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Zoos, Nature Centres & Wildlife Parks Attractions & Entertainment

Breakfast with the penguins, anyone? Alberta's zoos, sanctuaries and wildlife parks will happily put the wild back in your life. The Calgary Zoo is western Canada’s largest zoo with an impressive Canadian Wilds exhibit that features grizzly bears, wolves, cougar, moose, bison, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The Edmonton Valley Zoo lets you get close to 350 different creatures in a variety of habitats. You can see animals in central Alberta that have starred in Hollywood movies, injured birds being cared for at Canada’s largest birds of prey facility in southern Alberta and songbirds being banded at Canada’s most northerly bird observatory.

Must-do birding destinations in the Peace River Region

Anne Vos Peace River Frontier Tours

Maybe you're not a serious birder, but you can still enjoy the thrill of rare and not-so rare bird sightings in Alberta's north. All four of the major North American flyways (bird migration routes) converge on the northern boreal forest.

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When the weather is wintry, there are many interesting activities to choose in the Slave Lake Region during the cold months - even if you don't have your own ice fishing shack or your own snowshoes!

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Bow Habitat Station

Calgary, Alberta
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Discover Alberta’s fish, wildlife and aquatic ecosystems at Bow Habitat Station. Whether you’re a small fry or over the gill, there’s year-round fun for the whole family. Look into the eyes of a variety of Alberta fish species in our Discovery Centre aquariums; feed thousands of trout on a tour of our Fish Hatchery; test your luck fishing in our Trout Pond (May 15-Oct 31); or take a stroll along the trails of our Interpretive Wetland. The experience will leave you hooked!

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Horse Sense Training & Petting Zoo

St. Albert, Alberta

We are open on weekends for the petting zoo at ranch location. Our petting zoos are mobile and attend events all over Alberta.Come feed, pet, brush and learn about all sorts of animals: Emus, exotic chickens, horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep, parrots, hedgehogs, llamas, alpacas, geese, chinchillas, ferrets, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks and more-250+ animals! Book a trail ride with our quiet friendly horses, and there are pony rides for children. Services at heated indoor facility year round: Riding Lessons, Birthday Parties, Lease a Lesson Horse, Therapeutic Riding, Horse and Cinderella Carriage service, Summer Camps.

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Pakowki Lake Bird Sanctuary

Etzikom, Alberta

The lake is 25 km east-southeast of the town of Foremost. Road access surrounds the lake but actual access to the shore is mostly not possible. This large lake is an intermittent freshwater lake and sand dune-wetland complex. There are extensive bulrush marshes and areas of open water. Pakowki Lake is significant for great congregations of waterfowl and shorebirds.

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West Country Tour

Our handcrafted west country tour is a selection of our favourite hard to find things in the spectacular foothills of Alberta. On this tour you will walk with Wolfdogs, visit a saloon, see wild horses and taste a selection of honey mead. Pick up and drop off in Banff.

Expires: 2017-10-08
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Early Morning Land of Lemurs Access

Skip the line, learning more about lemurs and have a special led tour! Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Tickets include early access and admission to the zoo. Senior (60+) $27.55, Child (3-15) $20.35. Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.

Expires: 2017-09-03
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Family Admission at Edmonton Valley Zoo

Enjoy a summer family admission rate at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. All members of the same household related by birth, legal status or marriage up to a maximum of seven people

Expires: 2017-10-10
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Animal Mythbusters!

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-08-27 To 2017-08-27 MST

Let your inner monkey loose at the Zoo! See the monkeys get a special treat, create a monkey craft, get a monkey airbrush tattoo and play some monkey games. Have fun learning all about our little hairy friends and other primates living at the zoo!

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Wine & Wildlife - Caribou

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-11-17 To 2017-11-17 MST

Caribou are iconic Canadian animals, but are at risk from human landuse throughout the country. Enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers as you join Dr. Stan Boutin from the University of Alberta and learn about the latest research into how best to preserve Alberta's caribou in these challenging times.

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Halloween Paint Night

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-10-14 To 2017-10-14 MST

Find Halloween-themed inspiration through the animals around you while you cast a creative spell through a paint brush! Guided by an instructor, enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers as you create your own animal-themed acrylic painting to take home with you. And of course, “Get Closer” to some of the spook-tacular creatures! Registration now open!

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