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Presqu’lle Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend

May 22 - May 23


Held on the May Long Weekend, this special event celebrates the spring migration of the smaller birds, such as warblers, and the shorebirds like the Whimbrel, that annually stop down at Presqu’ile on their way north.  Presqu’ile’s position as a peninsula sticking out into the lake, and its varied habitats, makes it a migration hotspot.

Migrating birds concentrate in numbers throughout the park, resting and feeding before migrating north.  This gives birders a great opportunity to see and appreciate a wide range of bird species, many of them very colorful.

The Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend is aimed at those just starting out as birders or those who would just like to know a bit more about the birds in the Park.  Naturalist-led bird walks take place at 6:30 am, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

In addition, volunteer naturalists will be in the lighthouse area from 8:00 am to 10:00 am to point out what birds are around to visitors.  A migration-oriented slide show takes place in the campground at 8:30 pm on the Saturday night.

The piece-de-résistance is the bird-banding demonstration between 8:00 am and 12 noon, weather permitting.  Not only do you find out how and why, you get a chance to see some of our feathered jewels up much closer than you normally would.  

The Lighthouse Interpretive Centre is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, featuring The Friends’ Gift Shop selling hot drinks, as well as their range of educational materials and souvenirs. 

The Friends will hold their fundraising BBQ lunch on both days at the Lighthouse Centre, from 11 am until the burgers run out.

Check our website for updates regarding COVID-19 and the 2021 festival.


Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
Lighthouse Lane
Brighton, Ontario K0K 1H0 Canada
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Friends of Presqu’ile Park
613-475-4324 x225
david.bree@ontario.ca (David Bree)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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