Clifford E Lee Nature Sanctuary

Sunday, August 06, 2017
On Saturday I took my first road trip in my baby clown car. Mommikins and I headed out to the Clifford E Lee Nature Sanctuary for a little walk around, some fresh air and a few photos. 

Stolen directly from their website, "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." This trip marked the first time I have taken my car out on the highway or gone over 70km an hour in it. Handles beautifully and has great pick up. Vroom vroom!
We saw plenty of swallows and a few ducks swimming around the sloughs and marshes but other than a plethora of spiders and mosquitos, very little other wildlife. Making our way along the raised boardwalk, it was quiet and serene - a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. We didn't encounter any other people until we were on our way out. There were two couples who were obvious birdwatchers with their tripods, campcots and lenses heavier and larger than many toddlers. A very loud group of four arrived back at the parking lot at the same time we did. While they seemed quite nice, they definitely broke the relaxing atmosphere.
I would definitely recommed the Clifford E Lee nature sanctuary as a nice half day trip from Edmonton, especially for nature lovers. We spent about 1.5 - 2 hours walking around but you could easily spend longer if you took the trails through the woods but we opted to stick to the boardwalk and viewing platforms. Make sure to wear plenty of bug spray and sunscreen. Cost is free but they do accept donations to keep up maintenance on the platforms and walkways. 

Feeling inspired, Mom and I already started talking about other day trips to take and are thinking we might pick up the niece and nephew one Saturday and head out to the corn maze. Any suggestins for 1/2 or full day trips from Edmonton?

You can view my other photos from the trip by visiting my new Flickr Page.


Eugene K said...

Nice pictures! Looks like a delightful place to spend a few hours!

Karen said...

Thanks Eugene, it really was. A nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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