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Provincial Parks are a Birdwatcher's Delight

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Provincial Parks are a Birdwatcher's Delight

Ontario Encourages Families to Look to the Sky

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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David Orazietti

“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.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

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    Minister’s Office

    416-314-2206

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    Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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