Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

Johnson's Mills Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre, New Brunswick

Most places under NCC's care are open to the public. Please consult our website for site-specific updates.

Every summer (July–August), thousands of shorebirds pass through the Bay of Fundy, from their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic to reach winter grounds in South America. Feast your eyes on this spectacle at the pebble beaches and mudflats of Johnson’s Mills as our feathery visitors feast on mud-dwelling invertebrates like mudshrimp. The shorebird reserve provides healthy habitat for lots of other creatures even after all the birds have migrated south to South America for the winter. This internationally recognized shorebird reserve is a paradise for birders and wildlife watchers alike.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved 215 hectares (532 acres) in the area. Johnson’s Mills is an important stopover site for migrating shorebirds that can number up to a quarter of a million individuals each year.

NCC’s Johnson’s Mills Interpretive Centre is open for the season. For updates on our hours and best times to view the shorebirds please see click here.

Trail length: There are no designated trails but visitors are welcome to explore and hike anytime of the year. From mid-July through September, visitors are asked to please stay off the beach during the high tide period, which is two hours before to two hours after high tide. Camping and fires are not permitted at any time of the year.

Amenities on-site

  • Interpretive centre with ramp access
  • Observation deck
  • Compost toilet

Points of interest

Village of Dorchester, located eight kilometres away from the interpretive centre. For more information visit www.dorchester.ca.

Species to look out for


  • semipalmated sandpiper
  • least sandpiper
  • semipalmated plover
  • black-bellied plover
  • sanderling
  • white-rumped sandpiper
  • ruddy turnstone
  • red knot

Common sightings include:

Present but not commonly seen:


From Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: Trans-Canada Highway – Bridge St., Sackville, NB

  • Exit #506 Route 106 W for 16 km to Dorchester Route 935, 8 km to Centre.

From New Brunswick: Trans-Canada Highway – East Memramcook, NB.

  • Exit #488 follow Route 106 E for 15 km to Dorchester Route 935, 8 km to Centre.

Visitor information

The interpretative centre is open daily from July to August and interpreters are on hand to answer questions. It is closed after World Shorebirds Day on September 6. Visitors can call the centre at 506-379-6347 to enquire about high tide times and bird migration numbers.

When visiting the property, please:

  • Respect the wildlife and other visitors.
  • Use viewing platforms. Walk softly and avoid waving and shouting.
  • Refrain from bringing pets on site.
  • Refrain from lighting fires or smoking.
  • Remove your own garbage.
  • Respect that the property does not permit the removal of any plants or animals.

Read more about the Johnson’s Mills here >

All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.

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