Provincial Parks are a Birdwatcher's Delight
Ontario Encourages Families to Look to the Sky
Ontario offers some of the best birdwatching in the world!
Come and see what you can spot now or plan a trip to experience the annual migration in full swing.
Bring your field guide and binoculars to these provincial parks for prime viewing spots and rare sightings:
- Long Point sits on a 40-kilometre sand spit that extends into Lake Erie. Located southwest of Port Dover, it is a world-renowned refuge and stopover for migrating birds in fall and spring.
- Presqu’ile, south of Brighton, is a major flyway for migrating birds, home to waterfowl and shorebirds, and a staging point for Mexico-bound monarchs.
- Rondeau’s observation tower overlooks a marshland where herons, bitterns and rails nest. More than 80 per cent of Ontario’s bird species have been observed at this Chatham-area park.
- Port Burwell, southeast of St. Thomas, is one of the best places to witness the fall migration of hawks, monarchs, blue jays and dragonflies.
- MacGregor Point stretches along seven kilometres of Lake Huron coastline. Home to the annual spring Huron Fringe Birding Festival, this park south of Port Elgin is open year-round.
- Lake Superior provides good bird watching opportunities because of the diversity of habitats in the park. The transition between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and boreal forests supports a mix of northern and southern species.
Birdwatchers can pursue their hobby by day or camp overnight. Campsites can be reserved online 24 hours a day or by calling the park reservation line at 1-888-ONT-PARK between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Visitors can have a whole year of fun with an Ontario Parks annual day-use pass.
- More than 475 bird species have been spotted in Ontario, nearly 73 per cent of species found in Canada.
- In 2012, Ontario's provincial parks received more than nine million visits and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities. Many Ontario provincial parks provide barrier-free facilities.
- Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 students each summer.
“Ontario has one of the largest and best park systems in the world. Our provincial parks provide a wonderful place to observe birds in their natural habitat. I encourage all Ontarians to visit a provincial park this fall.”