Get a free ticket for nature’s theatre of birds and turn this summer’s vacation experience into a learning adventure that’s fun for the whole family. The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located just minutes east of Upper Canada Village has self-guided hiking trails and many nature awareness programs for campers to enjoy. Our Visitor Interpretive Centre features interesting displays and themed retail merchandise.
The Sanctuary was established in 1961 on lands acquired by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission after the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and covers 9,000 hectares of a variety of wildlife habitats, including: a mature upland forest, early successional woods, old fields, wetlands and open water. With more than 8 kilometers of self-guided nature trails winding through these natural habitats, the seasoned birder and amateur naturalist, alike, will have excellent opportunities to view up to 200 waterfowl, raptor, passerine and other bird species with either the naked eye or binoculars. From colourful Cardinals to swift Sparrows to lonely Loons, the collection of song birds, birds of prey, endangered species and winter fowl — you will be sure to see many on your journey with us.
Catch glimpses of wildlife or partake in one of the special events and environmental programs offered year round. A visit to the Interpretive Centre, bird watching, and wildlife study are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy at the Sanctuary. Imagine thousands of Canada Geese anxiously awaiting their feed. That is the magnificent sight you will see during fall at the Sanctuary. It is also designated a cycle friendly site to enjoy!