Saskatchewan Whooping Cranes

  1. 2017
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017
    Tour Duration: 
    5 days
    Tour Price:
     $1,595 CAD, $1,355 USD
    Single Supplement:
     $365 CAD, $310 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Saskatoon, SK
    + 5% GST for Canadians, + 2.5% GST for non-Canadians
    Number of Persons Limit: 

• Spectacular migration of tens of thousands of geese and cranes 
• Fine selection of Prairie birds and mammals
• Visit a variety of habitats from marshlands, wetlands to mixed-grass prairie



In mid-October, Sandhill Cranes migrate by the thousands south across southern Saskatchewan, stopping at various localities to refuel before continuing their journey. With them are a handful of Whooping Cranes, coming south from breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories.

We have a good chance of finding Whooping Cranes on our birding tour as there is a fine network of field observers scouting the area for these legendary birds. Along with cranes, tens of thousands of Snow Geese and Canada Geese, with lesser numbers of Ross’s and Greater White-fronted Geese, are pouring through, as well as other waterfowl including all three species of scoters, raptors and passerines, especially large flocks of Lapland Longspurs with Snow Buntings and possibly Smith’s Longspurs, and Northern Shrikes.

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Saskatchewan

Day 2-4: Whooping Crane search

Day 5: Departure 

Featured Wildlife

"The guides were marvellous and the other participants knowledgable and very helpful. Seeing the number of individual species was wonderful. The Whooping Cranes were thrilling to actually see.  Thank you!" - 2015 participant

“Save for our late arrival due to a snow storm, the tour went off without a problem. We saw all of our target birds, the leaders were very knowledgeable and friendly and our traveling companions were very nice.” - 2016 Saskatchewan Whooping Crane Participant

“The weather (snowy) was a bit of a challenge, but we saw a lot of birds very close up either beside or on the road. This was my first commercial bird tour and I found it very relaxing.” - 2016 participant

“Despite the snowy weather we saw many birds. Our two leaders Rudolf and Ken were just great at spotting birds and driving us around on muddy roads. I was happy to see five life birds. Thanks for the great trip.”  - 2016 participant

"Seeing the Whooping Cranes, the Snow Geese, the moose and the eagles was wonderful.  The guides were very knowledgable and mixed us socially and treated us with respect." - 2015 participant

“It was an excellent trip! Great leaders, nice people to travel with, nice country, good weather.” - 2015 participant