Getting to the lab is not difficult, but does require driving a few kilometers on a gravel road which can get muddy, then a couple hundred meters off-road to the visitor parking lot, and a walk in along a well-marked 1.5 km trail through the Natural Area.

BIRD BANDING VISITORS, Once you arrive at Visitor Parking, you can either continue walking up the road access on foot, or walk in through the trail system. Either direction, it's a 30min walk in. If you have mobility challenges, please contact us at for further instructions. 

To get to the BBO visitor parking lot:

  • Drive east out of Edmonton on Highway 14, marked to Camrose/Wainwright.
  • When you reach Tofield stay on Highway 14 until Secondary Highway 834, marked to Bawlf.
  • You also have the option of going through the Town of Tofield (watch for Watchable Wildlife signs).
  • Turn north (left) on Hwy 834 and continue until you reach a T-intersection.
  • Turn east (right) at the T-intersection on to Secondary Highway 626, which turns quickly to gravel.
  • Continue straight east as Hwy 626 becomes Township Road 510.
  • Follow Twp Rd 510 almost to the end, approximately 6.25 km after the road turned to gravel.
  • You will see a gate and a cattle guard on the north (left) side of the road.
  • Proceed through this gate (closing it behind you) and continue across the field along the tracks.
  • This portion is on private property—please protect the vegetation and be cautious around the cattle.
  • Park your vehicle on the inside of the second gate, inside the Natural Area.

Once you've parked your vehicle, you're just a short 30 minute walk away from the lab:

  • Take the main trail, "Harrier Highway", northeast from the visitor parking lot.
  • The trail runs along Lister Lake and provides excellent birding opportunities.
  • After approximately 1 km, watch on your left for the signs for "Warbler Way"
  • Wind along "Warbler Way" for approximately 0.5 km through the young poplar forest until you reach the lab.