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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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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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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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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.

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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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Rocky Mountain River Guides

Jasper, Alberta
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Specializing in adventure rafting from mild to wild with an emphasis on wild! Join our experienced guides on the wildest rivers in Jasper National Park and see for yourself why we are Jasper’s favourite rafting company.

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Kananaskis Outfitters

Kananaskis, Alberta
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Kananaskis Outfitters, is the leading tour operator and sports equipment rental facility in beautiful Kananaskis. We offer a wide variety of services for families and groups, including Voyageur canoe experiences, introduction to hiking trips, SUP lessons, snowshoe fondue tours, Nordic ski lessons, stargazing experiences, and so much more. We also operate a year round rental shop. Rental items include: mountain bikes, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, snowshoes, cross country skis and ice skates.

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