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Nature & Wildlife

Alberta and Mother Nature share a wild streak. And we aim to keep it that way. Hundreds of species call Alberta home – 587 to be exact. Watch for Alberta’s all-stars: moose, grizzly and black bears, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, lynx, coyotes, wolves and wolverines. Protecting and conserving all wildlife and their habitats is important to Albertans. We have designated approximately 8.2 million hectares as protected areas. This includes five national parks, hundreds of provincial parks and recreation areas, wildlands and migratory bird sanctuaries. Our wild spaces gives us the chance to look deep into nature and see something marvellous.

Wildlife Viewing

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Northern Lights Dark Skies Jasper

Jasper National Park | Ryan Bray

Ice Walking

Columbia Icefields | Mike Seehagel

Attractions

Brewster Sightseeing Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Since 1892, Brewster Sightseeing has been sharing the best of the Canadian Rockies. With an entirely new fleet of motorcoaches featuring large viewing windows and luxury seating, Brewster Sightseeing has excelled for over 125 years in offering tours for everyone. Professional and knowledgeable driver guides, exclusive on-board tour hosts, convenient pick up and drop off locations in Banff, sightseeing with Brewster an experience that is simply natural.

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Columbia Icefield

Jasper, Alberta
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The Columbia Icefield is the largest icefield in the Canadian Rockies, covering some 230 sq km (89 sq mi) to a depth of 365 m (1,200 ft) and some 28 km (17 mi) long. Draped over the continental divide on a high alpine plateau along the Alberta-BC border, it receives an average of 7 m (23 ft) of new snowfall per year. Not all of that snow can melt in the short summers so it accumulates, turning to ice which flows outward through the surrounding passes, creating fingers of ice known as glaciers, the Athabasca Glacier being the most well-known.

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West Adventures

Langley, British Columbia

West Adventures invites you to immerse yourself in the Outdoors without all the work. We take care of your planning, accommodations, transportation, supplies, camp cooking and more. Experience the perfect balance of adventures and comforts, planned activities and free time. We provide the best value, most inclusive, small group experience available! We are from the West and have ourselves experienced all our own tours and know they cover all the most important spots and activities western Canada has to offer. We get you beyond the Highways! From June through September we offer guided inclusive tours. You can join another group or ask us about private customized tours as well.

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Aster Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta

We are a small tour company offering guided hiking, backpacking, climbing and backcountry skiing adventures in the Canadian Rockies. Contact us to arrange a tour customized to your preferences. We also offer scheduled interpretive hikes on 'Glaciers and Climate Change'. These hikes are offered at two locations - Wilcox Pass, near the Columbia Icefields and the Iceline Trail. Learn all about how glaciers have shaped our landscape in the past and at present, and what the future holds for glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

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Athabasca Glacier

Jasper, Alberta
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Part of the colossal Columbia Icefield that bestrides the continental divide in Banff and Jasper national parks, the Athabasca Glacier is the most visited in North America. It is easily visible from the Icefields Parkway, about 100 km (62 mi) south of the town of Jasper. The glacier has receded in the past 125 years but still covers an area of approximately 6 sq km (2.3 sq mi) and at its thickest, measures 300 m (980 ft). Guided tours take visitors right up onto the glacier.

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Banff Alpine Guides

Banff, Alberta

Guided rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, ski touring in Banff and the surrounding areas. Banff Alpine Guides also offers avalanche courses and climbing instruction. All of the guides and instructors are certified under the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and/or the International Federation of Mountain Guides.

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