About Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
In 1929, Selby Walker was granted the permission to designate 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River as Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary and thus the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary was established. The Visitors Centre was built in 1996. The Colonel Walker House was also restored and is currently both a private residence and office space for Sanctuary volunteers.
Now, this 36-hectare wildlife reserve is visited by more than 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals (including deer), 2 amphibians, 2 reptiles, 7 species of fish and 27 species of butterflies.
2013 Calgary floods caused extensive damage to the trails, boardwalks and viewing platforms. Flood recovery of the nature trails is currently underway.
What to do at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary?
Things to do at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Calgary
Have a pleasant stroll along the almost two kilometres of trails through open grasslands and forests , enjoying the chirping of birds.
There are deers, rabbits and other animals for the little ones to see. The kind of birds one see varies from season to season. Its a resting place for migratory birds. You can see warblers, Mallards, and different kinds of songbirds.
The Nature Centre with an exhibit hall is a good educational resource for families and wildlife lovers, and records recent sightings in the area.
Who all can go and enjoy ? – Everybody. One can hold private functions like birthday parties and meetings here. The sanctuary also holds summer camps.
How to get to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary ?
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Location & directions
The sanctuary is a 5 km drive from east of downtown on the Bow River.
The Bird Sanctuary is located at the east end of 9th Avenue S.E. From the Deerfoot Trail, take the Blackfoot Trail westbound exit to 19 St. SE, then turn left from this onto 9 Ave.
The Bow River Pathway provides bike access to the sanctuary.
Public transport accessible.
In DD : 51.02764,-114.007635
In DMS : 51° 1′ 39.5034″,-114° 0′ 27.468″
How long will it take to visit Inglewood Bird Sanctuary?
Time Required to Visit Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – One to two hours.
How much to visit the Bird Sanctuary?
When to visit InglewoodBird Sanctuary?
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Hours/timing
Register for guided tours – End June – Early September – See here
(When open Sanctuary – Trails are open year-round, daily from sun-up to sundown, and are accessible through the gate on the south side of the Nature Centre.)
September – April:
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Saturday, noon – 4 p.m.,
Sunday, Monday & statutory holidays, CLOSED
May – August:
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed statutory holidays
What about Parking, amenities and access at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary?
The trail is wheel chair accessible.
Parking – Free available on site.
Venues including Colonel Walker House can be booked for private events.