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 landowners, the Poole family and Melcor Developments Ltd, took the initiative to work with the Edmonton & Area Land Trust to preserve this 58 acre parcel forever. This visionary group have succeeded in designating the Sanctuary as a Conservation Area, a much more protective zoning than the majority of Edmonton’s River Valley.

Plan to join the public celebration of this important designation on Saturday, April 29, 2017. In the meantime, explore this site to learn more about why it matters.