Northern Owl Adventure Tour Series: 3 exciting days with Canada’s northern owls

Northern Owl Adventures


Winter 2022-2023
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birders - Join the Northern Owl Adventure Series of day trips organized by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours during the upcoming 2023 Family Day - winter break weekend.

This set of budget group tours will focus on observing Canada's most sought-after owls: Snowy Owl and Great Gray Owl.  In winter, both species may be viewed and photographed during daylight hours in Saskatchewan.

Bring up to 4 people in your vehicle, the cost is the same so you may split the fees with your birding friends.

We will also search for Spruce Grouse, Hoary and Common Redpolls, Bohemian Waxwings plus many other winter bird residents found in Saskatchewan's prairies and boreal forests.

Northern Owl Adventure Series - Snowy Owl Tour
Snowy Owl by Nick Saunders

Snowy Owl researchers tell us that the highest wintering concentration in the world of these beautiful white birds occurs on the open prairies near Saskatoon.

Join our special Snowy Owl budget tour. This 8-hour escorted driving group tour will explore the back roads where Snowys regularly hang out on winter days. We might also spot Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Short-eared Owl, Golden Eagle plus redpolls, and other prairie bird winter residents.

Northern Owl Adventure Series - Forest Winter Birding Tour
Great Gray Owl by Brian Henderson

When the snow lies deep in the forest, the majestic Great Gray Owl is often attracted to certain road-side hotspots where they can hunt more easily for mice in the daytime.

You may join either a 1-day or 2-day Budget Forest Winter Birding Tour departing Saskatoon to view and photograph these magnificent birds. We will also look for Barred Owls, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers plus Common and Hoary Redpolls and other winter bird residents of the boreal forest.


Click the name of each tour for more information and registration forms for each of the possible budget group tours you can join. Private tour information on other dates is also available on those webpages.

Questions: Email or phone 306-652-5975.


Can't decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.



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.


CLICK HERE for government regulations for entering Canada.
My recent fully vaccinated international clients tell me there are no significant delays at the border provided they have fully completed the ArriveCan app in advance.

Where to stay in Saskatoon?

Contact Tourism Saskatoon to help plan your visit.

Other Birding Tour Options

Click Here for information about other tours with Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.


Some of the birds that we might encounter include:

  • Common Goldeneye
  • Gray Partridge
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Merlin
  • Gyrfalcon (rare)
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl (rare)
  • Barred Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • American 3-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Northern Shrike
  • Canada Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Snow Bunting
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
  • Hoary Redpoll
  • Evening Grosbeak