UPDATE: Thanks to tireless efforts by employees, contractors and volunteers, a large portion of the Sanctuary is reopening to the public, ahead of schedule, on July 30, 2015.
The flood impact was extremely profound in the Sanctuary, requiring mindful and methodical clean-up and repair efforts. Issues that needed consideration included:
- Birds could not be nesting or migrating for work to proceed.
- A delicate balance between wet and dry ground was important so that equipment did not disturb plant life.
- Work close to the river could only proceed during “fish windows” that occur in April and from mid-July to mid-September.
While a large portion of the Bird Sanctuary opens July 30, some areas still remain closed to public, due to continuing remediation efforts.
For your safety and our wildlife’s protection, please stay on marked trails and obey all signage.
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|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
Construction of the Outdoor Learning Classroom in the Sanctuary will begin this fall, helping to replace infrastructure lost during flood, and will offer increased programming space for citizens to learn about the environment. With the help of TD Bank, the classroom will both expand Parks educational programs for children, and totally immerse children in the environment they’re learning about.
Bend in the Bow
The City of Calgary is currently working on the creation of a new regional park in Inglewood, incorporating the Sanctuary.
The finished regional park will be called Bend in the Bow. It will include the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the Inglewood Wildlands, Pierce Estate Park, River Passage Park (including Harvie Passage) and the open spaces between these areas to create a large green space for the enjoyment of all Calgarians.
Visiting the 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.
- Some trails are not open to the public. These are fenced off or clearly marked. Please obey all signage for your safety and wildlife protection.
- 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.
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