List of nature centres in Canada

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This is a list of nature centres and environmental education centres in Canada.

Alberta[edit]

Name Location Region Summary
Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre Tofield Central Alberta website, operated by the Town, features natural history exhibits, information on area birding opportunities
Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation Slave Lake Northern Alberta Located in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, indoor and outdoor exhibits, programs, education and study center of boreal birds on their breeding grounds
Bow Habitat Station Calgary Calgary Region website, operated by the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Department, 21 hectares, aquariums, fish hatchery, trout pond, hands-on exhibits
Helen Schuler Nature Centre Lethbridge Southern Alberta website, operated by the City, 196-acre Lethbridge Nature Reserve
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre Calgary Calgary Region website, operated by the City, 36-hectare wildlife reserve
John Janzen Nature Centre Edmonton Edmonton Capital Region website, operated by the City
Kerry Wood Nature Center Red Deer Central Alberta website, operated by the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society, adjacent to Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, a municipally-owned 118 hectare park and federal migratory bird sanctuary
Kimiwan Lake Interpretive Centre McLennan Northern Alberta website, operated by Kimiwan Lake Naturalists, open seasonally
Police Point Park Nature Centre Medicine Hat Southern Alberta website, managed by the Society of Grasslands Naturalists in the municipal 97.7 hectares (241.43 acres) natural reserve

British Columbia[edit]

Name Location Region Summary
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Vernon North Okanagan website, open seasonally, named after area naturalist Allan Brooks
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Creston Central Kootenay 7,000-hectares (17,000 acres), Wildlife Interpretation Centre open seasonally
Goldstream Nature House Langford Capital Seasonal programs, located in the 477-hectare Goldstream Provincial Park and operated by RLC Park Services
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Chilliwack Fraser Valley website, 130 hectares (325 acres), features Rotary Interpretive Centre
Iris Griffith Centre, Ruby Lake Lagoon Madeira Park Sunshine Coast website, operated by the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society, displays about human interaction with the natural environment from the mountains down to the sea
Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre North Vancouver Metro Vancouver Located in 617-acre (250 ha) Lynn Canyon Park, features natural history museum and education programs
Miracle Beach Nature House Campbell River Strathcona Seasonal programs, located in the 137-hectare Miracle Beach Provincial Park and operated by RLC Park Services
Morrell Nature Sanctuary Nanaimo Nanaimo website, 111 hectares of preserved second growth forest with 11 kilometers of walking trails
Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre Osoyoos Okanagan-Similkameen Natural history of the Okanagan Desert and culture of the Osoyoos Indian Band
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre Errington Nanaimo website, wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bear
Osoyoos Desert Centre Osoyoos Okanagan-Similkameen Natural history of the Okanagan Desert, 67-acre nature interpretive facility, operated by the Osoyoos Desert Society
Rathtrevor Beach Nature House Parksville Nanaimo Seasonal programs, located in the 347-hectare Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and operated by RLC Park Services
Richmond Nature Park Richmond Metro Vancouver website, 200 acres, includes the Nature House
Scout Island Nature House Williams Lake Cariboo website
Stanley Park Nature House Vancouver Metro Vancouver Operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, exhibits and programs about the park's natural history
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Saanich Capital Features the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House

Manitoba[edit]

Name Location Region Summary
FortWhyte Alive Winnipeg Winnipeg Capital Region 640 acres, natural history exhibits and live animals, 70-acre bison prairie and viewing mound, over 7 km of interpretive trails, family treehouse
Living Prairie Museum Winnipeg Winnipeg Capital Region 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve, displays on prairie history and ecology, operated by the City
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre Stonewall Winnipeg Capital Region 36 km2 Wildlife Management Area
Riverbank Discovery Centre Brandon Westman Region website, natural history of the Assiniboine River, tourism information

New Brunswick[edit]

Name Location County Summary
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre Cape Jourimain Westmorland Natural history of the Northumberland Strait
Ducks Unlimited Conservation Centre Fredericton York website, operated by Ducks Unlimited on the north banks of the Saint John River
Irving Eco-Centre Bouctouche Kent website, operated by J. D. Irving, sand dune environment of La Dune de Bouctouche
Lamèque Eco-Parc Lamèque Gloucester website
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Center St, Andrews Charlotte website, art gallery, art and nature classes
Tantramar Wetlands Centre Sackville Westmorland website, 15 hectares, community-based centre of wetlands education specializing in experiential programming aimed at public school students and teachers, focus is the Tantramar Marshes

Newfoundland[edit]

Name Location Summary
The Fluvarium St. John's Ooperated by the Quidi Vidi/Rennie's River Development Foundation, natural history and environment of the river
Salmonier Nature Park Holyrood website, operated by the Province, 40 hectares with trails and animal displays, centre for environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation, research and environmental monitoring

Nova Scotia[edit]

Name Location Summary
Joggins Fossil Centre Joggins website, museum exhibits about the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, area coal mining, guided beach tours and programs
Natural Resources Education Centre Middle Musquodoboit website, operated by the Province, 80 hectares (120 acres), curriculum-based educational programs for schools and groups
Robie Tufts Nature Centre Wolfville website, operated by the Blomidon Naturalists Society, features structure for chimney swifts

Ontario[edit]

