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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.

A Family Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Dawn Nicholson Blogger

A family's view of their trip down the Kananaskis River with Chinook Rafting. 'We paddled hard, we got really wet, we splashed other boats, we laughed a lot and in the process created memories that we will have forever'.

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Attractions

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The Danish Canadian Museum

Spruce View, Alberta
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The Danish Canadian Museum invites you to explore the rich history of Danish settlers in Canada, a saga that began over 1000 years ago. Constructed in 1933, the Verbena Dormitory served as a boarding house for local high school girls from pioneer farm families in the area. It now boasts over 5000 artifacts, thirteen acres of green space, and traditional Danish delicacies at the Saga Café. Visitors of the museum will enjoy a unique experience as they explore our exhibits showcased both indoors and around the gardens. Early Danish Canadian life truly comes alive at the bow of the Freydis Joanna Viking Ship, the doorstep of the Thomsen Pioneer Cabin, and the exquisite flowerbeds that pay tribute to the agricultural triumphs of early settlers. Our goal is to inspire, engage, and educate the public about the history of Danes living in Canada. The Danish Canadian Museum serves as a cultural center to display and celebrate the story of Danish Canadians both past and present. Step into the saga, and experience history.These are exciting times for the Museum as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary and winning the 2017 Wynn McLean Growing Rural Tourism Champion Award and 2016 Heritage Recognition Award for new developments including an authentic Naust ‘Ship House’ and Freydis Joanna ‘Viking Ship’. Come see our newest exhibit Nielsen CPR House, part of ‘Ready-Made Farm’ packages by Canadian Pacific Railway that historically enticed newcomers to the area in the early 1900s. The Museum is in rural Red Deer County (Dickson) southwest of Red Deer, approximately 45 minutes. The area has become a major tourist destination with numerous summer villages throughout the area. The landscape is picturesque with rolling hills, farmland and a view of the Rock Mountains. The Museum is a major attraction along the Scandinavian Trail and boasts 5000 artifacts and 14 acres of land with Danish gardens, walking trails, small Danish church, small man made lake highlighted by mermaid stature, children's garden of imagination, authentic Viking ship (built in Roskilde, Denmark) and Naust boathouse, Verbena dormitory, historic cabins, Safe Café and Gift Shop, and much more. The summer season hosts several Danish cultural events such as Aebleskiver Days and Viking Days.

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Hang Glide Alberta

Innisfail, Alberta

Tandem Discovery Flights let you enjoy the gift of free flight next to one of our certified hang gliding instructors. Located right between Calgary and Edmonton, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the majestic rocky mountains to the west, and the endless Alberta prairies to the east. There is no other sport that gets you closer to soaring like an eagle. The local Red tail hawks that nest nearby love to fly with us too! Book a brisk morning flight, or an evening flight to witness the sun set over the Rockies as we soar effortlessly back to earth!

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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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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Spirit Island Boat Cruise

Travel through the incredibly scenic Maligne Valley while searching for the abundant wildlife. You’ll go on a short walk to see stunning waterfall vistas at Maligne Canyon and stop for photos at Medicine Lake before embarking on a 90 minute boat cruise to the world-famous Spirit Island at Maligne Lake.

Expires: 2017-10-08
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Deluxe Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

Enjoy a scenic drive down the Bow Valley Parkway before a BBQ dinner at Baker Creek Mountain Chalets. Afterwards, we'll see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake at the quietest time of day, bathed in the evening glow.

Expires: 2017-09-29
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Wolfdog Sanctuary Interactive Tour

A 45-60 minute program where guests will meet two of our 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: 2017-09-13
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Tours

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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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Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures

Okotoks, Alberta
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Enjoy the vistas and views of Calgary and the surrounding areas by taking a guided tour on a sidecar motorcycle. Come experience the incredible landscapes of the Alberta Foothills and the Rocky Mountains. Design your own guided adventure through spectacular scenery on an unforgettable sidecar motorcycle! Experienced drivers, fully insured and offering guided tours in English, French, Swiss, German, and Japanese. Our drivers are able to share information about the history of the Foothills, as well as ensure your tour is safe, fun, and memorable.

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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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Events

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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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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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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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