Location: Pearce Estate Park
East of Inglewood – 1440-17A Street SE
Gordie’s review (4 years old): “What was the best part?” “Seeing the fish!”
Nicky’s review (13 months old): ish! ish! (Fish)
Day Pass Cost: Discover Centre – $10 adults, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under. Fish Hatchery Tour is $5 for adults and $3 for kids, free for ages 4 and under. Save $1 if you purchase admission to both the Discovery Centre and the Fish Hatchery Tour. Additional rates are available.
Annual Pass Break Even point: Adults and Youth – 3rd or 4th visit depending on whether you tour the Fish Hatchery.
Parking: free parking lot
Food Services: There is a small cafe inside the Bow Habitat Station that may be open seasonally.
Age Range: All ages.
Stay Length: 1 – 2 hours
Overall: This was our first visit to the Bow Habitat Station. The main floor has a seasonal cafe, gift shop and access to the fish hatchery tour. The 30 minute tours of the fish hatchery run twice a day at noon and 2pm (Tuesday-Saturday). We had to take Nicky back home for her afternoon nap so we skipped the tour this trip.
We started downstairs to Nicky’s delight.
The aquariums feature fish that live in the various habitats in Alberta.
When you push the buttons the corresponding part of anatomy on the fish model lights up.
Nicky loved seeing the fish swim around. It’s not a huge space, just a large room but the kids both really enjoyed it.
The tanks are set up to represent different fish habitats and the fish that live in them. I thought the layout of that was really interesting.
The interpretive centre is on the upper floor.
I’m not sure what I expected to see, but I was really surprised at how pretty the displays were.
There is lots of opportunities to read and learn, as well as a ton of interactive features too.
There is also an overlook where you can see into the fish hatchery.
They have some cute photo ops too. Gordie was a little short for this one.
Gordie thought the canoe that you could sit on was pretty cool and loved the activity with the blocks too.
Most of the different sections had one of these – you turn the blocks to make the correct animals. Gordie did every single one. He thought it was really funny to make them intentionally wrong too.
This was another one of the cute photo ops. You can flip the pages of the giant ‘book’ to provide different back drops.
Although probably best suited to kids in elementary school my family had a great time. The displays offer engaging experiences for kids of a wide variety of ages and even small babies will enjoy watching the fish swim in the downstairs aquariums. The Bow Habitat Station also runs Wonderful Wednesdays a preschool program for kids 2-5.
Just outside, you can also try out fishing in the kids can fish trout pond – fishing pole rentals are available for $5 (adults helping kids require a fishing license) and check out the interpretive wetlands at Pearce Estate Park.
Have you been to the Bow Habitat Station? What did you think?