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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre

The Nature Centre will be closed for unexpected building maintenance from June 25 - July 2. The building will reopen for regular business hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) on July 3. Except for guided tours the Sanctuary’s trails are currently closed.

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary was greatly impacted by the June 2013 flood. A large amount of man-made debris was left behind and many of the sanctuary’s trails were severely damaged. To ensure public safety and the preservation of bird and fish habitat, the sanctuary’s trails are currently CLOSED and are not expected to reopen until mid-2016.

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The City of Calgary Parks is taking a mindful approach to the clean up and repair of this federally designated bird sanctuary. Considerations during this process include:

  • Birds must not be nesting or migrating for work to proceed.
  • A delicate balance between wet and dry ground must be achieved so that equipment does not disturb plant life.
  • Work close to the river can only proceed during “fish windows” that occur in April and from mid-July to mid-September.

Visiting the sanctuary

Looking for information on the Bend in the Bow project?

Although the trails are closed to the public, there are still number of ways Calgarians can enjoy the tranquility and wonder of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

  • The Nature Centre is open to visitors. The centre has interpretive exhibits and information about local wildlife and parks. Hours of operation are listed below.
  • Free guided tours are available beginning in late June through to early September on sections of the trails that have been repaired after the flood. Registration is recommended, as space is limited. Tour days and times are listed below.
  • School programs can be booked for all grade levels.
  • Birding adventures courses are offered in July and August.
  • Summer day camps are available for children ages 4-12 years.
  • Visitor experience volunteer opportunities are available. Contact Parks for more information.
Location: 2425 9 Ave. S.E.
Area: 36 hectares
Nature Centre hours: May - September:
Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed statutory holidays
October - April:
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday, noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday, Monday & statutory holidays, CLOSED
Guided tour hours: End June - Early September:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2 p.m.
Wednesdays, 2 & 7 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Tour length: 60 minutes
Sanctuary trail hours: CLOSED

Park features

About the park

The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929. That's more than 80 years of conservation!

To date, 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals and 347 species of plants have been recorded at the Sanctuary and Nature Centre by members of the public, volunteers and staff.

How it all began

In 1883, Colonel James Walker settled the land that is now occupied by the sanctuary. In 1910, the current brick house—named Inglewood—was built, and the surrounding area was named for the most prominent property in the area. Colonel Walker's son, Selby, applied to the Federal government in 1929 to have 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River be designated as a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. His request was granted and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary was born.

When Selby died in 1953, Ed Jefferies acquired the property and leased it to the Alberta Fish & Game Association. In 1970, The City of Calgary purchased the property and has been managing it as a natural reserve ever since.

The sanctuary's Nature Centre was built in 1996 and grassland restoration projects began in that same year.

The Colonel Walker House is currently used by Parks staff and volunteers as a classroom and office.

Contact us for more info, or call 311