We know that families come in all different forms. Join us for a fun and inclusive hike on this special day!
CLIFFORD E. LEE NATURE SANCTUARY
Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest. The varied habitats of the Sanctuary attract a diversity of animals, including more than one hundred bird species, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Please register here to reserve space on the bus.
|11:00am||Bus leaves MEC Edmonton Downtown Store|
|11:40am||Bus arrives at Clifford E Nature Sanctuary|
|12:45pm||Hike wraps up|
|1:30pm||Bus returns to MEC Edmonton Store|
|1:30pm||Enjoy some ice cream|
WHAT TO BRING:
- Bug Spray (it is Edmonton!)
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen – depending on weather
- Runners or hiking shoes
- Light jacket
- Water and snack for the trail
- Your camera!
MORE DETAILS ON THE HIKE:
- Hike starts just off Sanctuary Road
- Total distance: 3.6-4km
- Easy hike, but not wheelchair accessible
- Boardwalk Loop – A raised boardwalk winds through cattails and reeds, allowing visitors to closely experience the marsh environment. A diversity of waterfowl take residence in the Sanctuary and interpretive signage on the boardwalk and viewing platforms help novice birdwatchers identify the various birds. As you leave the marsh, the boardwalk gives way to a sandy trail bordered by grasses and wildflowers, that winds its way through the meadow. Benches provide a pleasant place to rest and take in the beautiful surroundings. The trail leaves the meadow and rises into an upland forest before rejoining the boardwalk, which returns to the picnic area.
- Aspen Ridge – Follow the boardwalk from the picnic area and veer to the right at the first junction. The Aspen Ridge Trail starts along the boardwalk. As you step off the boardwalk, the earth trail rises up atop a ridge covered by groves of trembling aspen. The leaves of the trembling aspen rustle in the wind but beneath the canopy it is calm and peaceful. As you stroll along, you may see a hare bounding through the dense understory or a chipmunk scurrying across the trail. The canopy begins to open and the trail descends as you come to its end. The boardwalk will take you back to the picnic area or you can look at the map, posted at the trail junction, to see where to go next.
- Pine Knoll – The trail begins 1 km walk from the Sanctuary entrance and winds its way up into a jack pine forest. This unique area of the Sanctuary was once a sand dune that was deposited by winds following the last Ice Age. Jack pines are found only in this area of the Sanctuary because they prefer sandy, acidic soils. Halfway along the trail there is a bench beneath a large pine where you can sit, watch the birds and listen to the chatter of red squirrels. The pines begin to disappear as the trail descends, replaced by paper birch, beaked hazelnut and trembling aspen.
WHERE THE SANCTUARY IS LOCATED
The Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary is located a short distance southwest of Edmonton. From Highway 60 (Devon Highway), turn west at Woodbend Rd. (13.2 km south of Highway 16A). Follow Woodbend Rd. (Township Road 514) 1.6 km to Sanctuary Rd (Range Road 264). Turn south onto Sanctuary Rd.and continue for 1.4 km to the parking area on the right.