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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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Edmonton Valley Zoo

Edmonton, Alberta
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Nestled in Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, in the heart of the sweeping Edmonton River Valley, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is home to more than 350 animals. Bring along the kids for a chance to see the endangered peregrine falcon, native prairie dogs, a zebra, fox, and bighorn sheep. Bird lovers can catch the snowy owl, bald eagle, and great-horned owl. Hoot twice if you love owls. Check out the new Polar Extremes exhibit that gives visitors an up-close view of seals, sea lions and arctic foxes. Roving interpreters offer daily demonstrations, programs and talks. Gather the family, and head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo for a a day of learning and fun.

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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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Discovery Wildlife Park

Innisfail, Alberta
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For over 28 years, Discovery Wildlife Park has provided "forever" homes for orphaned or unwanted wildlife. Animals that are not releasable have, historically been euthanized - DWP gives them a second chance at life by allowing them to live out their lives comfortably. Daily animal presentations allow them to educate their visitors on conservation issues and the challenges that are faced by wildlife every day. They also provide awareness of what everyone can do to help alleviate these stresses. Visitors love the opportunity to have face-to-face encounters with resident animals! An opportunity not to be missed! Also on site is a 63 stall campground with 30 and 50 amp power. Washrooms, showers and even a stocked trout pond for campers' fishing pleasure! Book an evening animal encounter with big cats, bears or a walk with the wolves. Camping packages are " build your own" with a camping site, propane fire pit, admission to the Park, evening encounters, and much more! New this year are cabin and RV rentals for visitors who wish to camp, but don't have a trailer or tent of their own. Visitors may also have their photo taken with our Bears or our Beaver - a great way to remember their visit to the Park!

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Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour

The Winter Wildlife Discovery tour has knowledgeable guides who are trained to seek out all of Jasper’s most iconic creatures. Elk, deer, sheep, goats, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper’s wild mountain fauna.

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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 on the Sanctuary Walk. Advanced reservations required.

Expires: 2018-11-30
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Icewalk Winter Wildlife Adventure

Join experienced local guides in exploring the magnificent surroundings of Jasper, seeking out creatures large and small as well as taking in stunning frozen waterfalls, walking along a frozen river bed, 300 feet below the earth's surface.

Expires: 2019-03-31
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White Mountain Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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You'll find some of the best year-round adventures in the world right here in the Canadian Rockies. Incredible summer hiking and walking, amazing winter ice walks, wildlife watching, and snowshoeing adventures. Take the time to experience them with your own exclusive guide. You choose the date, time, trip length and go at your own pace. Our expert guides and naturalists will make your outing the unique adventure you are looking for.

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Fall in the Canadian Rockies Photo Tour

Banff, Alberta

The Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful photography destinations and the late summer/early autumn is a precious time of year. This 8 day (7 night) tour focuses on the Canadian Rockies incredible landscapes, stunning waterfalls, marvellous canyons and colossal glaciers. Join award winning blogger Marta Kulesza and award winning photographer Jack Bolshaw on their 8 day photography tour around the Canadian Rockies. The 8 day (7 night) photography tour will be focused on 3 major destinations. Canmore, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. The 10 available spots are open to all levels of photographers.

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours specializes in personalized, small-group tours and activities in winter and summer in Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Operating since 1998, they have grown over the years but their goal remains the same: helping travelers get a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience while visiting Banff. Daily tours include sightseeing trips, wildlife tours, glacier adventures, icewalks and snowshoe adventures which can be experienced on a group tour, or personalized on a private sightseeing experience. Discover Banff Tours use only 24-seater mini-buses and comfortable sprinter vans for their tours, ensuring that they stick to small group sizes to give guests a far more personal experience and better opportunity to chat with their friendly, local and professionally trained guides. Their luxurious in-house fleet of vehicles ensures that you travel in comfort and style - with large viewing windows to enjoy the amazing mountain scenery.

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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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