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Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary

Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton’s city centre, the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary protects 348 acres of marshland, open meadow, aspen parkland and pine forest. The varied habitats of the Sanctuary attract a diversity of animals, including more than one hundred bird species, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
The boardwalk and connected upland trails are easily navigated in summer by all skill levels, but they are not considered wheelchair accessible.  
Check the Visiting Guidelines page for information about responsible site use.  Note: the Sanctuary officially re-opened June 1st, but due to the COVID-19 situation visitors are asked to:
  • Hike to the right when the boardwalk divides,  i.e. walk the boardwalk in a counter-clockwise direction.
  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing on trails and at viewing platforms
  • Take home any of your litter or trash – if you pack it in, pack it home too
  • Washroom facilities will no longer be available on site – plan ahead
  • Carry and use your own hand sanitizer
  • If you’re feeling unwell – please stay home!

Note to Visitors:  please do not leave bird seed on the picnic tables and viewing platforms of the Sanctuary. The site is a natural habitat for wild animals and it is best that wildlife not be fed.  The picnic tables are for guests to sit, relax and have lunch  — please keep them clean.

Check out some of the wildlife and flowers you may see on your visit:

Animal Identification   |  Bird Identification   |   Plant Identification

Want a sneak peek? Here are some sounds of spring at the Sanctuary!

The Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary is a protected area in Parkland County with four hiking trails that are perfect for all ages to enjoy wildlife watching.