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Wildlife Viewing Nature & Wildlife

Alberta is teeming with wildlife. Five national parks and more than 250 provincial parks and easily accessible natural areas protect almost 600 species. Watch for Alberta's all-stars: moose, bison, elk, grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. You may even spot the elusive wolf, cougar, wolverine, lynx or bobcat. And for all you birders, Alberta is the only place in North America where prairie, boreal forest and mountain ecosystems coexist, providing a home to hundreds of species. Intersecting migratory flight paths make spring and fall birdwatching heaven on earth. Watch for flocks of golden eagles in autumn and trumpeter swans in spring.

A Family Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Dawn Nicholson Blogger

A family's view of their trip down the Kananaskis River with Chinook Rafting. 'We paddled hard, we got really wet, we splashed other boats, we laughed a lot and in the process created memories that we will have forever'.

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Plenty of Oscar worthy feature films have been shot in Alberta. Put yourself in the scene on a self-guided road trip to some of the most famous locations

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre presents the history of one of Canada's deadliest rock slides. In the early morning hours back in 1903, millions of tons of limestone crashed from the summit of Turtle Mountain and buried a portion of the community of Frank, a once-bustling coal mining town. Through state-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits, along with winding trails through the rocks themselves, visitors can get an up-close look at the awesome power of nature.

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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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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Cochrane, Alberta
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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is dedicated to providing educational programs on responsible wolfdog ownership and the importance of preserving wild wolves in their natural environment. We are also dedicated the rescue and safe sanctuary of wolfdogs and welcome visitors to come and see our beautiful wolfdogs and learn all about them.

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Best of the Rockies

Travel from Calgary to Jasper (or reverse) through the rugged splendor and majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, keep a look out for wildlife, and appreciate the natural beauty of the glacier-fed lakes.

Expires: 2017-10-12
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Authentic West

Explore the charming mountain village of Jasper, visit the amazing Icefields Parkway and discover the astounding wilderness on the shores of Lac Le Jeune. This self-drive adventure is a perfect taste of Canada's Old West!

Expires: 2017-10-04
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Gems of The Rockies

Take in the best of the Rockies and BC's interior on this discovery style journey, including a sightseeing tour of Banff, an exploration of the Athabasca Glacier, a full day tour between Jasper and Lake Louise, and an overnight journey on board VIA Rail.

Expires: 2017-10-08
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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
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The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is a non-profit organization celebrating 94 years of taking people from all over the world into the back country of Canada's majestic mountain National Parks. Their four, five and six-day rides include spectacular scenery, sure-footed mountain horses, great food, comfortable tent and teepee accommodations, hot showers, professional guides and live entertainment. Previous riders have said that it will be, the best vacation of your life. Join us in Waterton Lakes National Park, a world UNESCO site. All inclusive; for beginners and advanced riders. Many guests return year after year.

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Jasper Raft Tours

Jasper, Alberta
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Join the fun and experience an easy rafting/scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the fur traders over two centuries ago. Our guides do all the rowing so that you can simply relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We invite you to share our love of whitewater, wilderness and friendship. Our rafting trips are a great adventure for the entire family!

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Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise Co. Ltd.

Waterton, Alberta
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Enjoy a scenic cruise on Waterton Lake and cross the International border into Glacier National Park, Montana. View spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, unusual geological formations and wildlife, while listening to professional, entertaining and educational commentary. Includes a half-hour stop at Goat Haunt, Montana (June through to mid-September). Shuttles to Crypt Lake trailhead are also available.

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