Heading out on a road trip to birdwatch during fall migration? We’ve rounded-up some great destinations for birding in Canada, and where to camp nearby. New to birdwatching? Check out our Birdwatching Basics for RVers.
Sandhill crane – image credit: Kim Ruttan-Selbee
Where to birdwatch: Columbia Wetlands, Kootenay Rockies, BC
Located between BC’s Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges, the Columbia Wetlands is a well-traveled bird route. You may find gray owls, western tanagers and one of the largest concentrations of great blue herons in Western Canada.
Where to stay: Year-round RV campgrounds close to the Columbia Wetlands include the Columbia River Wetlands RV Park.
Lesser snow geese – image source: Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Where to birdwatch: Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, BC
Well known as one of Canada’s top spots to birdwatch, up to 80,000 lesser snow geese arrive each fall from Wrangel Island, Russia, to spend the winter at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Where to birdwatch: St. Lawrence Estuary, QC
The St. Lawrence Estuary is a natural barrier for birds heading south during their fall migration, and there are several great spots to enjoy birdwatching along the banks of the estuary.
Where to stay: Parc National du Bic is situated along the banks of the St. Lawrence Estuary and offers year-round camping.
American Robin – image credit: Kim Ruttan-Selbee
Where to birdwatch: Algonquin Park, ON
Algonquin Park is a popular bird watching destination in Ontario. You’ll spot Gray Jays, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, and Black-backed Woodpeckers.
Where to stay: Algonquin Park’s Mew Lake Campground is open year-round, offering electrical hook-ups and fully winterized restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
Where to birdwatch: MacGregor Point Provincial Park, ON
Located along the Lake Huron shoreline, more than 200 species of birds have been sighted at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, as the shoreline is a recognized spring and fall migration route. You may spot shorebirds during their fall migration, such as sandpipers and plovers, on their way from the arctic to South America.
Where to stay: Campsites at MacGregor Point Provincial Park are available for reservation and on a first-come, first-served basis year-round.