Chaplin Nature Centre

Chaplin Nature Centre: Address, Phone Number, Chaplin Nature Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Chaplin Nature Centre
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Betty M
Oro Valley, AZ427 contributions
On the Trans Canadian Hwy. route Informative and they have clean REST ROOMS
Aug 2019
Gladly got out of the car to stretch our legs and learn about the birds and the Sodium Sulfate mining in area. This is a small, well organized place with information displays, gift shop items at reasonable prices, knowledgeable and friendly staff and restrooms. Outdoor area you could picnic at and a bird statue for a photo op. There are tours. Donations accepted.
Written August 29, 2019
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Bill S
Grayslake, IL549 contributions
Fun Stop
Jul 2019 • Couples
It's a long ride on the Trans Canada highway and this little Oasis of interest is a welcome stop. Staff was very friendly and informative as the explained the local sodium sulfate mining operation. They have interesting displays in the little museum which was free and a cute gift shop. Expect to spend less than a half hour.
Written August 3, 2019
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rknack2017
Edmonton, Canada299 contributions
GREAT STOP
Jun 2018 • Couples
We took a tour with (Sue) and the Nature Centre is excellent would suggest stopping here when on TransCanada HWY there is so much to see. Admission is free but DONATIONS accepted to keep it open.
Written June 16, 2018
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,526 contributions
Very helpful
Jun 2018 • Couples
The salt lakes near Chaplin are important spots for bird watching, and the Chaplin Nature Centre offers plenty of information and good advice. The staff person we spoke with was extremely friendly and helpful. The washrooms are an added bonus along a road not generously supplied with them.
Written June 5, 2018
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Leigh H
Saint Michael, MN161 contributions
Interesting Nature Center
Jul 2017 • Couples
Unexpected stop for a nature center. They feature bird migration and specialize in piping plovers. This is a major flyway for migrating birds and the center has interesting information on that and includes a diorama. Staff are friendly and helpful. Bathrooms are available. Salt deposits are mined across the highway.
Written July 16, 2017
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charliewtk6
Ann Arbor, MI25 contributions
Great employees
May 2017 • Couples
My wife and I took the two hour shorebird tour out on the dike roads of Chaplin Lake. Our goal was to see A piping plover. With the help of our wonderful guide Sue who made the extra effort to make sure we spotted one, we actually seen two along with hundreds of other shorebirds, our tour was A complete success. I really want to compliment our guide Sue, we really enjoyed talking with her and appreciate her extra effort in getting us very close to the endangered plover. Sue is one of those down to earth people you don't meet in life often enough. If your ever in Chaplin SK please be sure to go on the shorebird tour, I know we plan on coming back. Thanks again Sue, Charlie and Sue
Written June 6, 2017
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Bob M
Moose Jaw, Canada8 contributions
Bird Migration
Jul 2016 • Family
Interpretive centre. Very informative. Excellent staff. Very cordial. Bathroom facilities. Good stop over on Highway 1 between Moose Jaw and Swift Current.
Written October 19, 2016
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Lisa B
36 contributions
Fascinating and educational
Jun 2016 • Family
We stopped in for something to do along the way as we traveled the Trans Canadian highway and were pleasantly surprised. This is a well cared for and very informative nature center. Chaplin Lake contains salt and is an important location for migratory birds. The staff were passionate about the subject matter. Definitely worth a visit. We all learned a few things and our rock collecting son got a sample of the sodium sulphate. Be sure to take in the views from the observation area.
Written July 3, 2016
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Bill S
Whitehorse, Canada15 contributions
A friendly rest stop
Jun 2015 • Solo
this nature centre / rest stop is about 6 hours east of Calgary on the Trans-Canada highway (#1). I was travelling west, and the first thing I saw was the viewing tower. If you like vistas that allow you to see as far as your eye will let you see ... it is worth climbing the short flights of stairs, and I was glad I had grabbed my camera before getting out of the car.

Out of curiosity I walked into the Nature Centre. The staff inside were very friendly.
the information on the birds and animals in the area is confined to one room to the left of the reception desk. there was enough information for it to be interesting, but not so much that I felt I had to delay my trip if I wanted to see it. There was no charge to go in, and if you have younger children or "tweens" there was an interactive computerized table display that they would appreciate.

They offer tours, but I did not take one, so I cannot comment on these

I have passed Chaplin and what I call the "salt flats" many times over the years without stopping. I am glad I did this time, and I expect to stop in again on my next trip between Calgary and Brandon.
Written June 12, 2015
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BKP47
Whitefield, UK135 contributions
Top birding place but ring before you go!
Jun 2014 • Couples
Chaplin lake is one of the top birding sites in north america although as someone in Regina said - "they sure kept that quiet". We had passed it a couple of times on previous trips to our son in Regina. In 2012 they had just closed for the season on September 1st. We thought we would be fine this time as we went in June. We rang to book the Shorebird Shuttle as advertised on the website and were given a time. When we got there they had to admit that the website was 4 years out of date (now updated) and a recently arrived summer guide was very apologetic. The shuttle no longer exists. You can take a van drive around the lakes but due to heavy rain earlier in the week this was not possible. He did take us on a short trip along the side of one of the lakes. He was very knowledgeable and helped us spot some interesting birds and the very rare and endangered Piping Plover which made up for the disappointment. The Centre itself has some very interesting displays.
Written July 22, 2014
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