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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary bookings

Indoor booking spaces will be unavailable during the Nature Centre expansion project. Construction has begun and will continue until fall 2020.​

Surrounded by 36 hectares of tranquil wilderness just minutes from downtown Calgary, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary provides a unique setting for your meeting, function, event, training session or holiday party. Situated along the bend of the Bow River, it’s ranked within Calgary’s top 20 attractions by TripAdvisor reviewers and is the only federally-designated migratory bird sanctuary in North America with special protection rights.

The Sanctuary offers indoor spaces and outdoor spaces for bookings, space for hosting birthday parties and specialty programs for groups.​

Note: At this time we do not know the lasting effects COVID-19 will have on our capacities and services. We recommend planning for current restricted capacities (50 per cent of standard outdoor capacities, 30 per cent indoors). The City reserves the right to revise or cancel permits should the current situation change or per instructions from the Alberta Government.

Book an indoor meeting space

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has a variety of meeting spaces to meet your needs. Whether looking for modern amenities or historical settings, we can provide a unique backdrop for your meeting or event.

The Nature Centre at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary meeting rooms include:

  • Boardroom or classroom style set up for 24 people.
  • Theatre style set up for 40 people.
  • Free parking.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available.
  • LCD projector included.
  • Beverage service available.
  • Catering available.
  • Green bookings. Paper/plastic/styrofoam not supported on site.
  • Add an outdoor guided walk for an additional fee.
Location Capacity Rate (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Evening/Weekend Rate

Pickdering room, Nature Centre

40 theatre

24 seated

$75/hour

$125/hour

Lobby, Nature Centre

50-80 cocktail

$75/hour

$125/hour

Note: All bookings are a minimum of two hours. Discounts offered for not-for-profit groups, please inquire at ibs@calgary.ca

Additional fees

  • Risk management fee applies to all rentals: $4.75
  • Beverage service: $2/cup - includes coffee, tea and water service

All prices include GST and are subject to change.

Book the Walker House Lawn

Make the Walker House lawn the setting for your wedding or special event. Built in 1910, this historic brick house – named Inglewood – was the home of Colonel James Walker, one of the city’s most important early civic leaders. One of only two remaining homesteads in Calgary’s inner city and surrounded by 36 hectares of a federal migratory bird sanctuary, this location is certainly one-of-a-kind! The Walker House and its lawn are only available for booking between May 1 and September 30.

Bookings include:

  • Wedding bookings have a maximum time limit of three hours (includes set-up and clean-up).
  • Access to public washrooms.
  • One-hour consultation and site walkthrough with City Parks staff.
  • City staff on-site the day of your event to assist with logistics.

Additional fees:

  • Risk Management Fee: $4.75
  • Outdoor chairs: $150, up to 50 chairs

Things to know before booking the Walker House lawn

  • It is important to review Inglewood Bird Sanctuary's Etiquette and Conditions of Use before booking.
  • Outdoor spaces are only available to be booked between May 1 and September 30.
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary encourages environmentally-sustainable meetings and events. Please read thegreen event guidelines for information on how to “green” up your booking.
  • Bookings can only be requested one calendar year in advance.
  • Bookings at Walker House are available on a limited basis in order to preserve the historical significance of the site. Only one special event is permitted at a time to ensure public access remains available.
  • Species that are legislated under the Alberta Weed Control Act are prohibited in the Sanctuary, both by the Sanctuary itself and through provincial law. Please review the prohibited species list before visiting.
  • All visitors must stay on pathways or lawned areas.
  • Pets/animals are not permitted in the park.
  • Active sports (including frisbee, soccer, lawn darts, etc.) are not permissible.
  • All bookings area subject to approval.

Colonel Walker House Lawn

Colonel Walker Classroom

Rental rates

Location Capacity Rates Time

Walker House Lawn & Meeting Room

​50 max.

Weddings only: $400

three hour maximum (anytime between 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., seasonally)

Walker House Lawn

50 max.

$75/hour (two hour minimum)

8 a.m. - 9 p.m.