Offshore Birding Excursion for Experienced Birders

Let your binoculars lead you, and we will safely facilitate your birding by boat experience.

The Bruce Peninsula is on a major North American bird migration corridor, known as the ‘Huron Fringe’. It is a must visit for birders.

We facilitate your on-water birding excursion to see nesting sites and rookeries offshore in the Fishing Islands of Lake Huron. A number of other species pass through this area. This opportunity is for experienced birders who are able to independently identify species they may encounter along with the typical heron, gull and egret found on these sites. Our operator/guides know the route and locations and can lead the way, but will not be providing birding expertise, on this particular excursion.

The area where we tour by boat includes coastal wetlands, island and mainland shoreline and nesting sites on the rocky reefs and shoals of the islands, in May and June. Some birds may remain on the nest into the first week or two of July, but there are many less birds on the nests by then.

The Huron Fringe Birding Festival which takes place at McGregor Point, just 45 km south of our departure location takes place in our region every May/June, is enjoyed by many. The 2017 festival bird count tallied 181 species. The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory is located at Cabot Head on the Bruce Peninsula, just 60 km north. This station in North Bruce has a significant fall migration monitoring program. A total of 133 species of birds were detected in standard count area over the monitoring season.

Time: 7:00 AM (May and June)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: Adults (16-64) – $49.50*, Seniors (65+) – $47.50*, Youth (6-15) – $39.50*

* plus HST

Oliphant Departure


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