Self-guided Birding Sites

Lesser-known stops for spotting birds in Ontario's Southwest

In addition to 17 designated birding hubs, Ontario's Southwest is home to dozens of conservation areas, parks, trails and preserves that have been recognized as excellent destinations for spotting a variety of birds. Experience them for yourself as you explore Canada's South Coast Birding Trail. Click here to see the complete collection of stops mapped along the trail.

Self-guided Birding Sites

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Aylmer Wildlife Management Area Situated on 338 acres (137 hectares) of crown land, the...

Backus Woods North Backus Woods is one of the highest quality old growth...

Backus Woods South Backus Woods is one of the highest quality old growth...

Big 'O' Conservation Area The Big ‘O’ Conservation Area is one of...

Big Creek National Wildlife Area Big Creek National Wildlife Area (NWA) is located on the...

Birding In Oxford County Oxford County is located within the Carolinian life zone in...

Bright's Grove Sewage Lagoons and Woodland The Bright’s Grove Lagoons were dug well off the road...

Chesney Wilderness Area Chesney Wilderness Area is a 93 hectare (230 acre) natural...

Coppen's Tract Part of the proposed Long Point Birding Trail Sites in...

Dry Lake The community of Marlbank is a cottager’s paradise, in...

Erieau Pier The pier is an excellent location to spot a variety of birds...

Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve Fish Point, on the southwestern tip of Pelee Island, is a...

Fisherville Raptor Preserve With over 53 species recorded to date, this area is well...

Gibbon's Park Located along the beautiful Thames River, Gibbons Park...

Grand Bend Grand Bend Area vacations are a fabulous mix of outdoor...

Haldimand Bird Observatory Established in 1996, Haldimand Bird Observatory currently...

Haldimand Conservation Area Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie, Haldimand...

Hastings Drive Visit this beautiful shoreline to watch wildlife and birds...

Hawk Cliff **This site is currently closed, set to reopen in 2016**...

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area Witnessing migration activity at the Spring Shore and...

Holiday Beach Conservation Area Known for the Festival of Hawks, Holiday Beach and Big...

Holiday Beach Conservation Area This Conservation Area offers a long sandy beach on the Lake...

Inner Bay Long Point Inner Bay is not only an excellent spot for...

Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Called by some the "father" of North American...

Joany's Woods Joany's Woods is a 148-ha (367-acre) parcel of land located...

Keith McLean Conservation Area The Keith McLean Conservation Lands was officially opened on...

Kettle Point Kettle Point also known as Wiiwkwedong is part of the...

Kilally Meadows Environmentally Sensitive Area The river and diversity of habitats makes Kilally Meadows...

Lake St. Clair-Mitchell's Bay Known throughout the entire Midwest for its great fishing,...

Lawson Woods The Lawson Nature Reserve’s topography varies from...

Leamington Harbour With its close proximity to a world-class birding location...

Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area The Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area (WMA) offers unique...

Long Point Provincial Park Long Point Provincial Park is the fourth oldest Provincial...

Long Point Tours Come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind adventure and experience...

McGeachy Pond Conservation Area McGeachy Pond Conservation Area is a 15 hectare property...

McKeough Conservation Area A 3 km trail winds through a forest just south of the...

Ojibway Park & Nature Centre The newly reconstructed Nature Centre is open seven days a...

Parkhill Conservation Area Each season brings something new along the nature trails at...

Pelee Island Come and discover one of Canada's Best Kept Secrets - Pelee...

Perch Creek Habitat Management Area The Perch Creek Habitat Management Area is owned by the...

Point Edward Enviable waterfront parks, beaches and marinas welcome you...

Port Franks Forested Dune This unique Area of Natural and Scientific Interest forms a...

Port Rowan Wetlands The trail begins just off of Hunter Drive North, and...

Rock Glen Conservation Area Rock Glen Conservation Area, Arkona, is a gorgeous,...

Ruigrok Tract Conservation Area Ruigrok Tract protects a large tract of interior forest...

Selkirk Provincial Park At Selkirk Provincial Park, you can enjoy the...

Sinclair's Bush Sinclair's Bush is a 46-hectare, significant forest in the...

Skunk's Misery Skunk's Misery is one of the largest and most significant...

Springbank Park Springbank Park is a 140-hectare (300 acre) park located...

Springwater Conservation Area The Springwater Conservation Area provides 8 kilometres of...

St Clair National Wildlife Area This wildlife sanctuary is a haven for birders. Spring and...

St. Williams Conservation Reserve The St. Williams Conservation Reserve is a 1035 hectare area...

Stone Road Alvar The Stone Road Alvar on Pelee Island is designated as a...

Sturgeon Creek The Sturgeon Creek water body, located off Point Pelee Road...

Taquanyah Conservation Area Located about 5 km west of Cayuga, the Taquanyah...

Thames River Trail Fishing is a popular recreational activity along the entire...

The Tip of Long Point Come explore the  Long Point  area, and see why...

Tremblay Beach Conservation Area Tremblay Beach Conservation Area is one of only two marshes...

Turkey Point Beach Two miles of groomed sandy beach offer safe swimming for all...

Turkey Point Provincial Park Well known for its bird migration, Turkey Point is a...

Warbler Woods Warbler Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is...

Waterford Lake Conservation Area A favourite with anglers, the three ponds at Waterford North...

Wawanosh Wetlands The Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area is part of a series...

Westminister Ponds Park At approximately 200 hectares, Westminster Ponds /Pond Mills...

Wheatley Harbour The Wheatley Harbour is located on the north shore of Lake...

Wheatley Provincial Park Wheatley Provincial Park is Ontario’s “deep...

Wheatley Two Creeks Conservation Area Located on the eastern side of Point Pelee, Two Creeks...

Wilson Tract The Wilson Tract is one of several managed forest tracts in...