CANADA BIRDING TOURS – 28 great tours for birdwatchers


Canada Birding Tours

Make Saskatoon your first destination for a birdwatching tour to Canada.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is located where two major North American bird flyways meet. During the breeding season in June and July, a Canada Birding Tour to Saskatoon could find about 150 bird species within our nearby grassland, wetland and woodland habitats.  This bird list is augmented during the migration months of May,  August and September when boreal and arctic nesting warblers, flycatchers, vireos and shorebirds become plentiful.

Because Saskatoon is located in the heartland of Canada, Canada birding tours here can see both eastern and western North American bird species on a single birding tour. Many of Canada's rarest birds are best seen in Saskatchewan, Canada. For example, we are the only province in Canada where both Eastern Whip-poor-will and Common Poorwill are regularly found. Saskatchewan's bird checklist includes over 380 species of birds of which over 300 species occur annually.
You may download a checklist of Saskatchewan birds HERE.

Wonder where to go birding near Saskatoon, Canada?

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours offers private and group guided birding tours out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Check out our great selection of Canada Birding Tours.

Some of our special Canada birdwatching tours include viewing dancing grouse (spring), prairie birds (summer), Whooping Cranes (fall), Snowy Owls (winter).
For more information about our regular birding tours and workshops, CLICK HERE.
Custom tours and bird ID workshops are also available.

Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours is owned by our local Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity and all proceeds support their work in caring for injured and orphaned wild birds with a goal of returning them to the wild.

Because our birding tour leader has been an active birdwatcher for over 5 decades, you can be assured he will find you the best birds during our Canada Birding Tours.

Our birding tour gift certificates make excellent christmas gifts, birthday gifts or anniversary birding gifts for birders interested in birds and nature.


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.


You may use the following form to request tour suggestions during your proposed travel dates to Saskatoon, Canada. Alternatively, you may email to request this information.

You may also list a landline or type NONE.


Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Let us show you the best birds during our Canada Birding Tours.

List of Special Bird Species

  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross's Goose
  • Cackling Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Gadwall
  • Redhead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Gray Partridge
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse - dancing in spring
  • Eared Grebe
  • Western Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Bald Eagle
  • Swainson's Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Yellow Rail
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Whooping Crane
  • Piping Plover
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Wilson's Phalarope
  • California Gull
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Forster's Tern
  • Snowy Owl - winter
  • Northern Hawk Owl - winter
  • Great Gray Owl - winter
  • Common Poorwill
  • Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Say's Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Rock Wren
  • Pacific Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Sprague's Pipit
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Brewer's Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • Nelson's Sparrow
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Common Redpoll - winter
  • Hoary Redpoll - winter

Please ask about other bird species of interest to you.


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, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division. He 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”. He is currently 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 our birding tours so that all proceeds benefit the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Stan Shadick - Tour Leader