Birding in Bruce County

Along the Lake Huron coastline, MacGregor Point Provincial Park (1593 Bruce Road 33, Port Elgin) gives birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring; At the end of the migration period, birds are on nest, migrants are everywhere, insects abound and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. Expect to see Bald Eagles, hummingbirds, Black throated Warblers, and so much more!

The park hosts the annual Huron Fringe Birding Festival in late May and early June. Don't miss this incredible celebration of biodiversity, nature, and learning!

Book well in advance to stay in a cozy yurt right in the park. Alternativelt, stay only 5 kilometers away at the comfortable Port Elgin Super 8 (5129 Ontario 21 South, Port Elgin).

In the morning, head to Sun Rise Café (235 Goderich Street, Port Elgin) for a filling Canadian breakfast. Or, for lighter fare, grab a sweet or savory waffle and a fair-trade, organic coffee or tea at Rabbit Dash (688 Goderich Street, Port Elgin). Spend the day taking in birding, guided hiking, workshops, photography, and more! Visit for more information.

After a day enjoying some of Ontario’s best birding, head to Rosina Ristorante (698 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 519-389-5977) for fantastic thin-crust pizzas and garlicy Caesar salad.

Not able to make the festival? Not to worry; Bruce County offers plenty of excellent birding opportunities year round:

  • Chantry Island, just off shore from Southampton, hosts a large number of nesting waterbirds
  • Isaac Lake is notable for nesting marsh birds
  • The Ferndale Flats is the place to find nesting meadow species
  • Black Creek Provincial Park is a unique northern micro-habitat that draws many migrants, and hosts some rare breeders 
  • Stokes Bay is one of the county’s best spots to find migrating shorebirds and ducks
  • Cabot Head is a premier location to observe spring migrations near the beautiful Cabot Head Lighthouse, plus Cabot Head Research Station offers many volunteer opportunities for the keen birder: Visit for more information.
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park boasts a diverse collection of migrant and breeding birds
  • Catch a glimpse of endangered Piping Plovers nesting on the beaches in Port Elgin, Sauble Beach, or Oliphant
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