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Calgary’s Inglewood Bird Sanctuary reopens to public

ABOVE WATCH: After suffering extensive damage in the 2013 floods, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is re-opening most of its trails, a year ahead of schedule. Global’s Mia Sosiak shows us how it’s changed.

CALGARY – A large portion of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has reopened to the public, following a two-year closure.

The popular tourist destination, located on the west side of the Bow River, was badly damaged by rising floodwaters in 2013 which carved new channels in the park, uprooted trees and destroyed bridges and boardwalks.

“Thanks to tireless efforts by employees, contractors and volunteers, a large portion of the sanctuary will be reopened to the public effective today – and ahead of schedule,” said Planning and Development manager Doug Marter on Thursday.

The sanctuary has been providing critical habitat to 270 species of birds for over 80 years, and is the only urban-centered, federally recognized bird sanctuary in Canada.

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“While a large portion of the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is now open, some areas still remain closed to public due to continuing remediation efforts and a risk to public safety,” says Marter.

You can book a tour online by visiting calgary.ca/IBS.