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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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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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Helen Schuler Nature Centre

Lethbridge, Alberta
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The Helen Schuler Nature Centre offers people a chance to experience nature first-hand. Open year-round the Centre is a unique urban escape within minutes of downtown Lethbridge! We offer interactive exhibits and a wide variety of public programs for people of all ages.

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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre

Coaldale, Alberta
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Canada's largest birds of prey facility is an interactive facility situated on a 70-acre wetland area near Coaldale that focuses on hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta.

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Edmonton Attractions Pass

Take advantage of Edmonton's attractions with a U-Pick Pass. The Edmonton Attractions Pass gives you access to any 4 out of 15 of the region's most visited attractions for one low price. Or, choose to upgrade to the Ultimate Pass for admission to all 15 attractions.

Expires: 2017-06-06
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Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour

A jewel-like lake nestled between sky-scraping peaks – Lake Louise will make you stop in your tracks in awe. Take a fun, informative tour of the Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise, and the spectacular Valley of the Ten Peaks.

Expires: 2017-09-29
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Tours

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Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
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The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is a non-profit organization celebrating 93 years of taking people from all over the world into the back country of Canada's majestic mountain National Parks. Their four, five and six-day rides include spectacular scenery, sure-footed mountain horses, great food, comfortable tent and teepee accommodations, hot showers, professional guides and live entertainment. Previous riders have said that it will be, the best vacation of your life! Join us in Waterton Lakes National Park, a world UNESCO site. All inclusive; for beginners and advanced riders. Many guests return year after year...

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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a Banff based, locally operated business offering custom designed tours, workshops and seminars in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We are knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about developing your photography skills and enjoyment of our amazing scenery in this world-class travel photography destination. We are passionate about the wider photography community and actively engage in educational, environmental and wildlife events and projects, both independently and through partnerships. Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures is a proud sponsor of the iconic Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

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Horse Trekking Adventures

Fairview, Alberta

We take you on an adventure that involves horses in some way. In the summer time we enjoy trail rides at our family ranch we also can go into the rocky mountains. In winter time we wrap up warm and go sleigh riding. We offer more than a trail ride!

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Wild mountain rafting weekend

Hinton, Alberta
2017-07-14 To 2017-07-16 MST

July 14th -16th. Make your Wild Mountain Music Festival weekend extra exciting and memorable with a rafting adventure!! Come and enjoy a relaxing float down the Athabasca River with Hinton Rafting Adventures. This tour is a great way to see the Hinton area while you’re on your visiting for the music festival. Call to book your tour.

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Discovery Wildlife Park's Zoofest

Innisfail, Alberta
2017-08-05 To 2017-08-05 MST

Plan for a full day of fun for the whole family at Discovery Wildlife Park's Zoofest. Join us for free facepainting bounce rides toonie deals on hot dogs and cotton candy. There will also be great animal experiences for you to enjoy throughout the day. Zoofest is open to everyone and all special events are included with your regular admission.

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-08-19 To 2017-08-20 MST

Bison were nearly lost from North America! By the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to the Elk Island National Park began to slowly rebuild their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park! We think that's something to celebrate! Join us for this sensory festival celebrating all things bison, from conservation, to culture, to cuisine!

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