Address: View on map Town Of Leader Location: Trail information available at Leader CNR Caboose Information Centre, Hwy 21, Leader.
Part of the Saskatchewan Birding Trail, the Leader loop provides birdwatchers and photographers with clear directions and opportunities to view over 210 species. The South Saskatchewan River near Leader provides habitat for several rare species of birds that frequent the river valley. The riparian woodlands containing cottonwood stands, are the largest of their kind in Saskatchewan, and are home to the Pileated Woodpecker, Golden Eagle and Great Blue Heron. Park in the turnoff opposite the Estuary ferry operator's trailer, to explore this young cottonwood forest. The extensive grasslands in the valley attract various rare species such as the Ferruginous Hawk, Long-billed Curlew and Loggerhead Shrike, as well as the endangered Burrowing Owl.While in Leader, check out the larger-than-life bird and animals sculptures throughout the town, stop for a picnic lunch and stroll the pathways of the Millenium Gardens on Main Street, and visit the area's historic sites and scenic viewpoints. A brochure with map identifying the birding trail sites and points of interest in the Leader area is available at the CNR Caboose Information Centre, along Hwy 21 in Leader (open May to Sep).
Open Year Round
Great Sandhills, South Saskatchewan River, Leader Wildlife Sculptures. Town amenities: accommodations, camping, restaurants, shops, auto fuel.
- Difficulty : Beginner to intermediate
- Surface : Natural terrain, gravel, roadways
- Environment : Mixed Grassland Ecoregions - riparian woodlands including cottonwood stands, grassland; South Saskatchewan River view
Additional Trail Information
- No admission charge
- Parking at trailhead
- Picnic area
- Trail markers
- Interpretive signs at trailhead
- Interpretive signs enroute
- Self-guided nature trail
- Accommodation near trailhead
- Camping near trailhead