Euchalon Run

Stunning scenery and wildlife viewing

Discover the thrill of the Eulachon run and wildlife viewing along the mighty Skeena River.

When to go

February and early March are the best times to witness the magnificent migration of Eulachon, a small fish that attracts a diverse array of wildlife including eagles, seals and more. 

Take in the stunning scenery as you drive along the Skeena River and pull off at designated viewing areas to observe the feast. Watch as the eagles swoop down to catch the fish in mid-air. The presence of seals and sea lions is also a sight to behold as they make their way upstream to feed on the abundant Eulachon.

In addition to wildlife viewing, the Eulachon run is also a cultural and historical event for the indigenous communities of the area who have relied on this resource for generations.

What is Eulachon?

Eulachon is a small fish species found in the Pacific Northwest region, including the Skeena River in Northern British Columbia. 

Eulachon is an important cultural, economic, environmental, and conservation resource for the indigenous peoples of northern BC and the Skeena River region. The Eulachon and its habitat are critical to the well-being of the communities, ecosystems, and species that depend on it. The Eulachon is important to the northern BC region and the indigenous people who live around Terrace, BC for several reasons:

Cultural Significance

Eulachon has long been a significant food source for the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, including the Gitxsan, Nisga’a, and Haida Nations. Eulachon is considered a sacred food and is tied to the cultural identity and spiritual beliefs of these communities.

Economic Importance

Eulachon is also an important economic resource for the indigenous peoples of northern BC. The fish is harvested for its oil, which is used for food and medicinal purposes. The oil is also sold commercially, providing a source of income for many families and communities in the region.

Environmental Significance 

Eulachon play an important role in the ecosystem of the Skeena River, serving as a food source for many species of birds, marine mammals, and fish. The fish also helps to regulate the nutrient levels in the river, supporting the overall health of the ecosystem.

Conservation Value

Eulachon populations have declined in recent years due to a combination of factors, including overfishing, habitat loss, and climate change. The Eulachon is recognized as a species at risk and is considered important for conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest region.

Points of interesT

Along Highway 16 West from Terrace to Prince Rupert, BC.

Thinking of driving from Terrace to Prince Rupert to experience the Eulachon run this year? The Eulachon run and sea lion viewing are highlights, but the highway drive itself is a scenic adventure.

Here are some suggested stops along the way that offer a range of experiences, from viewing wildlife and natural landscapes to cultural and historical sites, and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

  •  Kitsumkalum Bridge
  • MMIW Totem Pole and Pull out
  • Viewpoint of the lower Kalum River
  • Zymmacord River Bridge
  • Valhalla Music Fest Entrance
  • Yellow Cedar Lodge
  • Pioneer Fishing Lodge
  • Fisherman’s B&B
  • Shames Mountain Ski Hill
  • Komoham Lodge
  • Exstew Falls Turn off
  • John Little Falls entrance
  • Andesite Boat Launch
  • Carwash Rock
  • Exchamsiks Day Use Area
  • Kasiks Resort
  • Upper limit of Eulachon/Sea lion migration
  • Good Sea Lion viewing area
  • (Kwinitsa East and West Boat Launches)
  • Abandoned Train Tunnel
  • Rock Faces (Mountain Goat Viewing)
  • Pullout overlooking the Skeena River
  • Basalt Creek Rest Area
  • Khyex River Bridge
  • Skeena City remnants
  • Kitesurfing Area
  • Chief Legaic Pictographs
  • View Point
  • Rainbow Summit 160 m
  • Rainbow Lake Viewpoint
  • Prudhomme Lake Provincial Campground
  • Diana Lake Provincial Park
  • Galloway Rapids Boat launch
  • Oliver Lake Picnic Area
  • Tall Tree Trail
  • Butze Rapids Trail
  • Industrial Area of Prince Rupert

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable adventure!

Make your way to Terrace, BC and experience the excitement of the Eulachon run and wildlife viewing for yourself. It’s the perfect opportunity for nature enthusiasts and families to get outside and immerse themselves in the beauty of the Skeena River.