Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour
Extended Full Day Self-Drive Birding Tour
MID APRIL - OCTOBER
Private escorted self-drive tours offered daily
Suggested Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
IDEAL DAY TOUR FOR RESIDENTS OR VISITORS TO
- REGINA (1 h 20 m to Govan)
- MOOSE JAW (1 h 45 m to Govan)
- YORKTON (2h 10 m to Govan)
- PRINCE ALBERT (2h 50m to Govan)
Saskatoon starting point: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Govan starting point: 10:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Estimated Return Driving Distance to Saskatoon: 430 km
PUBLIC WASHROOMS: Located at Sanctuary Visitor Centre, Regional Park plus at gas stations in towns of Colonsay, Young and Watrous that we pass when driving back and forth.
WHERE TO SEE BIRDS AT LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE BIRD SANCTUARY?
LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE BIRD TOUR DESCRIPTION
Visit Last Mountain Lake - the First National Bird Sanctuary to be established in North America!
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.
Both novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome. A loaner pair of binoculars may be available if requested. The leader will bring a spotting scope to allow you to view the birds under high magnification.
- Full Day 8 hour self-drive escorted birding tour from Saskatoon visiting the Last Mountain bird sanctuary plus nearby hotspots. We can meet up with visitors from Regina and Prince Albert.
- An optional 3 hour evening extension permits viewing birds at the optimal time for photography with the sun low in the sky.
- Ideal Birthday gift; Anniversary gift< Mother's Day gift, Father's Day gift or Retirement gift for the birder in your family.
- Spring and Early Summer: Best time to observe grassland birds
- Summer: Observe numerous shorebirds
- Fall: Witness the huge flocks of sandhill cranes and geese.
- Possible Grassland birds include Short-eared Owl, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Upland Sandpiper, Sprague's Pipit, Baird’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Western Meadowlark.
- Possible shorebirds often include Red Knot, Sanderling, Wilson’s Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer.
- Possible waterfowl include Snow, Ross's, Greater White-fronted, Cackling and Canada Geese plus Tundra Swans, White-winged Scoter and 17 other duck species.
Suggested items to Bring:
- Clothes suitable for the weather (rain jacket, sun hat, etc.)
- Water bottle
- Binoculars and camera (optional)
COVID SAFETY POLICY ON TOURS
- Your tour leader is fully vaccinated. For everyone's health and safety, participants must bring a paper copy showing their personal proof of full covid vaccination.
- Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will normally drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the tour.
- 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.
- This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
- 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 client's vehicle.
"Thank you, Stan -- I loved the tour and am looking forward to taking another one soon!" JVP July 13, 2022
"Thanks so much, Stan. I had a great time yesterday. " JC July 12, 2022
LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE BIRDING TOUR FEE
Full Day Last Mountain Lake Birding Tour Fee: CA$590 (about US$470) for groups of 1 – 4 persons Taxes included.
Fee includes guiding services only for 8 hour trip. Client supplies their own transportation in personal or rented vehicle. Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
SAVE $100. If you have space to transport leader in your personal or rented vehicle during tour from Saskatoon and back, then deduct $100 from the tour fee.
Optional Evening Extension Fee: CA$190 adds 3 additional hours to the regular tour.
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 30 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 30 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.
All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity. https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/
LAST MOUNTAIN LAKE BIRDING TOUR RESERVATIONS
RESERVATIONS: Send your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.
Payment instructions by e-transfer will be sent to registrants.
The Algonquian Indians believed that Last Mountain Lake was formed by a great spirit who dug out the lake’s valley to build mountains with its dirt. Some say he made the lake to make room for all the birds of the region.
GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this Last Mountain Lake Birding Tour or any of our other tours.
HOW TO GET TO SASKATOON
Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet, and their partners United and Delta.
Train: Saskatoon's Train Station is served by Via Rail's Canadian train serving Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.
Car: Saskatoon is located on Canada's Yellowhead cross-country highway plus 6 other major highways connecting with all cities in Canada and USA. If you drive, you do not need to rent a car for our tours.
This Last Mountain Lake Birding Tour may be taken in conjunction with any of the following summer birding tours.
- Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tour Series
- Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour - 3 hours from $195
- Chaplin Shorebirds Tour
- Chappell Marsh Birding and Hiking Tour - 2 hours
- Duck Mountain Birding Tour - eastern birds
- Porter Lake Birding Tour
- Prairie Grasslands Birding Tour
- Prairie Lakes Birding Tour - 4 hours $295
- Quill Lakes Birding Tour
- Souris River Birding Tour
- Van Scoy Lakes Birding Tour - mid May - August
- Songbird Stroll
- Sunday Morning Guided Bird Walk
- Duck Mountain Park Group Birding Tour
- Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park Group Birding Tour
- Prince Albert National Park Birding Tour
- Warbler Walking Tour
MULTIPLE TOURS DISCOUNT
Can't decide which tour to take?
Check out our multiple tours discount described here.