautiful, yet comforting with a rustic feel and contemporary touches. Perfect for a big group or family, these cabins offer more space than the classic cabin.

If you’re looking for a cabin that’s more rustic and doesn’t have luxury amenities, the classic cabins are a great option. The view of the Harrison River and mountains is breathtaking.

Another highlight of the property is Rowena’s Inn on the River. This Inn, themed after one from the colonial 1920s, pays tribute to its original owners, the Pretty family. It has become quite popular for weddings and other special occasions.

Luxury Nature Series Cabins

We stayed in a three-bedroom luxury nature series cabin called Kermode. On our previous visit, we also thoroughly enjoyed the cabin right next door, Chinook. There are two three-bedroom cabins.

The cabin was a dream, with every inch of it cloaked in luxury. From the wonderful showers to the cozy bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen, no aspect of the cabin was left untouched by its opulence. Even though six people were staying there, it never felt cramped or small thanks to its clean design and vaulted ceilings.

The cabin was clean and welcoming, felt cozy, and the beds were comfortable. With super stimulating days exploring, we had no problem falling asleep when our heads hit the pillow. We were surrounded by complete quiet at night, in a warm cabin.

We brought along the kids’ robes and they loved feeling like big kids as they relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company (who am I kidding, of course, there was some sibling rivalry, too!)

Undivided Time Together

There’s something calming and charming about cabins that makes you want to take it slow and enjoy the moment. We really cherish these slower moments with our family that we had during our stay.

From cuddling around the fireplace, to board games, and tasty treats, we felt that we did not leave any stone unturned on the comfy, cozy, and relaxing part of our trip.

We loved starting the day off with a warm drink and enjoying the plethora of eagles that kept flying by endlessly. If you didn’t want to venture out, you really wouldn’t have to, with all the eagles we witnessed right off of our cabin deck, but we still highly advise you to go for a wander!

River’s Edge Clubhouse Restaurant

The River’s Edge Clubhouse, located on the picturesque Sandpiper Resort property, offers not only breathtaking views with your meal but also a wide range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items. If you’re staying in one of the resort’s cozy cabins, you can even take your food to go!

After trying a few different meals over our visits to the Sandpiper, it is safe to say that we have not yet tried something that we did not like! Our favorites are the french toast and golf cart sandwich for breakfast, the turkey clubhouse, nachos, and salmon burger for dinner, and vanilla cheesecake for dessert.

A Perfect Break

The Sandpiper Resort is the perfect place to stay when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  During the eagle migration, we love to watch the birds soaring overhead. When we just need a couple of nights away for a staycation, the Sandpiper Resort is our first choice. The cabins are spacious and comfortable, and the staff is always friendly and accommodating.

We highly recommend the Sandpiper Resort to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway.


Disclaimer: We were guests of Sandpiper Resort and Tourism Harrison, but our opinions are our own. This post may also contain affiliate links; they help us keep this website running. Thank you for your support!


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