Presqu'ile's Waterfowl Weekend has been an annual tradition since 1977. But the waterfowl that are the stars of the event have been coming through Presqu'ile for much longer than that.
Presqu'ile Bay is a major stopping area for waterfowl as they make their way north in the spring. Spring for waterfowl starts as soon as the ice starts leaving the bay. The ducks congregate along the retreating ice edge, diving under the ice to find areas of newly exposed food. Numbers can reach 20,000 birds on some days and twenty different species seen on one day is not an unusual occurrence.
This congregation of waterfowl is a world-class wildlife spectacle and Waterfowl Weekend is about introducing people to this spectacle.
Waterfowl Weekend takes place in March every year. There will be volunteers situated at key areas to help visitors find and identify up to 25 species of ducks, geese and swans that annually use the Presqu’ile Bay to rest and feed. A fundraising BBQ takes place each day with burgers, hot dogs and drinks for sale.
Contact Presqu'ile's Chief Park Naturalist at 613 475 4324, ext-225 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.
Presqu'ile Provincial Park in cooperation with the Friends of Presqu'ile Park offer seasonal educational programming, as well as special events, to the public. Unless stated, all programs are free with park admission. Daily Vehicle Permits are required for park entry at all times of the year. The calendar on this page indicates the timing of any special events or opening hours of visitor centres. Click on the event name in the calendar for more details.
The schedule for Discovery (education) programs and special events are posted below. For more information, please contact Presqu'ile's Chief Park Naturalist at 613-475-4324 ext. 225.
Discovery programs will resume in the spring of 2023
Thank you for supporting our 2022 fundraising barbecues. Watch this space for 2023 dates.
March 18 & 19, 10:00am to 4:00pm
World-class waterfowl viewing during the spring migration. Volunteer naturalists will help you view and identify over 25 different species of ducks, geese, and swans.
View the elusive Whimbrels and many colourful Warblers as they migrate to their northern nesting grounds.
Programs will be posted throughout the Park, every week.
Relive Presqu’ile’s storied past and take part in events. Participate in old-fashioned field games, children’s boat-building bee and regatta, ghost walks, a history play, and more.
Bird-banding, Monarch tagging and guided nature walks celebrate this weekend of fall migration.