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Wildlife Viewing Nature & Wildlife

Alberta’s five national parks and more than 250 provincial parks protect nearly 600 species of wildlife. On any given road trip or hike – even a stroll through a mountain town – expect to see something wild. You might even spy a local all-star: moose, bison, elk, grizzlies and black bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. • Good to know: You’re extra lucky if you spot an elusive wolf, cougar, lynx, bobcat or wolverine. • Pro tip: Golden eagles search for prey in the northern forests and on the prairies. Flocks of trumpeter swans, an at-risk species, can be spotted in spring, especially on water in the Grande Prairie area. 
Wildlife Viewing

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Wildlife photography Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Wildlife viewing in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

It’s a brisk, cloudy morning in February in a remote valley on the eastern edge of Banff National Park. Five modified shipping containers sit on the ground, vibrating. Inside are groups of plains bison—three or four to a container, not quite shoulder to shoulder, 16 animals in all. The bison each have a numbered tag attached to one ear, a special collar around their necks, and lengths of rubber hose duct-taped to their horns to protect one another from accidental gougings.

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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Canada’s deadliest rockslide. 90 Seconds Changed Their Lives. “It took quite a bit of time for us to get it through our heads that everything and everybody beyond that point where the wall of rock began was dead…” What was it like to be in Frank when Turtle Mountain collapsed? Why did it happen? Will it happen again? Visitors can feel the impact of the Frank Slide story in a personal, interactive and creative setting, involving first-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction. On April 29th in 1903, 90 million tons of rock thundered from Turtle Mountain and buried part of a town. Immerse yourself in emotional survivor accounts. Stand on the edge of destruction and marvel at the awesome power of nature or take a walk through the massive boulders and imagine what it must have been like. Discover unforgettable stories told through prop talks, dramatic vignettes, high definition award-winning presentations, guided walks, powerful images, and one-on-one contact with historical guides. Get out into the spectacular Rocky Mountain landscape and discover the unexpected with a guided or self-guided walk on the Frank Slide Trail. Interact with knowledgeable staff one-on-one or as part of an interpretive experience inside or outside the Centre. Immerse yourself in special activities during events that celebrate the area’s unique history and culture. Enjoy two high definition, award-winning presentations in the Centre’s theatre. Take time to explore four exhibit galleries with heart-rending accounts by survivors of the slide, powerful images of the devastation, and touch screen displays to help you dig deep into the history. Look for items in the Frank Slide Gift Shop that are only found here.

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Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

Slave Lake, Alberta

Come out and see these tiny marvels of migration up close at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. Located at a natural funneling area for migratory birds, this station is part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.. See science in action as our researchers learn more about the migratory and breeding birds in the boreal forest. Public Tours and education programs are available by contacting the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

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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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Wolfdog Sanctuary Interactive Tour

A 45-60 minute program where guests will meet two wolfdog packs inside enclosures, getting the chance to interact and learn all about them. Guests will also get the opportunity to view the other animals that also reside at the Sanctuary. Advanced reservations required.

Expires: 2018-09-17
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Evening Wildlife Search

Jasper National Park is well known for its abundant wildlife. This vehicle-based adventure will take you to seasonal locations with the best opportunity to spot various animals such as elk, bear, moose, sheep and deer. Wildlife is spotted on 95% of tours. Available May to Oct.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Wildlife Discovery Tour

With 1000's of hectares of untouched wilderness surrounding our little mountain town, wildlife is something we see a lot of in Jasper!  Join a knowledgeable interpretive guide on a "Wildlife Discovery Tour" and learn all about Jasper's many wild mountain animals.  

Expires: 2018-10-15
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Wilderness Safari Camping

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Guided safari style wilderness camping throughout western Canada with custom 4X4 vehicles and expedition trailers and safari camping gear. Remote wilderness camping in the Rocky Mountains, camping in pristine wilderness areas where clients can go horse back riding, river rafting, hiking mountain trails, fishing or just relaxing by the campfire enjoying the scenery, wildlife and clean mountain air. Overland expedition tours to destinations customized for the clients. Visit historical sites, cultural events, farmers markets and shopping. Camping in the remote Bighorn Wilderness, learn bush craft from local trappers and mountain men. Self Drive camping equipment rentals.

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McMurray Aviation

Fort McMurray, Alberta

McMurray Aviation's aerial tours will give you a bird's eye view of not only the city, but over the Oilsands as well. We have a variety of aircraft that can land on either land or water, making it easy to suit our clients' needs. We also have a regular scheduled flight to Fort Chipewyan.

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Calgary Stampede Train

Calgary, Alberta

Canada Rail Vacations offers a broad assortment of fabulous Canadian vacation packages, all intended to make memories that will last for a lifetime.

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DV100 Race or Ride

Drayton Valley, Alberta
2018-09-08 To 2018-09-08 MST

Sept. 8, 2018- DV100 Race or Ride is a cycling race/ride through breath taking West Central, Alberta. Participants can register for 40km, 100km, 160km, team event or the corporate challenge. The race begins at the Drayton Valley Omniplex, Alberta and heads west where riders view mountainous vistas, dense forests and historic oil boom communities. There is $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. This race/ride is for everyone from beginner cyclists to olympians. The DV100 is an annual fundraiser for the Drayton Valley Community Foundation. After you finish your ride you can enjoy the shower amenities, a massage, the near by museum, parks, walking and hiking trails.Then you can finish the night off wth the DV100 after party with mouth watering food and live music. Tickets must be pre-purchased.

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-02 MST

The Bison Festival celebrates and cultivates an appreciation of all things bison at Elk Island National Park.With the world’s oldest national parks system, Canada has a long history of being committed to conservation. Elk Island is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today.Join us with family and friends to commemorate this success story through the themes of conservation and culture and discover the importance of bison to the heart of Canada.

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Annual Songbird Festival

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-05-26 To 2018-05-26 MST

Come celebrate the spring migration in a Boreal Forest. On Saturday, start off with an early morning birding hike and pancake breakfast. Or enjoy a special tour of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO), nature hikes, workshops, and lots of hands-on children's activities. On Sunday, help support the LSLBO by participating in a run/walk (5km/10km) departing from the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at 10 a.m. A great event for nature lovers of all ages.

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