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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. 
Wildlife Viewing

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Kananaskis Country | Collen Gara

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Calgary Zoo

Calgary, Alberta
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The Calgary Zoo is operated by the Calgary Zoological Society, an independent not-for-profit organization that is Alberta’s oldest registered charity and is internationally recognized as one of the top zoos in the world for conservation research. It is home to almost 800 animals, excluding individual fish and insects, and 130 different species. The 120-acre zoo is organized by distinct zones: Destination Africa, Canadian Wilds, Penguin Plunge, Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens and ENMAX Conservatory, Eurasia, and Prehistoric Park. The zoo averages 1.3 million visitors each year and is open to the public every day except for Christmas Day.

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Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

Slave Lake, Alberta

Come out and see these tiny marvels of migration up close at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. Located at a natural funneling area for migratory birds, this station is part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.. See science in action as their researchers learn more about the migratory and breeding birds in the boreal forest. Public Tours and education programs are available by contacting the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre

Coaldale, Alberta
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Canada's largest birds of prey facility is an interactive facility situated on a 70-acre wetland area near Coaldale that focuses on hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta.

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Tours

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalises our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of our amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. We are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

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Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures

Athabasca, Alberta

The 4-day, 3-night tours are one of Alberta's most unique wilderness adventures. Experience nature and wildlife, incredible scenery, and history, as you travel by boat through over 200km of untouched wilderness to reach a backcountry lodge. While comfort camping in cozy log cabins, guests can enjoy a number of wilderness activities including canoeing, wildlife viewing, boating, swimming, hiking, nature walks and dark sky viewing, all while staying deep in the heart of the Great Northern Boreal Forest. Discover the incredible power, awe, and splendor of the natural attractions that form the Class VI Grand Rapids. Other customizable discovery tours available, ranging from multi-night fishing adventures to paddle trips to local day trips.

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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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