Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary

Location: 1.5 km north of 55th Street on 45th Avenue in Red Deer, on the southeast bank of the Red Deer River.

Info: Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is always open. No pets, cycling, jogging, in-line skating, cross-country skiing, or motorized vehicles are permitted in the sanctuary. There is no charge to visit the sanctuary. Donations for the nature centre are appreciated. Kerry Wood Nature Centre is open daily from the Victoria Day to the Labour Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the rest of the year from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open on statutory holidays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 403-346-2010; www.waskasoopark.ca.

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary are an outdoor lover’s dream Named for the late Kerry Wooda naturalist, award-winning author, and long-time Red Deer residentthe centre offers nature walks, rafting, hikes, children’s programs, family events, musical events, exhibits, and an impressive gift shop that will particularly appeal to birders. The Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary became a protected federal migratory bird sanctuary in 1924. You will find five kilometres of trails, a bird blind, and viewing decks. Fed by springs, two oxbow lakes in the reserve attract nesting grebes, coots, and ducks. The many wildflowers include some rare orchids.

Sunnybrook Farm Museum and Interpretive Centre Location: 4701-30th Street, Red Deer.

Info: Open May to September, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Donations appreciated, and tax receipts are available for amounts greater than $10. 403-340-3511; www.sunnybrookfarmmuseum.ca.

The four-hectare Sunnybrook Farm Museum preserves and interprets the history of mixed farming in central Alberta. Originally settled in 1899 by James Bower and family, the farm raised pure-bred cattle and Percheron horses. You can see the barns and workshops built by the Bowers and a century-old pioneer log house moved here from the Evarts district. The museum includes Hudkins and Van Slyke plows, which were both invented in the area, as well as early tractors, binders, rakes, threshing machines, and dairy and blacksmith equipment.

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