Past Events






​Lovely Weather for Ducks for the 2nd Annual Eagle Walk

The rain did not ruffle any feathers at the Friends of Cheakamus 2nd Annual Eagle Walk on Sunday, December 9th. Nearly thirty nature enthusiasts gathered at Cheakamus Centre for the last member event of 2018, including several young, budding birders!

It was a bird watcher’s paradise with bountiful bald eagles in the trees overhead, a variety of waterfowl in the ponds, and many shorebirds feasting on spawned-out salmon carcasses along the riverbanks.

Thank you to our walk leaders Jason Bigelow, Erika Ellis, and Kate Keogh who shared their experience and knowledge in fun and engaging ways for all ages. A special thank you to master carver Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) for telling the story of the Reconciliation House Post for a lucky few!

It was a delight to walk among these magnificent birds of prey with our friends of Cheakamus. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Keep an eagle eye on our website for upcoming member events as Cheakamus Centre celebrates its milestone 50th Anniversary in 2019.

Click here to learn more about Friends of Cheakamus, or to renew your membership. There is still time to give a Gift of Membership to the nature lover on your list!

The inaugural River Feast: Walk on the Wild Side was a delicious success!

Fifty-five guests shared in a progressive-style dining experience that culminated with a long table feast on the banks of the Ch’iyák-mesh River. Guests enjoyed a seasonally inspired menu that was thoughtfully prepared by Chef Wade and his culinary team. We were honoured that Xwlacktun (Rick Harry) provided a traditional welcome. A special thank you to our event sponsors: BlueShore Financial, Pacific Salmon Foundation and RDC Fine Homes; and to our station sponsors: Backcountry Brewery, Fort Berens Estate Winery, and Spirit Bear Coffee Company. It was a magical evening, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year. More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

"Your location there at Cheakamus Centre is so beautiful and full of spirit. So special. I really loved the experience.”

~Marie-Anne Prevost, River Feast Guest, Whistler, BC.

Grant Writing Workshop a Success!

A dynamic group of people representing arts, education, environmental, and health organizations came together to explore the world of grant writing in a workshop held in June. During this collaborative session, participants shared information about critical projects, moved through the grant writing process, identified resources, and even started to think about how to celebrate the completion of these initiatives.We look forward to seeing the implementation of these important programs that will enhance the quality of life for thousands of people throughout the corridor!

Earth Day: A Unique Friends of Cheakamus Special Event!

What better way to spend Earth Day then at Cheakamus Centre for an exclusive Friends of Cheakamus event! Friends gathered for a beautiful forest walk and experienced a day of exploration and discovery, led by volunteer experts. Don't miss out on our next event - become a Friend of Cheakamus today!

Wintering Bald Eagles Walk - A Friends of Cheakamus Event was a Success!

On January 6, 2018 more than two dozen adults and children gathered at Cheakamus Centre for the first Friends of Cheakamus members’ event of the year – Wintering Bald Eagles Walk. After fueling up on hot coffee and freshly-baked bannock, the group headed out in the field. Members viewed bald eagles close-up in their winter habitat, and learned about the unique ecology and wildlife of the area from volunteer experts Victor Elderton and Kate Keogh. Vic and Kate shared their knowledge and enthusiasm in a way that intrigued adults and children alike, and opened everyone’s eyes to the wonders of these magnificent birds of prey. Jason Bigelow, longtime Cheakamus friend and talented birder, also came along and helped with bird identification. The rain held off and there was a good handful of sightings on this easy-paced, highly interpretive walk along the Cheakamus River dyke trail.

Everyone had a great time and this event was so successful that we will be hosting a spring nature walk for Friends of Cheakamus members when the weather warms. Stay tuned!

"An amazing day! Learning about eagles from engaging experts in the field. I’m looking forward to the Spring event." ~ Luke Smeaton from SD 44 - Manager of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Planning

"I have been telling everyone who will listen that they should become a Friend of Cheakamus so they can check out the next event - and bring their kids!" ~ Steph