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 🙂

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  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.

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