Name Location Region Summary
Apps' Mill Nature Centre Brantford Southwestern Ontario website, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority in the 107 hectare (266 acre) property of mature forest, fields and plantations; features the 1841 Apps' Flour and Grist Mill
Backus Mill Heritage and Conservation Centre Port Rowan Southwestern Ontario 1,240 acres, features late 18th century grist mill, conservation education centre and heritage village
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Oakville Southwestern Ontario 6.4-square-kilometre (2.5 sq mi) park, features nature centre, children's farm, early 20th century historic farmhouse museum
Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation Ball's Falls Southwestern Ontario Natural and cultural history of the Niagara Escarpment and ghost town with restored buildings
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area South Lancaster Eastern Ontario website, operated by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, visitor center located on Lake Saint Francis
EcoHouse Green Venture Hamilton Golden Horseshoe website, sustainable living environmental education demonstration centre operated by Green Venture
Giant Rib Discovery Centre Dundas Golden Horseshoe Natural history of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and the Niagara Escarpment
Gamiing Nature Centre Lindsay Central Ontario 100 acres, nature workshops and events about lake ecosystems
Guelph Lake Nature Centre Guelph Southwestern Ontario Operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority in the 1608-hectare (3,971-acre) property of the Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Heartland Forest Nature Experience Niagara Falls Golden Horseshoe website, 93 acres with 2.5 km of accessible trails
High Park Toronto Golden Horseshoe 161 hectares (400 acres) park, High Park Nature Centre serves as an educational centre for visitors to the Park
H. R.Frink Outdoor Education Centre Plainfield Central Ontario website, Friend of the Frink Center, operated by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board in partnership with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board on land owned by Quinte Conservation
Kortright Centre for Conservation Vaughan Greater Toronto Area 325 hectares, environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration centre, operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Laurel Creek Nature Centre Waterloo Southwestern Ontario website, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority in the 47-hectare (120-acre) property
Ojibway Nature Center and Ojibway Park Windsor Southwestern Ontario Operated by the Windsor Department of Parks, natural history of the Ojibway Prairie Complex
Presqu'ile Provincial Park Brighton Central Ontario 9.37 km2 (3.62 sq mi), features a nature centre and the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
Rouge Valley Conservation Centre Toronto Golden Horseshoe Located in Rouge Park, environmental education programs and guided hikes in the park
Royal Botanical Gardens Burlington Golden Horseshoe 980 hectares (2,422 acres), includes an arboretum, herbarium, nature interpretive centre, network of over 37 km of trails and outdoor floral arrangements
Shade's Mill Toyota Nature Centre Cambridge Southwestern Ontario website, operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority in the 177 hectares (437 acres) Shade's Mill Conservation Area
Toronto Botanical Garden Toronto Golden Horseshoe 4 acres (2 ha), features 17 themed "city-sized gardens", environmental education programs
University of Guelph Arboretum Guelph Southwestern Ontario 165 hectares (410 acres), offers workshops, special events, includes the J.C. Taylor Centre
Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary Morrisburg Eastern Ontario website, operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, 9,000 hectares, interpretive centre with exhibits, environmental education programs
Wawanosh Nature Centre Belgrave Southwestern Ontario website, operated by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority in the Wawanosh Valley Conservation Area
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre Midland Central Ontario 3,000 acres of wetlands, fen and forest, includes live animals, trails, canoeing and kayaking routes, an observation tower and boardwalks

Prince Edward Island[edit]

Name Location County Summary
Macphail Woods Nature Centre Orwell Queens website, operated by the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project

Quebec[edit]

Name Location Region Summary
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area Saint-Joachim Charlevoix Critical habitat for the Greater Snow Goose during migration, encompasses 2400 hectares (24 km2) of marshes, wetlands, plains and forests
Centre d'Interprétation de la Nature du Lac Boivin Granby Montérégie website, 1,114 acres
Centre d’interprétation la Maison Girard L'Isle-Verte Bas-Saint-Laurent website, natural history of the peat bogs and tidal marshes of the Baie de l'Isle-Verte
Centre d'interprétation de la nature et marais Laperrière Duhamel-Ouest Abitibi-Témiscamingue website

Saskatchewan[edit]

Name Location Census Division Region Summary
Battlefords Wildlife Federation Nature Centre North Battleford 16 North Central website
Beaver Creek Conservation Area Saskatoon 11 Central website, interpretive center, operated by the Meewasin Valley Authority, features an uncultivated short grass prairie site
Chaplin Nature Centre Chaplin 7 South Central website, exhibits about shore birds, area brine shrimp and mining industry, bird migration
Foam Lake Visitor Centre and Nature Centre Foam Lake 10 East Central website, natural history of the Quill Lakes, local tourism information
Prince Albert National Park of Canada Nature Centre Waskesiu 16 North Central Natural history of the park and its significance in the family of national parks of Canada
Quill Lakes International Bird Area Interpretive Centre Wynyard 10 East Central website, natural history of the Quill Lakes, local tourism information
Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre Moose Jaw 7 South Central website, conservation of the endangered burrowing owl and their prairie habitat, open seasonally
Wadena & District Museum & Nature Centre Wadena 10 East Central website, information, area pioneer heritage, railroad, natural history of the Quill Lakes

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