Birding & Wildlife Viewing in Manitoba

Known as a birding mecca, Manitoba is nestled within three migration corridors where over 390 species of birds have been recorded and 287 known to nest. Manitoba's diversity of habitats — grasslands, wetlands, boreal forest and sub-arctic habitats, provide an exciting opportunity to see an amazing diversity of birds and other wildlife. The best part is that it’s accessible. For birders and wildlife seekers alike, there are boardwalks, viewing mounds, signage, and other types of infrastructure that help ensure a successful experience. 


With some luck find it all within reach – Spruce Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Ferruginous Hawk, Yellow Rail, American Three-toed Woodpecker, and Le Conte’s Sparrow, to name a few. And, of course, don’t forget Manitoba’s provincial bird – the majestic Great Gray Owl.

Download the Pine to Prairie Trail map (pdf) for great birding locations!

Wildlife Viewing

Manitoba’s rich diversity of habitat means you’re just as likely to spot a variety of other interesting wildlife – from black bears to polar bears, beavers to beluga whales, and wolves to deer, moose and elk. Manitoba's extensive hiking trails will give you some of the best opportunities for spotting our abundant wildlife.