A Taste of the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
Based on a visit to the area on June 8, 2016
The paved Dr. George Trail
Bird blinds at the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary
The wheelchair accessible trail gives a great introduction to the bird sanctuary and Waskasoo Park.
Plan Your Adventure
Trail conditions can change quickly. The map and directions below are based on our hike in the area on June 8, 2016.
- Activity: Walk
- Distance: 1.1 km
- Elevation Gain: ~10 m
- Challenge Level: Easy
- Family Friendly: Yes – stroller friendly
- Trail Type: Loop
- Trail Conditions: Paved
- Season: Year Round
- Congestion: Minimal
- Alternate Descriptions: Visit the Kerry Wood Nature Centre for more information on this area.
- Trailhead: The trail starts at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre located at 6300 45 Avenue in Red Deer.
Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area’s trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on your adventure, while the rest is taken care of.
- Management: Waskasoo Environmental Education Society
- Protection Status: Municipal Park / Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary
- Other Trail Uses: Running, biking and going off trail are prohibited
- Dogs Allowed: No
- Permits / Restrictions: None
- Cell Reception: Excellent
Head Out With A Guide
Make the most of your adventure and head out with a guide. Pursuit Adventures offers guided hikes from April to November. Get in touch with them to plan your custom hiking adventure in Central Alberta.
Head Out On Your Own
Sometimes you just want to head out on your own to explore the area. We get it. Here’s the guide for the Dr. George Trail.
Dr. George Trail
- 0.4 km | West Gaetz Lake Bird Blind
- 0.8 km | Wishart Trail Junction
The trail starts with a junction. Follow the sign for the bird blind, heading toward the poplar forest. The trail to your right is the return path from the Wishart Trail and the one to your left is your return trail.
The first stop along the way is just a short distance from the trailhead. Take the short detour to head over to the bird blind overlooking the west lake. A good spot to visit on its own, the blind gives a good chance to see a variety of waterfowl and shoreline birds in close proximity.
- For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
- Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
- Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
- Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
- This area has cell phone reception.
- Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.
There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.
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