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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. 

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Kananaskis Country | Collen Gara

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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Discovery Wildlife Park

Innisfail, Alberta
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For over 25 years, DWP 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 us to educate our visitors on conservation issues and the challenges that are face by wildlife every day. We also provide awareness of what we can do to help alleviate these stresses. Our visitors love the opportunity to have face-to-face encounters with our resident animals! An opportunity not to be missed! New this year is our 65 stall campground with 30 and 50 amp power. Washrooms, showers and even a stocked trout pond for your fishing pleasure! Book an evening animal encounter with our big cats, bears or a walk with the wolves. Camping packages are available or you can build your own with a camping site, propane fire pit, admission to the Park, evening encounters, and much more! Check our website at for more information and to reserve a spot for your summer getaway.

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Calgary Zoo

Calgary, Alberta
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Experience over 900 animals, representing more than 120 species from five continents. You’ll love knowing that every visit helps protect endangered animals both at the zoo and in the wild. The 120-acre zoo is organized by distinct zones: Canadian Wilds, Destination Africa, Land of Lemurs, Penguin Plunge, Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens and ENMAX Conservatory (including the butterfly garden), 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. 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.

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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Located in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the Lake Louise Ski Resort has a legendary 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain, and famous friendly hospitality, that speaks for itself. The unique layout with beginner, intermediate and expert runs from every chair allows families and groups of varying abilities to share the experience together. There are endless chutes, glades and gullies, gentle slopes, cruising runs, remote bowls and some of the most challenging terrain in the Rockies. Renowned dining options included a sushi restaurant a gourmet meals. Non-ski activities include the Winter Sightseeing Gondola, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and events.

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Best of Alberta Guided Motorcycle Tour

A knowledgeable guide will take you through Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains including the Highwood Pass, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, and the Canadian Badlands. Offer includes late model Harley Davidson motorcycle and helmet rental, hotels, and support vehicle with spare motorcycle.

Expires: 2018-03-26
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Safari Sunday Brunch Combo

Join us each Sunday for a unique Calgary brunch experience. Brunch is held in the heart of Destination Africa. You can enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods. Combo rates include admission & brunch before 12 p.m. Senior (60+) $35.50, Child (3 - 15) $21, Infant (Under 3) Free.

Expires: 2017-11-12
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Banff Tour and Gondola

This combination package includes a wildlife tour and admission to the gondola. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep on this morning tour of the highlights of Banff National Park, followed by an ascent of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola.

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Wild Current Outfitters Guided Canoe

Jasper, Alberta
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The Pyramid Lake Canoe Adventure is an excellent way to start or finish your day in Jasper National Park. Wild Current specializes in small group, unique canoe adventures in a hand crafted canoe for couples, friends and families. Our guests often tell us they are blown away by the numerous snow-capped peaks that surround them, and the chance to see wildlife that call the area home. Private and custom tours are available. Canoe rentals and outfitting available for any lake in Jasper National Park. Multi day trips available on Maligne Lake and Snake Indian River.

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Walks & Talks Jasper

Jasper, Alberta
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Join lifetime Jasper resident Paula Beauchamp on an informative guided adventure. Why not explore Jasper National Park with a professional level qualified guide who is passionate about Jasper's awesome trails? You can enjoy more of Jasper's nature, waterfalls, canyons, glaciers, lakes and mountain scenery with longer walks. All trips use 7- or 11-passenger vans. Summer adventures: Join Paula as she will drive her van to Mt. Edith Cavell as she has Parks Canada required permit to access the road. Winter snowshoe adventures: Join Paula as she walks the rim of Maligne Canyon to view frozen waterfalls while learning the mystery of the Maligne Valley. Then an adventure snowshoeing on disappearing Medicine Lake. Enjoy Jasper's awesome mountain views while using modern 2017 snowshoes with Paula as your guide.

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Wild Blue Yonder Rafting

Grande Cache, Alberta
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If you love whitewater rafting as much as we do, or you're looking to give it a try, join us on one of our half day, full day or overnight trips and test your paddling skills on our beginner, intermediate or advanced rivers! If it's not just rafting you're after we also offer paintball and a bunch of other awesome, local outdoor activities perfect for groups of all sizes. You can find us at our Wild Blue Yonder Rafting House in Grande Cache, a quaint little town wedged into the beautiful Northern Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

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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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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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