Ptarmigan Tour – Exciting 2023 quest for this pure white grouse

Ptarmigan Tour

Group Ptarmigan Tour

PRIVATE PTARMIGAN TOURS: Available year-round

NEXT PUBLIC GROUP PTARMIGAN TOUR: February 23 - 24, 2023

Escorted self-driving tour

Estimated Return Driving Distance from Saskatoon: 1200 km

IDEAL BIRDING TOUR FOR RESIDENTS OR VISITORS TO

  • SASKATOON
  • PRINCE ALBERT 
  • REGINA (3 h 50 m to Prince Albert)
  • MOOSE JAW (3 h 40 m to Prince Albert)
  • NORTH BATTLEFORD (2 h 15 m to Prince Albert)

SASKATOON starting point: 8:30 AM
PRINCE ALBERT starting point: 10:30 AM

Where to see Willow Ptarmigan in Saskatchewan?

Ptarmigan Tour Description

Join a private tour or a public group tour with a small group of birders on a special 2-day / 1-night Ptarmigan Tour on a quest to find Willow Ptarmigan.

We will drive for several hours along the Hanson Lake Road to visit the best winter birding hotspots in this forested part of NE Saskatchewan near Creighton. Your leader will be Stan Shadick with Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours. All proceeds support Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

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.

See sidebar for a list of potential bird species on this ptarmigan tour. A checklist of Saskatchewan birds may be downloaded HERE.

This ptarmigan tour will be cancelled or postponed if ptarmigan have not been reported in the region during the month before the tour date.

Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Vehicles must have snow tires and good clearance. This tour is not suitable for full electric vehicles due to the large distances travelled away from charging stations. Masks will be worn at birding stops, if requested by leader.

Carpooling

If you would like to share the costs of a group ptarmigan tour with other interested birders, then complete the Carpooling Section of the Registration Request Form below or email the tour name, your name, phone number and email address to birdtours@sasktel.net

Accommodation Options. Motel accommodation options is available.
We tentatively plan to stay at Prospector Inn in Creighton.

Tentative Ptarmigan Tour Itinerary

Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary. If extreme cold temperatures (high temperatures below -25C) or winter storm conditions are forecast, it will be postponed or cancelled.

Day 1

Tour departs Saskatoon at 8:30 am.
Participants may choose to join the ptarmigan tour at Prince Albert at 10:30 am.

Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.

  • Narrow Hills Park
  • Sturgeon-weir River crossing
  • Overnight at a motel in Creighton
  • Late afternoon outing to search for ptarmigan.

Day 2

We plan to bird the Creighton District in the morning and then drive back home in the afternoon.

Ptarmigan Tour Fee

February 23 - 24, 2023 Ptarmigan 2-day Group Birding Tour Fee: CAD $1190 (about US $890, £760) for a party of 1 - 4 persons travelling in a single vehicle.
Fee includes guiding services. Meals and accommodation and transportation are NOT included.
Trip begins in Saskatoon at 8:30 am on February 23 and returns about 7 pm on February 24. Your vehicle will be part of a small convoy of vehicles on this tour.
SAVE $200 if you have room to transport leader in your vehicle during tour from Saskatoon and back.

Please book your tour as soon as possible. Accommodation options are very limited in the remote areas visited on this tour.

Private Ptarmigan Birding 2-Day Tour Fee: CAD $2190 (about US $1640, £1400) for a party of 1 - 4 persons travelling in a single vehicle .
Fee includes guiding services. Meals and accommodation and transportation are NOT included.
Trip begins in Saskatoon at 9 am on the date of your choice and returns on 2nd day about 7 pm.
SAVE $200 if you have room to transport leader in your vehicle 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 60 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 60 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

Registration Form: Ptarmigan Tour

Complete the form below or email: birdtours@sasktel.net and provide names of clients, their addresses and requested type of tour and tour date.
Full payment due at time of booking.

The number of participants accepted on this group tour is limited. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received.

Questions: please email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975 during evenings.

Use landline if you don't have a cell phone.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Select all that apply. Payment instructions will be emailed to you after form is submitted.
Check best response.
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.

Tour Guide: Ptarmigan Tour

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

 

Great Gray Owl might be seen during Ptarmigan tour.
Great Gray Owl
by Brian Henderson

Some Possible Birds to be seen during Ptarmigan Tour

  • Willow Ptarmigan
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Canada Jay
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Common Redpoll
  • Hoary Redpoll

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

Dogs are permitted on private tours provided they are kept on a leash. Dogs are not permitted on group tours.

Gift Certificates

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this Ptarmigan Tour or any of our other birding 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.

Bus: Saskatoon - Edmonton and Saskatoon - Regina bus service

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.

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 normally 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 client's vehicle.

Other Tours

This Ptarmigan Birding Tour may be taken in conjunction with any of the following summer birding tours.

Snowy Owl Tour

Northern Owl Tour

Multiple Tours Discount

Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.