Looking to get out of the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature? There are so many options around, but these are two of our favourites!
Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary
Did watching “The Big Year” get you interested in birding? Are you looking for somewhere to head out on a trail and encounter multiple species of birds and animals along the way? If so, then the Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary is the place for you!
- Protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland, and pine forest
- Varied habitats attract a diversity of animals, including over 100 species of bird
- Boardwalk and trails are easily navigated by all skill levels
Trails at the Clifford E. Lee Sanctuary
A raised boardwalk winds through cattails and reeds, allowing visitors to closely experience the marsh environment.
Aspen Ridge Trail
As you step off the boardwalk, the earth trail rises up atop a ridge covered by groves of trembling aspen.
Pine Knoll Trail
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.
Woodland Flower Trail
The Woodland Flower Trail ambles through a mixed forest of poplars, paper birch and white spruce.
Devonian Botanic Garden
Did you know that you can see hundreds of tropical butterflies just minutes outside of Edmonton? Or that you can experience a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony? Have you been looking for the perfect place for your next date night? You can find all this and more at the Devonian Botanic Garden!
Some of the highlights are:
- 240 acre property located 15 minutes Southwest of Edmonton
- Cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor show houses, and extensive trail systems
- Home to the Butterfly House, Kurimoto Japanese Garden, herb and sensory gardens, hiking trails, and more