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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

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This city-owned natural area is found at the east end of 9th Avenue SE beside the Bow River, and has been home to more than 250 species of birds.



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Neighbourhood | Calgary


The park is open year round, dawn to dusk. Nature Centre Hours: May-September: 10AM – 5PM, October-April: Closed Mondays, Open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Profile Last Updated: July 08, 2008

The History
In the early days of the City of Calgary the Sanctuary lands were owned by Colonel James Walker, who built his estate on the site and coined the neighbourhood’s name - Inglewood. Colonel Walker was a prominent citizen and leading conservationist of the time. Following his death, the property was controlled by various people, but passed into City ownership in 1970. Since that time the lands have been operated as a natural preserve, and an interpretive/educational centre has since been built on site. The place is one of peace and serenity inside the bustling city, and is considered by many to be the flagship of all local natural parks.

The Sanctuary
The Sanctuary comprises 32 hectares of land and has representative samples of various habitats, including aquatic, grasslands, riverine forest and shrublands. There are over two kilometers of well-maintained, level trails on the property, all of which are accessible by wheelchairs and strollers. No bicycles, rollerblades, or dogs are allowed entry to the park. The Sanctuary is home, either permanently or temporarily, to over 250 species of birds, with the majority of species observed during the spring and fall migrations. Mammals are also often spotted, including mule and white tail deer, weasels, foxes and coyotes. In addition to animals, the park supports over 300 species of plants.

Room Rental Available
The Nature Centre has a room available for rent to host events and meetings for up to about fifty people. The room rates are calculated by the hour, and it is available for daytime or evening events. Audio visual services are provided in the room, including a television, VCR, microphone and overhead and slide projectors. A coffee service and catering can be provided by arrangement at the time of booking. If you have an event that might be appropriate for this haven of calm and quiet, call for availability and rates.


Restrictions: Leave your pets, bicycles, roller blades and bird food at home

More info: For City of Calgary information dial 311

Admission: Admission to Sanctuary is free, but donations always gratefully accepted.

Wheelchair accessible: yes