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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary/Colonel Walker House
September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929
Colonel Walker’s son, Selby, applied to the Federal government in 1929 to have 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River be designated as a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. When Selby died in 1953, Ed Jefferies acquired the property and leased it to the Alberta Fish & Game Association. In 1970, The City of Calgary purchased the property and has been managing it as a natural reserve ever since
Colonel Walker House
Colonel Walker House is the third rendition of the house, built in 1910, as the first two were washed away by floods. It has the original fir doors, door casings, brass key plates and hexagonal door knobs. An Italian influence is apparent in the design of the veranda, corner tower and in the various decorations as well as the notable use of local brick and sandstone elements.
One of the first houses in Calgary to have verandas. The name on the house was used to name the community surrounding it (Inglewood). Owned by Colonel James Walker, who was named Citizen of the Century in 1975, was the first president of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board, and was chairman of the first civic committee.
We will be offering guided walks through the sanctuary every half an hour between 10 am – 4 pm (12 tours in total)
We will have an Environmental Educator in the historic Colonel Walker to answer any questions people might have about the place. This is the only event that we allow the public in the upstairs portion of this historic house!
Each tour will have a maximum of 25 participants
The tours will take place every half an hour throughout the duration of the event (10am – 4pm)
The terrain is a mixture of paved and unpaved pathway