Birding Ontario

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario is also its most southerly. It is home to the country’s capital, Ottawa, and to Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and boasts 250,000 lakes. The province is bordered to the north by Hudson and James bays, and four of the Great Lakes lap its southern shores. Most of Ontario’s population resides in the south, where birding hotspots line up along lakes Erie and Ontario—perhaps an artifact of the province’s population distribution. Northern Ontario is populated primarily by wildlife in its dense boreal forest, the nursery of countless songbird species. The Great Lakes moderate the temperatures in southern Ontario, but the northern region of the province has a subarctic climate. The province’s official bird checklist includes an impressive 496 species.

  • Ontario Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Ontario Birding Hotspots

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Boreal chickadee. Photo by David Mitchell / Wikimedia.

Spotlight on Ontario

Planning a birding trip to Ontario? Check out the spotlight article from Bird Watcher's Digest. We have a listing of hotspots, target birds, and more, all available in PDF format!
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