Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour with 2 new options

Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary Tour

Extended Full Day Tour from mid April – October

Self-Drive Birding Tour

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 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 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.

  • Full Day 8 hour self-drive escorted birding tour from Saskatoon visiting the 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 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)


  1. Clients must drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate with each other during the tour.
  2. Tour will be rescheduled if either the leader or any of the clients show any signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.).
  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.

Full Day 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.

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.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

RESERVATIONS: Send your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

Phone: 306-652-5975
Text: 306-281-2215

Payment may be made by etransfer payable to Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation and emailed to
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Last Mountain Lake Bird Sancturary
Last Mountain Lake Bird Observatory

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.

Cranes by Nick Saunders
Black-crowned Night Heron by Nick Saunders


Baird's Sparrow
by Nick Saunders