May 28, 2022

The festival is located at the south end of the park.

Enjoy a day of guided bird walks, live birds, reptiles and amphibians, backyard habitat building, art workshops, children’s activities, and educational displays. Bird walks are hourly, starting at 10 a.m. If you are planning on coming to the festival with your four-legged friend, remember to keep your dog on a leash. This festival is part of the annual Toronto Bird Celebration that has activities running throughout May.

2022 events
Date Events Time(s) Description
May 20

Online Webinar: Spring Birds in the Urban Jungle


12 p.m. to 1 p.m. In May approximately 50 million birds will travel through Toronto to their summer breeding grounds. Join biologist Emily Rondel to learn about Toronto’s diverse population of birds, tips on identifying them, and their unique breeding behaviours during spring migration.
May 28

Tree Swallow Talk

No registration required.

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Join Terry Smith from Friends of Sam Smith Park for a guided visit to the “Swallow Field” to learn about the large population of Tree Swallows nesting there. Colonel Samuel Smith Park is a premier birding location in Toronto and the Tree Swallows are a spectacular, dynamic aerialist that breeds in the park after their spring migration from winter grounds in the south. Learn more about these beautiful insectivores with a community expert while they fly all around you!
May 28

Kids Nature Walk: Wildlife Detectives

No registration required.

11 a.m. to noon Join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and become Wildlife Detectives as we explore the trails at Colonel Sam Smith Park! We’ll carefully scout the trail, searching for animal clues and learning about the different types of evidence our local wildlife can leave behind. What can these clues tell us about these animals? We’ll also learn about what we can do to protect wildlife habitats at home, at school, and in our communities!
May 28

Bird Tours

No registration required.

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • noon p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join experienced birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to train your ears and eyes to spot and identify birds! Enjoy a walk around Colonel Samuel Smith Park and watch as they fly, dive and rest. You’ll learn how this unique urban habitat fosters such a rich diversity of bird species. All levels of experience welcome! Bring your own binoculars, or a phone with a good zoom to amplify the experience. Please note that quiet from attendees is encouraged and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cancellation Policy

An event will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70 per cent chance of thunderstorm or if hazardous weather arises.