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Wildlife Viewing Nature & Wildlife

Alberta’s five national parks and more than 250 provincial parks protect nearly 600 species of wildlife. On any given road trip or hike – even a stroll through a mountain town – expect to see something wild. You might even spy a local all-star: moose, bison, elk, grizzlies and black bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. • Good to know: You’re extra lucky if you spot an elusive wolf, cougar, lynx, bobcat or wolverine. • Pro tip: Golden eagles search for prey in the northern forests and on the prairies. Flocks of trumpeter swans, an at-risk species, can be spotted in spring, especially on water in the Grande Prairie area. 

It’s a brisk, cloudy morning in February in a remote valley on the eastern edge of Banff National Park. Five modified shipping containers sit on the ground, vibrating. Inside are groups of plains bison—three or four to a container, not quite shoulder to shoulder, 16 animals in all. The bison each have a numbered tag attached to one ear, a special collar around their necks, and lengths of rubber hose duct-taped to their horns to protect one another from accidental gougings.

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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Wildlife photography Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Wildlife viewing in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

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Police Point Park Nature Centre

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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Located in beautiful Police Point Park, Medicine Hat, Alberta, the Interpretive Program offers Nature programming and activities to the public all year long. School programs available - adapted for different grade levels. Community programs available or book a birthday party. We have fun, free activities each week.

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John Janzen Nature Centre

Edmonton, Alberta
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A nature adventure awaits you in the heart of Edmonton's River Valley. The whole family will love the programs, events and interactive exhibits on display at the John Janzen Nature Centre. At the centre's indoor Teglar Discovery Zone kids up to 10 years of age can climb the birch trees, hang out in the honeycomb bee hive and learn about nature and wildlife through play.

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Beaver River Trestle

Cold Lake, Alberta

Look down. Way down. The Beaver River Trestle, at one kilometer long and 60 metres high, is a highlight of the Iron Horse Trail. It is accessible from Cold Lake via three km of the multi-use Trail. Or you can drive to the west end by turning north off Highway 28 at the Y Road and parking at the trail access point. The 300 km Iron Horse Trail connects many of the area’s natural gems and tourist attractions. ATVers use the Iron Horse Trail to access countless kilometres of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region’s rugged terrain.

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SunDog Tour Co.

Jasper, Alberta
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Providing memorable sightseeing, activity and transportation services. From daily sightseeing excursions, to group tours, to airport shuttles, to coach touring and conference services, our staff of holiday planners specialise in making your time in the mountains unforgettable.

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Hinton Rafting & Adventures Ltd.

Hinton, Alberta
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Welcome to HRA. We are a fully guided tour company providing daily raft trips on the Historic Athabasca River for everyone from toddlers to seniors. You start and finish your adventure at High Calibre Sports in Hinton, AB. Tours are 3 hours total duration with 2 hours on the water. This river is one of Canada's heritage passageways and has some of the best scenic viewpoints in the area. Our tours include all transportation and safety gear. Book your tour today 780 223-TOUR!

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Pie Cruise

Waterton Park, Alberta
2018-05-26 To 2018-05-26 MST

The only thing better than a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States in Waterton Lakes National Park is experiencing while enjoying a slice of pie - or two. Local vendors will supply the pies that you can linger over while cruising by majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls and snowy mountain peaks. Don't forget your camera because the tour boat makes stops along the way, which can include the chance to see wildlife.

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DV100 Race or Ride

Drayton Valley, Alberta
2018-09-08 To 2018-09-08 MST

Sept. 8, 2018- DV100 Race or Ride is a cycling race/ride through breath taking West Central, Alberta. Participants can register for 40km, 100km, 160km, team event or the corporate challenge. The race begins at the Drayton Valley Omniplex, Alberta and heads west where riders view mountainous vistas, dense forests and historic oil boom communities. There is $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. This race/ride is for everyone from beginner cyclists to olympians. The DV100 is an annual fundraiser for the Drayton Valley Community Foundation. After you finish your ride you can enjoy the shower amenities, a massage, the near by museum, parks, walking and hiking trails.Then you can finish the night off wth the DV100 after party with mouth watering food and live music. Tickets must be pre-purchased.

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-02 MST

The Bison Festival celebrates and cultivates an appreciation of all things bison at Elk Island National Park.With the world’s oldest national parks system, Canada has a long history of being committed to conservation. Elk Island is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today.Join us with family and friends to commemorate this success story through the themes of conservation and culture and discover the importance of bison to the heart of Canada.

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