Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River 2024 Tour from Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw or Weyburn, Canada


Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River 2024 Tour

Private Tours

Private Tours: MAY – AUGUST

Public Group Tours

Next Group Tour: July 5 – 7, 2024

Escorted self-driving birdwatching tour to Estevan area.


  • SWIFT CURRENT (1 h 45 m to Moose Jaw)
  • YORKTON (2 h 45 m to Weyburn)

SASKATOON starting point: 8:00 AM
MOOSE JAW starting point: 10:30 AM
REGINA starting point: 11:00 AM
WEYBURN starting point: 12:30 PM
ESTEVAN starting point: 5:00 PM

Souris River Birding Tour Description

Join Stan Shadick for a guided bird watching tour to the Souris River region of SE Saskatchewan.  We will visit the favourite birding hotspots of Saskatchewan’s keenest birders.

This Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River is one of the tours in the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Series offered by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours during 2024.

Some of the special unique birds along the Souris River include Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Eastern Bluebird, Orchard Oriole and Lazuli Bunting. We also look for a rare Chimney Swifts, Red-headed Woodpecker or Black-headed Grosbeak.

See sidebar for a list of potential species of interest in Souris River region.

A checklist of Saskatchewan birds may be downloaded HERE.

Accommodation Options. Both camping and hotel accommodation options are available.

Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River 2024 Tour Itinerary

Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary.

Day 1

Tour starts in Estevan at 5:00 pm. (It might be possible to join tour in Regina or Saskatoon earlier.)

Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.

  • Nickle Lake
  • Rafferty Dam
  • Overnight at a motel in Estevan, SK
  • Explore Souris Valley watching for rare Chimney Swifts.


We plan to drive along the Souris River valley between Estevan and the US border watching for grassland and woodland birds. We plan to visit

  • Roche Percee
  • Souris River
  • Supper and overnigh
  • Overnight at a motel in Estevan


Today we will hike several easy trails

We will return home in the afternoon.


Participants on this tour need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are permitted on a private tour but not on the group tour. This tour may not be suitable for owners of full electric vehicles due to distances travelled. Several Saskatoon and Regina hotels have EV charging stations. There is a FLO station at a Canadian Tire in Estevan.


If you would like to share the costs of a tour with other interested birders or bird photographers, then complete the Carpooling Section of the Registration Request Form below or email the tour name, your name, phone number and email address to

Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River 2024 Tour Fee

July 5 – 7, 2024 Souris River Group Birding Tour Fee: CAD $1290 (about US$965, £825)  per vehicle 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 Estevan at 5 pm. Your vehicle will be one of up to 5 vehicles plus the leader on this group tour.

Private Souris River Public Group Tour Fee: CAD $2490 (about US$1860, £1590) per vehicle 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 am.

Tax Receipt. You will receipt a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.

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.

Best Birding Hotspots of Souris River 2024 Tour REGISTRATION FORM

The number of participants accepted on this group tour is limited.

Questions: please email or phone 306-652-5975 during evenings.

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


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Covid Safety Policy on Souris River Birding 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. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  4. 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 or drive client’s vehicle.

Some Potential Souris River Birds of Interest

  • Wood Duck
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • White-faced Ibis
  • American Avocet
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • California Gull
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Eastern Screech-owl (rare)
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

Dogs are permitted on private tours but cannot be let out of the vehicle when we are stopped to look at birds. Dogs are not permitted on group tours.

Gift Certificates Available Now

This Souris River Birding tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary 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.

How to get to Saskatoon

Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet and their U.S. partners United and Delta.

Air Canada Star Alliance partners also include Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, EVA, Lot, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAP, Thai, Turkish, United.

Westjet international partners include AeroMexico, Air France, Air Transat, Azores, Cathay Pacific, China, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Hainan, Hong Kong, Japan, KLM, Korean, LATAM, Philippine, Quantas, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen.

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.

Tour Guide

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

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