The Holiday Beach Migration Observatory is located within Holiday Beach Conservation Area, along the Lake Erie shoreline in Amherstburg, Ontario at 6952 County Road 50. The HBMO headquarters building is located at the southeastern corner of the day-use area.
Entering Canada from Detroit at the Ambassador Bridge
After Canada Customs, stay left 50 yards, passing over the railroad tracks. You are now on Huron Church Road leading to Highway 401 and Highway 3. Follow Huron Church to Howard Avenue. Take Howard Avenue south (right) to Highway 20 (18) (‘T’ intersection) and turn right (west) traveling to Malden Centre, a part of Amherstburg. A combination restaurant/convenience/gas store is on the left. Turn left (south) on to Route 50 for 1.3 miles; the entrance to HBCA is on the right. Pay entry fee and continue to the Hawk Tower at the south end of the park. Park vehicle and walk to the tower.
Entering Canada from Detroit at the River Tunnel
After Canada Customs turn left on Park St east, turn left on Ouellette Ave. continue east becoming Dougall Ave. Continue east to Howard Avenue and turn right onto Howard. Take Howard Avenue south to Highway 20 (18) (‘T’ intersection) and turn right (west) traveling to Malden Centre in the town of Amherstburg. A combination restaurant‑convenience store gas store is on the left. Turn left (south) on to Route 50 for 1.3 miles; the entrance to HBCA is on the right.
West bound on Highway 401 and Highway 3
Howard Avenue, Route 9, intersects Routes 401 and 3 east of Windsor. Take Howard Avenue south to Highway 20 (18) (‘T’ intersection) and turn right (west) traveling to Malden Centre in the town of Amherstburg. A combination restaurant-convenience store gasbar is on the left. Turn left (south) on to Route 50 for 1.3 miles; the entrance to HBCA is on the right.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Holiday Beach Conservation Area is a globally recognized significant Important Bird Area and provides for spectacular bird watching opportunities, especially during spring and fall migrations. The conservation area offers many other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.
Holiday Beach Conservation Area Facilities:
- Viewing tower
- Seasonal camping (May through mid-October)
- Washrooms/Showers (fully accessible)
- Laundry facilities
Park Usage and Fees
Revenue for the Holiday Beach Conservation Area comes from specific sources: camping and RV fees, vehicle entry fees, hunting fees, and partnership grants. Your daily vehicle entry fee of $10 is most appreciated and necessary if the park is to continue operating at an optimal level. To ensure a sustained income, you might consider purchasing an annual park entry pass for $70. To learn more, click here. Thank you for your consideration. Enjoy the park, the birds, and the habitat.
What to bring?
The weather at Holiday Beach is variable. Winter conditions normally end in late March/early April, bringing wet spring weather and some mosquitoes. With the spring comes the migrant songbirds on their way north. The summer months can be quite warm so bring a swimsuit to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach while taking a break from viewing nesting species of birds in the park. The autumn months bring favourable weather and winds for southbound migrating hawks and songbirds. The temperatures begin to cool off so jackets and sweaters are recommended.
Some key items to bring:
- Identification guides (birds, dragonflies, butterflies, wildflowers)
- Folding chair
- Water, lunch & snacks
- Clothing for hot, cool, cold and wet weather. It’s better to be safe and comfortable!
Be sure to check the HBMO website for the weather forecast and for the previous day’s birding activity.