A small selection of the many ducks at Presqu'ile

Presqu’ile’s Waterfowl Weekend

During March, spectacular events are taking place at Ontario Parks. One of them takes flight at Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s on March 25-26, 2017.

It’s the 41st anniversary of Waterfowl Weekend, hosted by park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.

Make plans to witness one of the best waterfowl migrations in the world!

Presqu’ile is one of the world’s best places to view this mass March migration. The prominent L-shaped peninsula on Lake Ontario protects Presqu’ile Bay, near the Town of Brighton, about two hours east of Toronto.

Tens of thousands of swans, geese and ducks stop in the sheltered areas of  Presqu’ile Bay to rest and feed before moving on to nesting grounds further north and west.

Ring-necked Ducks are just one of the many species of ducks to be seen at Presqu'ile in March. Photo: D. Bree.
Ring-necked ducks are just one of the many species of ducks to be seen at Presqu’ile in March. Photo: D. Bree.

The park is fantastic to photograph at any time of year. In late winter, water lapping at ice along the shoreline can create cool ice volcanoes. This is a unique and short-lived photographic opportunity you might just catch during your visit in March.

Another scenic vista offered to visitors is one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes, built in 1840. It’s especially magical at sunrise or sunset.

Presqu'ile lighthouse

There’s a beautiful boardwalk that snakes out into Presqu’ile Bay and park beaches with gorgeous lake views. Be sure to dress in layers and wear a good pair of waterproof boots.

Presqu'ile boardwalk

Bring your binoculars, if you have a pair. If not, staff and volunteers will have telescopes set up at all the best viewing points to help you identify close to 25 different species of waterfowl.

Volunteers helping visitors see ducks at Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend

The Nature Centre will feature children’s activities and crafts, duck displays, and a taxidermy display from “Feather and Down Taxidermy”, with Steve Dingman there to answer your questions. Scheduled activities and spotting scopes with volunteer birders to assist are available from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Noted bird carver, Gary McPherson, will also be present to showcase the art of bird carving. The Lighthouse Centre will feature Photography and Art displays, and the Friend’s Gift Shop will be open.

The Friends will also host a BBQ where lunch, hot drinks and snacks can be purchased starting at 11:00 am.

Take wing to Presqu’ile!

Learn more about the event and plan your trip.