Red Deer: This sanctuary is for the birds

The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is Alberta’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary. The 122 hectares of protected land is within Red Deer’s city limits. (Black Press Media file photo(The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is Alberta’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary. The 122 hectares of protected land is within Red Deer’s city limits. (Black Press Media file photo(
A bird at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. (Black Press Media file photo)A bird at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. (Black Press Media file photo)
The wooden bridge connecting from the forest to the bird’s outlook at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. Kerry Wood Nature Centre is a part of the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary which is host to an assortment of flora and fauna. (Black Press Media file photo)The wooden bridge connecting from the forest to the bird’s outlook at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. Kerry Wood Nature Centre is a part of the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary which is host to an assortment of flora and fauna. (Black Press Media file photo)

If you’re a bird lover, you’ll love visiting the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, which is the province of Alberta’s oldest migratory bird sanctuary.

Within Red Deer city limits, this sanctuary is nearly 122 hectares of protected land featuring five kilometres of hiking trails.

The entrance to the sanctuary is at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, a facility named after a remarkable wildlife writer who was based in Red Deer.

During normal operations, visitors can get tours from one of the centre’s naturalists, or borrow binoculars and snowshoes.

Before travelling, check out the City of Red Deer’s website to find out about current COVID-19 restrictions and the government of Alberta’s website for the same.

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