Birding at Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham

Being the first visit to this conservation area, the moment I stepped out of the car, I knew this would not be the last! Just by where my car was parked at the end of Princess Street, many birds were singing to each other amongst the trees off the road.

We explored mainly the eastern side (to the left on the map). Looking forward to returning and exploring the rest of Milne Dam Conservation.

It is a great recreational area featuring opportunities for birding, wildlife viewing, and enjoying the outdoors. A concrete path weaves along the conservation, allowing for a smooth walk through the park.

Clearing off the road that meets Rouge Creek.

Milne Dam Conservation Park is known for great birding opportunities. I was thrilled to spot a Great Blue Heron in the middle of the Rouge River, staying perfectly still, and occasionally darting its head below the water to grab at fish.

What was unique about my visit to this park was the fact that so many people were bird watching. People were very friendly. When they saw me with my camera, they had immediately asked me what birds I had seen and shared with me their finds.

The first thing you will notice when walking into the conservation park from Princess Street is a bridge overlooking the Milne Dam, separating the running water of Rouge River. Milne Dam is notably one the first steel arch dam in Canada, built in 1911. The current dam that stands today was restored by Toronto Region Conservation Authority in the 1970s .

A few geese hanging out in the cool water.

Admission is free on the weekdays, but there are entrance fees for weekends and public holidays.

We loved our visit, and definitely plan on returning soon!

Have you visited Milne Dam Conservation Park? Tell us about your visit below 🙂

Snowshoeing at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Arrowhead Provincial Park is owned and managed by Ontario Parks and is located just north of Huntsville, Ontario. Arrowhead is a beautiful and diverse park that offers a range of recreational activities for visitors both in the warmer and colder season, with activity equipment rentals available year-round.  Arrowhead is a popular winter destination, with several…

Claireville Conservation Area

The busy holiday season is done and over, and finally we have had the opportunity to slide back into our regular routine, and spend some time hiking and exploring. We had visited Claireville Conservation Area in October to see the leaves change colour, and being so close of a drive, visited again in January of…

Spruce Bog Boardwalk at Algonquin Provincial Park

Spruce Bog Boardwalk is a quick and easy hike along the Highway 60 corridor in Algonquin Provincial Park. The trail is 1.5 km and made up mostly of boardwalk, and is a leaisurley path with even terrain. We visited the trail on a Saturday in Late October in the early afternoon, and the parking lot…

Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park

The Lookout Point Trail at Algonquin Provincial Park is a 2.1 km loop that presents breathtaking views of hundreds of square kilometers of landscape. With an elevation gain of about 70 meters across the hike, it’s a short but challenging walk. We visited around noon on a Saturday in late October. By this time it…

Eagles Nest Lookout in Bancroft

On a Saturday morning in mid-October, we arrived at Eagle’s Nest Park. Located within Bancroft, the area is a perfect spot for scenic views (especially If you are driving through on the way to Algonquin). There are four trails at just over 3 km total to explore.  The gates of Eagles Nest Park road were…

Scenery at Meadowvale Conservation Area 

Meadowvale Conservation Area is a lovely park with expansive fields, plenty of amenities, and scenic views of the Credit River. The park is within Mississauga, and is nestled within the suburbs of Meadowvale. There is a large parking lot at the end of Second Line West, with plenty of space available when we visited on a…


  1. Great shots of the Great Blue Heron. Looks like you found a great spot for birdwatching. We went to Lynde Shores Conservation Area back in the fall and had a similar experience with other birdwatchers. They all seemed eager to share which birds they’ve spotted and even gave us bird seed to help attract the chickadees.


    1. Thank you kindly! Definitely will be returning, possibly with a canoe 🙂

      That’s amazing, Lynde Shores is absolutely beautiful. I have visited twice thus far and lots of birdwatchers gather there. If you stand there with birdseed in your hand long enough I guarantee you will be able to have a nuthatch or a woodpecker land on your hand!

      Thanks for your comment.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: