A Special Place in the Heart of Edmonton

Larch Sanctuary is protected habitat in Whitemud Creek Ravine, a place to connect with nature.

It is important due to its:

  • Oxbow, home to waterfowl, semi-aquatic furbearers and Alberta’s smallest frogs.
  • Mix of century-old white spruce, deciduous forest and regenerating spruce trees.
  • Diversity of canopy, ground and shoreline vegetation.
  • Nesting grounds for 42 different species of birds.
  • Dead trees.

The Sanctuary is protected by Edmonton’s first Conservation Easement. The landowners, the Poole family and Melcor Developments Ltd, worked with the City and the Edmonton & Area Land Trust to secure this important designation. It ensures permanent stewardship of this unique 58 acre parcel. Explore this site to learn more about why it matters.