Bird Watching

A fascinating pastime, bird watching is becoming increasingly popular and the exciting opportunities in Timmins draw many locals to share in the pursuit of getting that perfect picture of our feathered friends.

Our region is home to a diverse variety of birds all through the year, and is also an important part of 1297355574687_ORIGINALthe Spring and Fall migratory routes. You can often see several migratory birds from the bufflehead, Tundra Swans and Great Blue Herons swimming around Gillies Lake and Hersey Lake early in the Spring.
Our Conservation Areas provide important resting areas as these birds make their long journeys, and also offer year round habitat for non-migratory birds. Both the Hersey Lake and Gillies Lake Conservation Areas are equipped with convenient parking areas, pleasant trails and good viewing areas.


  • Bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, water, binoculars and camera.
  • You may also want to take a bird identification reference book, a notebook and a pen.
  • To see the most diverse array of birds, generally arrive earlier in the morning.

You can purchase a Birds of Timmins Poster which also has a checklist at the MRCA office located at Gillies Lake for $2.00.

For more information regarding bird watching events around the City of Timmins, visit