Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour – 3 hours in a beautiful valley

Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour

January to December

Wednesdays to Sundays

Morning Tours: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Afternoon Tours: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tours start and end in Saskatoon.

Beaver Creek Birding Tour Description

Beaver Creek is an attractive wooded valley with several walking trails. Here this creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River. Many native wildflowers may be found blooming here in summer. An indoor interpretive centre on site has displays and washrooms with running water.

During guided Beaver Creek birding tours, we usually select the trail with the best variety of songbirds. These hiking trails are relatively flat with stairs provided in the steeper portions.

During spring and summer months from mid-May through early-September over 60 species have been found during our Beaver Creek tours.  Additional migrating songbirds may be seen in late May and late August / early September.

In winter, chickadees may land on your hand begging for food.  Redpolls, woodpeckers and perhaps an eagle or ruffed grouse might also be found at Beaver Creek Conservation Area.

Novice and experienced bird watchers are especially welcome.
A loaner pair of binoculars may be available if requested.

This tour is particularly useful for blind and low-vision birders who wish to listen to bird songs from May - July.

Step-on Guide Service available for bus tours.

Covid Safety Policy on Tours

  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated.
  2. Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will usually drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the tour.
  3. Please wear a mask and maintain physical 2 meter distancing when walking outside or viewing birds through the spotting scope that I will set up.
  4. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  5. Please contact us before booking tour if you have any special requests with regard to this policy. In certain cases, if requested, leader may be willing to ride in or drive client's vehicle.

Transportation

Participants on these tours need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs are permitted on private tours. Vehicles pulling trailers are not permitted. This tour is suitable for owners of full electric vehicles. Several Saskatoon hotels have EV charging stations.

Beaver Creek Tour Fee

FEES. CAD $195 (about US $145, £125 ) for a party of 1 – 4 persons for 3 hour tour or
CAD $260 (about US $ 190, £170) for a party of 1 – 4 persons for a 4 hour tour.
Participants supply their own transportation from Saskatoon to Beaver Creek.
SAVE $40 if you have room to transport leader during tour from Saskatoon and back.

TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 14 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 14 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

Tour Registration

Please complete and submit the following form or email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 and provide your email address and phone number and the name of the tour and requested date. Full payment due at time of booking. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received.

Use landline if you don't have a cell phone.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Select all that apply.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted outside during birding stops or hikes.

If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Tour Guide: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your tour guide.

Other Tours and Workshops: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.

QUESTIONS

  • Email birdtours@sasktel.net
  • Phone 306-652-5975

Special Birds of Interest at Beaver Creek

Belted Kingfisher by Nick Sanders
Brown Thrasher by Nick Sanders
Vesper Sparrow by Nick Sanders
Clay-colored Sparrow by Nick Sanders
Spotted Towhee by Nick Sanders
Veery by Nick Sanders
Orange-crowned Warbler by Nick Sanders
American Redstart by Nick Sanders

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

No. Dogs are not permitted at Beaver Creek Conservation Area.

Other Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Beaver Creek Tour may be combined with following summer tours:

Snowy Owl Tour

Gift Certificates Available Now

This Beaver Creek tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, Mother's Day gift, Father's Day gift, graduation gift or special gift for a birder, birdwatcher or anyone interested in nature.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this tour or any of our other tours.

Multiple Tours Discount

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

STAN SHADICK:  Guide for Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Stan Shadick - Tour Leader

TOUR GUIDE: Your guide has many years of experience finding and observing birds throughout Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Stan Shadick has been a birding guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan and other parts of the country that have been organized by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division.

Stan is past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as past president and current field trip chairman for the Saskatoon Nature Society. He is a co-editor of the reference publication “Birds of the Saskatoon Area” and contributed significantly to the recently published “Birds of Saskatchewan”.

Stan was a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops. He regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

Stan volunteers his time leading Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours so that all proceeds benefit the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.