A celebration that’s for the birds takes place each May at Colonel Sam Smith Park. With 292 documented species observed, the park ranks as the second most important birding area in Toronto. A star attraction of the festival is the passage of up to one quarter of North America’s population of Whimbrels as they make their way to their northern nesting grounds.
The Bird Festival is held during peak migration time with the aim of promoting an interest in birds as well as the protection of their natural nesting and safe resting habitats. It is a family friendly event and offers hourly guided bird walks, live bird and reptile demonstrations, photo displays, nature talks, children’s activities and workshops that feature the building of bird feeders. Admission is free.