Ellis Bird Farm

Reflections on the pond

One of the most relaxing and enjoyable place in Central Alberta

by | Published on July 13, 2013 | Last updated on July 5, 2019

Based on a visit to the area on August 5, 2012

Take a stroll through the gardens, learn about mountain bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Ellis Cafe.
Located a short drive north of Red Deer, the Ellis Bird Farm is open Tuesday through Sunday from Victoria Day to Labour Day.
Ellis Bird Farm

Looking for insects at the pond

Ellis Bird Farm

Bird houses throughout the property

Stop by for a stroll on the trails, check out the world’s largest outdoor collection of bluebird nest box, relax in the gardens or take part in one of their programs.

Take A Stroll

Head out for a walk around the property on the stroller and wheelchair friendly path. Keep an eye out for beavers and a variety of birds along the way. Plan on taking lots of breaks along the way and don’t forget to bring your camera. The pond and gardens offer great photo opportunities and the large collection of bluebird nest box provide great backdrops.

Programs and Special Events

Take part in one of their many events throughout the summer including photography workshops, the bug jamboree and the bluebird festival. Make sure to check their website to find out more about what’s happening this month.

Ellis Cafe

Plan on making a stop for ice cream or a enjoy a delicious lunch at the farmhouse.

Plan Your Adventure

  • Season: Open Tuesday to Sunday from Victoria Day to Labour Day
  • Recommended Visit: 2+ hour
  • Family Friendly: Great for all ages
  • Admission fees: By donation – some programs have fees
  • Location: From Red Deer, go north on Highway 2 to the Blackfalds turn-off. From there go approximately 15 km east on Highway 597 then go north on Prentiss Road (RR 26-0) for another 4km.

Visit their website at ellisbirdfarm.ca for more information.

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