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Canada is well known for its beautiful landscapes and vast expanses of wilderness, but one of Canada’s greatest treasures is birds. Canada in general is a bird lover’s paradise because of the various ecosystems, but here are four bird-watching destinations sure to capture the hearts of any nature lover.
Point Pelee National Park, Ontario
Forget being just one of the best birding sites in Canada, Point Pelee National Park is one of the best places for birding in the world. Point Pelee, which is at the southernmost part of Canada, is at the crossroads of two major migration flyways, meaning you’ll see hundreds of different bird species. The park is also known as the “Warbler Capital of Canada” because you can see nearly every warbler species there.
The best times to go bird watching at Point Pelee are during spring and fall migration. During spring migration, the park holds the Festival of Birds, which draws in birders from around the globe. It’s definitely a site to see for bird watchers of all types.
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland
From the “Warbler Capital of Canada” we next come to the “Seabird Capital of North America.” Newfoundland in general is an amazing place to go bird watching, specifically for seabirds, but it’s impossible to get the full extent of everything Newfoundland has to offer by only going to one place on the island. Still if you were only able to go to one spot in Newfoundland, it has to be Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve.
The reserve is home to one of the largest seabird colonies on Newfoundland and bird watchers can see nesting Northern Gannets, Black Guillemots, Razorbills and various ducks.
Continuing with the theme of “capitals,” although Churchill is nicknamed the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” it also has a thriving industry for bird watchers. From May until August, visitors can see more than 250 bird species all within a 25-mile radius. Some of the species visitors to Churchill can spot include the Snowy Owl, American Golden Plover, Tundra Swan and more.
This area is a generally beautiful place, so along with the birds, nature lovers can enjoy the landscape, diverse wildlife and Aurora Borealis when the conditions are right.
Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest, is in the Rocky Mountains, making it a completely different terrain than the previous sites on this list and affords some breathtaking views. Spring and early summer are the best times of year for bird watching in Banff National Park, but it’s also one of the few places that’s quite productive in winter.
Just some of the species you might encounter while birding here include Pygmy Owls, Cliff Swallows, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Gray Jays, various birds of prey and hundreds of others.