Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Kerry Wood Nature Centre
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Sitting adjacent to the 300 acre Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, the Kerry Wood Nature Centre is the gateway to Waskasoo Park. Enjoy 5 kilometers of walking /snowshoeing trails in the Sanctuary or set out on an urban nature adventure through Waskasoo Park. The nature centre has interactive exhibits, a Discovery room, gift shop, and The Imagination Grove and Harmony Garden; a nature-based outdoor playspace and Alberta's first fully-accessible music park.
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  • pbrian2018
    Stettler, Canada101 contributions
    Wonderful trails in the city
    Great way to spend an afternoon walking the trails in Kerry Wood. The longest trail, take the left side and do a big circle back to the Nature Centre, takes about an hour with some stops to climb duck blinds and viewing points. For being right in the city there is little, if any, noise. We have walked in all seasons and it smells great and there is always something to see. You can walk a shorter route as well and still see lots. There is an outdoor garden as well as children’s play and discovery area. The Nature Centre itself has washrooms and features changing exhibits and paintings as well as a family-friendly hand-on info on the area. There is a small nature store and you can buy ice cream treats and drinks from a cooler. We often leave our vehicle in the parking lot and takes our bikes as there are many paths from Kerry Wood. The neighbourhood around the area is interesting as well. Well worth seeing in any season. Bring your walking shoes and a hat!
    Visited October 2019
    Written February 19, 2020
  • Shaowu C
    Edmonton, Canada12 contributions
    Nice lookout by the lake
    When we visit Red Deer, I often bring my girls here to play at the musical garden. Today we also went for a stroll behind the building. The lookout beside the lake provided stunning views. The hiking trail is well paved and the wooden lookout/boardwalk is probably one of the best ones I have seen in Alberta. New, clean, safe for toddlers to explore on their own (wont fall into water) and yet they made lots of windows for you to see the lake. My girls spent a long time there. To get to the said lookout, you go behind the building to the storybook loop. You go counter clockwise (so you enter the loop on your right), about 3 min in you will see the path to this lookout on your right.
    Visited August 2020
    Travelled with family
    Written August 6, 2020
  • ledicarus
    Red Deer, Canada78 contributions
    Beautiful park to explore for hours.
    Always worth the visit. It is accessible on foot/bicycle via Red Deer's extensive trail system. The sanctuary is open year round. There is a boardwalk leading to a two level nature observation deck in the lake closest to the nature centre. The park has a lot of wildlife year round including various birds, moose, and deer. I went there and fed the chickadees seeds from my hand on a couple occasions just as Mrs. Gaetz did nearly 100 years ago.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 28, 2023
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,750 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
You have the option of taking the longer perimeter trail or you can simply walk out to the bird observation deck. The scenery is beautiful all around. Also the information in the visitor centre is well organized and interesting.
Written September 28, 2023
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ledicarus
Red Deer, Canada78 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Solo
Always worth the visit. It is accessible on foot/bicycle via Red Deer's extensive trail system. The sanctuary is open year round. There is a boardwalk leading to a two level nature observation deck in the lake closest to the nature centre. The park has a lot of wildlife year round including various birds, moose, and deer. I went there and fed the chickadees seeds from my hand on a couple occasions just as Mrs. Gaetz did nearly 100 years ago.
Written April 28, 2023
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Brandon L
2 contributions
Jul. 2022
Feel like you're out in nature in the middle of a city. Excellent walking trails, bird watching and an indoor nature interpretive center. Natural playground is fun for the kids.
Written September 12, 2022
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Aniatopia
Drayton Valley, Canada3 contributions
Nov. 2021
Great place for a trail run or hike with my kids. We go so often! The nature playground is awesome. And the Centre has lots of activities that bring not only awareness of ways to be more 'green' but doing something about them!
Written November 4, 2021
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,646 contributions
Jul. 2021
Great place to walk around. The deer seem to like it too as they left their dropping all along the path. I also got to pick and eat a few Saskatoon Berries. Nice little gift shop.
Written July 24, 2021
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Dale S
Calgary, Canada6 contributions
Jun. 2021
A gem within the City Limits. Nice to see a nature preserve all can visit and enjoy. Easy to hike and lots of wildlife.
Written June 21, 2021
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JasonT
Red Deer, Canada3 contributions
Jul. 2020
Great place to bring your family for a little outing.
Walking around the pond is amazing.

It's a little bit of a bummer that people have destroyed much of the outdoor musical instruments; but other than that, it's a great place for a walk and to take in some nature!
Written May 26, 2021
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jeannie737
Red Deer, Canada3 contributions
Mar. 2021 • Couples
A beautiful walk in nature. Lovely places to watch beaver working, muskrats playing and tons of waterfowl. The occasional deer and moose can be seen as well. Well worth the time.
Written April 2, 2021
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lmac262020
16 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Friends
My roommate and I went for a winter walk out our back door and ended up at the Kerry Wood Nature Center. We were so incredibly delighted to see a family of trumpeter swans 🦢 on our way with goslings !!! It was incredible 💞 we were able to make it all the way to the facilities where there was a beautiful art show up, and such a friendly staff as well 🥰
Written December 31, 2020
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Shaowu C
Edmonton, Canada12 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Family
When we visit Red Deer, I often bring my girls here to play at the musical garden. Today we also went for a stroll behind the building. The lookout beside the lake provided stunning views. The hiking trail is well paved and the wooden lookout/boardwalk is probably one of the best ones I have seen in Alberta. New, clean, safe for toddlers to explore on their own (wont fall into water) and yet they made lots of windows for you to see the lake. My girls spent a long time there. To get to the said lookout, you go behind the building to the storybook loop. You go counter clockwise (so you enter the loop on your right), about 3 min in you will see the path to this lookout on your right.
Written August 7, 2020
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Kerry Wood Nature Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.