Canada – Saskatchewan Mid-Summer Birding Grand Tour: August 3 – 10, 2024

Canada Saskatchewan 8-day Birding Tour

Saskatchewan mid-Summer Birding Tour

Canada Saskatchewan mid-Summer Birding Tour
August 3 – 10, 2024

Guiding Fee
USD $2150 per person
CAD $2950 per person
UK £1700 per person

Join our mid-Summer Birding Tour to Saskatchewan, Canada during the peak of the nesting season when bird song abounds. Saskatchewan is located near the centre of North America where several bird migration flyways meet. Consequently, this bird-rich province of Canada is home to nesting birds from both eastern and western North America.

Migration Flyways meet in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is well known as the duck factory of North America because most species of waterfowl nest in our abundant wetlands.  Many shorebirds, pelicans, rails and grebes also nest in our lakes and sloughs. We will visit many hotspots for water birds including Blackstrap Lake and Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.

The great expanses of arid prairie grasslands attract many special ground-nesting birds. We will observe unique prairie birds at Saskatchewan’s Great Sand Hills and many other pastures.

If you don’t have time for the full Canada Saskatchewan Birding Tour, ask us about joining us for parts of this fantastic tour.

Great Sand Hills Birding Tour
August 5 – 7

Special Birds of Interest

During this Canada – Saskatchewan Birding Tour, we expect to observe over 170 species.

A few special possible birds include

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Gray Partridge
  • Western Grebe
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Egret
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Golden Eagle
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Willet
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • California Gull
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Western Tanager
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Bobolink
  • Orchard Oriole

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Grasslands National Park

Day 1 – Sat. August 3, 2024: Saskatoon

Plan to arrive in Saskatoon, Canada today.

Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by these airlines: Air Canada, Westjet, Flair, Porter and their numerous partners including United and Delta.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM We have scheduled a short visit to the weir on the South Saskatchewan River to look for American White Pelicans.

Overnight: ParkTown Hotel, Saskatoon
Supper on your own. Many restaurants in downtown Saskatoon.

Pelican at weir bird walk
American White Pelican
by Nick Saunders

Day 2 Sun. August 4, 2024: Forestry Farm Park and Ferry Birding

8:15 AM Check out of hotel after breakfast.
8:30 AM  We will go on a bird walk through Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park

Early lunch on your own in the Park Town Hotel

12:30 PM We will leave for a Ferry birding tour where we visit birding sites along the South Saskatchewan River north of Saskatoon. We will also visit Fish Creek Historical site where a battle took place during the North West Rebellion.

Supper on your own in Saskatoon.

Overnight: Park Town hotel


Ferry Birding Tour on South Saskatchewan River
Ferry Birding Tour: August 16

Forestry Farm Bird Walk

Day 3 Mon August 5, 2024: Great Sand Hills

8:15 AM Check out of hotel after breakfast.
8:30 AM  We then drive west making stops at a Delisle pond  and Kindersley Regional Park to search for water birds.

Grab take out food on the road for lunch today and supper this evening in the sandhills.

In the early afternoon, we will explore the birdlife in the badlands near the South Saskatchewan River.

In the late afternoon, we will drive to the scenic Great Sand Hills and watch for prairie birds. We will watch for Prairie Falcon, Long-billed Curlew,  Lark and Vesper Sparrows, Mountain Bluebirds, Loggerhead Shrikes, Western Kingbirds,

Optional late evening outing to listen for owls or Common Poorwills.

Overnight: Leader hotel

Great Sand Hills Birding Tour
August 5 – 7

Day 4 Tue. August 6, 2024: Leader – Kyle

Breakfast in Leader
After checking out of the hotel, we will search for birds along the South Saskatchewan River Valley near Estuary Ferry, Lemsford Ferry Regional Park and Lancer Ferry

We will grab a picnic lunch to eat on the road

In the evening, we will search for prairie birds at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and eat supper in their restaurant. We will make a stop at an old Buffalo Rubbing Stone.

Optional late evening owling

Overnight at Kyle motel.

