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Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary


The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary was established in 1961 on lands acquired by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission after the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The sanctuary covers 9,000 hectares of a variety of wildlife habitats, including: a mature upland forest, early successional woods, old fields, wetlands and open water. With more than 8 kilometers of self-guided nature trails winding through these habitats, the seasoned birder and amateur naturalist, alike, have excellent opportunities to view up to 200 waterfowl, raptor, passerine and other bird species.

Things to Do

Calling all nature buffs! Catch glimpses of wildlife, take a leisurely walk through the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary’s nature trails, or, partake in one of the special events and environmental programs offered year round. A visit to the Interpretive Centre, bird watching, and wildlife study are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Imagine thousands of Canada Geese anxiously awaiting their feed. That is the magnificent sight you will see during fall at the sanctuary. If cross country skiing is your passion, what a great way to get some exercise and see wildlife on the groomed ski trails.

Camping is also available at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. It is one of a variety of camping experiences offered by the Parks of the St. Lawrence.

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is designated a cycle friendly site to visit!


Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located off Morrison Road 2, and is approximately 11 kilometers or 7 miles from Morrisburg, ON. You are able to take Exit 758 (Upper Canada Road) or Exit 770 (Ingleside) if you are travelling on the 401.