Come explore one of the must-see birding destinations in the Peace Region, the Kimiwan Bird Walk. This area in McLennan is indisputably one of the premier waterfowl sighting areas in North America.The Interpretive Centre is open May through October and will lend you a pair of binoculars to get a close-up view of wildlife.
The first portion of the self-guided Bird Walk is a hard-packed gravel walking trail of approximately 300 m which circles around a wetland and leads you to the wooden portion of the walkway. Walk slowly and quietly to have the best chance to observe some really interesting bird behaviour. Be sure to check out each “Watchable Wildlife Fact” sign which highlights a specific bird that is common to the site.
The wooden portion of the walkway takes you approximately 400 m out towards the main lake and over shallow water. Each step you take can result in a different sighting or bird behaviour. Walk past a second small wetland and then proceed out into the lake. There are three decks along the wooden walkway stretch, each with a picnic table and a garbage can. At the last deck and furthest into the lake, there is a viewing scope for your pleasure. Experience the excitement of spotting a variety of waterfowl species coming in for a smooth landing on the water or a red winged blackbird perched on a cattail. Listen for the sweet song of a thrush or witness the hunting prowess of a bald eagle! Nothing compares to the wild and wide-open spaces of the north.
Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to complete the bird walk. Kimiwan Lake hosts 1000s of migratory birds per day during the migratory seasons and hundreds of other bird species can be seen throughout the summer season. Exploration is worthwhile all year long as other wild life is often spotted during the winter months as well.