Lark Sparrow

Day 5 Wed. August 7, 2024: Kyle to Saskatoon

In the morning, we will have breakfast in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and hike up a coulee trail in search of Yellow-breasted Chats, Brown Thrasher and other prairie birds.

After lunch, we drive back to Saskatoon by following back roads through scenic grassland country.

Supper on your own. Many restaurants in downtown Saskatoon.

Overnight ParkTown Hotel Saskatoon for first of 3 nights.

Overnight ParkTown Hotel Saskatoon for second of 3 nights.

Day 6 Thu. August 8, 2024: Cosmopolitan, President Murray and Blackstrap Lake Parks

7:00 AM Breakfast in hotel.

8:15 AM. We depart hotel and make a stop to look for one of Saskatoon’s nesting Peregrine Falcons.

9:00 AM We will hike Saskatoon’s riverbank through Cosmopolitan Park looking for songbirds.

11:30 AM Look for forest birds in the spruce trees of Saskatoon’s President Murray Park.
We grab some lunch at a fast food restaurant

1:30 PM Visit Blackstrap Lake south of Saskatoon to look for lake birds.

Supper on your own in hotel

Overnight ParkTown Hotel Saskatoon for third of 3 nights.

Day 7 Fri August 9, 2024 Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary

7:00 AM Breakfast in hotel.

8:30 AM We join a birding day tour to Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.
We will start by driving southeast of Saskatoon making birding stops along the way.

11:00 AM Visit Last Mountain Lake Regional Park part of the bird sanctuary
We will grab food to eat in the park picnic area.

1:00 PM Visit the main access roads through the Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary

4:00 PM Return drive to Saskatoon

6:00 PM Arrive at hotel
Supper on your own in hotel

On the recommendation of Edgar Dewdney, Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories, this Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary was set aside in 1887 by the government of Sir John A MacDonald (Canada’s first prime minister) for the protection of wildfowl, the first such reserve on the North American continent. It was established as a federal migratory bird sanctuary four years after Parliament passed the Migratory Birds Convention Act of 1917.

Internationally recognized, Last Mountain Lake wildlife area is a migration stopover point in spring and fall for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, cranes and countless smaller birds, and a summer nesting area for over 100 species, including several rare species.

Overnight Park Town Hotel Saskatoon.

Western Grebe
by Nick Saunders

Day 8 Sat. August 10, 2024 Chief Whitecap Park and Shorebird tours

8:10 AM After breakfast, we will head to Chief Whitecap Park, just south of Saskatoon. This riverbank park has Veery, White-breasted Nuthatch and various woodpeckers and other woodland birds.  Orange-crowned Warblers occur here. The prairie grassland in the park attracts Sprague’s Pipit.

12:00 PM Lunch at a Saskatoon Restaurant

1:00 PM We will drive backroads east of Saskatoon as we search for migrating shorebirds.

5:00 PM Tour ends when we return to Park Town Hotel.


Saskatoon Shorebirds Tour

Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

STAN SHADICK:  Guide for Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

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 has volunteered as 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.

Canada Mid-Summer Birding Tour Fees

Guiding Fee: CAD $2950 per person (about USD $2150; UK £1700) due at time of booking.

Discount: Ask about a possible $400 discount if you have room to transport leader in your non-smoking vehicle.

Car Rental: You need to rent your own vehicle from the Saskatoon airport. A discount off the guiding fee may be available if you agree to transport the leader from Saskatoon and back at no cost to him in a non-smoking vehicle.

Accommodation: You need to book your own accommodation. A list of motel dates and phone numbers will be sent to registered guests. If you prefer, the leader will book your accommodation using your credit card.

Meals: you need to pay for your own meals.

Park Entry Fees: You need to pay for your own park entry fees.


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

Tax Receipts






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 Reservations

RESERVATIONS for Canada Saskatchewan Mid-Summer Birding Tour: August 3 – 10, 2024.

Please complete and submit the following form or email us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

Phone: 306-652-5975

Payment instructions will be emailed to you after you complete and submit the form below.

All fees support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

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Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted during meals, anywhere in shared accommodations or outside during birding stops or hikes.

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Weir Birding and Walking Tour
White Pelican by Nick Saunders

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Tour Guide

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