In 1925, six federal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries were established along the Lower North Shore to protect its nationally-significant seabird colonies. Centuries of unregulated seabird and egg harvesting led to the dramatic decline of many of these bird populations. The Canadian Wildlife Service monitors bird populations in the sanctuaries every five years.
Many of these sanctuaries are located close to shore where they can be viewed with binoculars or the naked eye. Please keep in mind that these birds are highly sensitive to human disturbance. Regulations state that no person shall upset, destroy or take nests of migratory birds, nor carry out any activity that may be harmful to the birds, their eggs or their habitat. Whether you are watching from afar or are getting a closer view by boat, please be respectful of these conditions.
For more information about specific bird sanctuaries, please refer to the attractions available in each village.