Celebrate Halloween at Gaetz Lake Sanctuary

  • October 18, 2021

Image via Clement Falize


The Gaetz Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary is beloved here in Red Deer, and this spooky season, they’re hosting several Halloween events for all ages. A beautiful spot at any time of year, the nature reserve, which sits on the Red Deer River, is particularly lovely in the fall, making it a beautiful time to visit. This month, the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary is inviting families to join them for a special Spooky Side of Nature event and a Bat Craft & Walk. 


Spooky Side of Nature 

The Spooky Side of Nature is happening from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm on Saturday, October 23rd. The event promises to explore the “weird and wonderful” wildlife of Alberta, with a specific focus on some of the spookiest animals of all. Guests will join an interpreter as you walk through the Sanctuary and learn all about its wild residents. Tickets cost $12 per family and drop-ins are welcome. 


Bat Craft & Walk

The second event, taking place on Sunday, October 24th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm is the Bat Craft & Walk. This event will focus specifically on Alberta’s bat population. The program will begin with a fun bat craft and finish with a walk-through of the Sanctuary. Guides will chat with guests about the different kinds of bats in Alberta and what they’re up to at this time of year. Tickets cost $15 per family and pre-registration is required. For both events, please remember to dress for the weather as the bulk of the programs will take place outdoors. 


If you’re going to be in Red Deer this October, then we definitely suggest attending either of the Gaetz Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary events above. And if you need someplace to stay during your trip, we’d love to host you at the Days Inn by Wyndham Red Deer. We combine a warm, welcoming atmosphere with family-friendly amenities and a prime location in the heart of the city.


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