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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.

Riding with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Jeanne Barsanti Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Six days in the saddle with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies turned out to be a dream vacation for Jeanne Barsanti from Georgia U.S.A. Joined by five friends, she ventured out to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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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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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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Discovery Wildlife Park

Innisfail, Alberta
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For over 25 years, DWP has provided "forever" homes for orphaned or unwanted wildlife. Animals that are not releasable have, historically been euthanized - DWP gives them a second chance at life by allowing them to live out their lives comfortably. Daily animal presentations allow us to educate our visitors on conservation issues and the challenges that are face by wildlife everyday. We also provide awareness of what we can do to help alleviate these stresses. Our visitors love the opportunity to have face-to-face encounters with our resident animals! An opportunity not to be missed!

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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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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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Mountains, Lake & Glaciers

Beautiful mountains, canyons and rivers await on the VIA Rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper. Search for wildlife in Jasper National Park and travel down the spectacular Icefields Parkway, enjoying stops at Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls and Crowfoot Glacier, before exploring the picturesque towns of Lake Louise and Banff.

Offered By: Adventure World

Expires: 2017-08-01
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Chinook Rafting

Banff, Alberta
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Chinook Rafting offers whitewater adventures in the Canadian Rockies, from mild to wild and for all experience levels. Equipment and instruction provided by professional guides who share their knowledge, local stories, skills and enthusiasm to make this one of life's greatest experiences. Choose your trip: Kananaskis River, Horseshoe Canyon, or Kicking Horse River. Season runs from mid-May to mid-September.

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Mountain View Helicopters

Calgary, Alberta
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Mountain View Helicopters, will take you on a sky-high trip full of mountain vistas, city skylines and rolling prairie – whatever strikes you. Their four-seat R44 Raven II helicopter ensures everyone has a good view, so there's no jostling for a window seat. Offering charters and champagne and discovery flights.

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Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting

Jasper, Alberta
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Jasper is home to Canada’s first commercial rafting company – Jasper’s Whitewater Rafting! We’ve been setting the standard for safety and fun since 1971. Raft the rivers we pioneered and allow us to share the knowledge that comes from playing on the rivers for over 40 years.

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