Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is Alberta's oldest federal migratory bird sanctuary. Set on almost 300 acres of protected land within Red Deer city limits, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is a refuge for native plants and animals. The Kerry Wood Nature Centre sits at the edge of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. Nature Centre interpreters deliver natural-history and environmental education through exhibits, fun activities and interactive interpretation for people and groups of all ages.
Explore the five kilometres of trail by yourself, with a group, or with one of the Nature Centre naturalists; a bird blind and viewing decks expose you to a fascinating variety of habitats. Borrow a set of binoculars, snowshoes or an activity kit from Kerry Wood Nature Centre to help bring your hike to life. The 4 km Wishart Trail is gravel-surfaced and contains stairs and steep hills. The 1 km Dr. George loop is level and paved, easily accessible by people pushing strollers or in wheelchairs.
Please note:No pets, skiing or cycling are permitted in the sanctuary.Read more about the history of Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary here.