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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.

Must-do birding destinations in the Peace River Region

Anne Vos Peace River Frontier Tours

Maybe you're not a serious birder, but you can still enjoy the thrill of rare and not-so rare bird sightings in Alberta's north. All four of the major North American flyways (bird migration routes) converge on the northern boreal forest.

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Beaver River Trestle

Cold Lake, Alberta

Look down. Way down. The Beaver River Trestle, at one kilometer long and 60 metres high, is a highlight of the Iron Horse Trail. It is accessible from Cold Lake via three km of the multi-use Trail. Or you can drive to the west end by turning north off Highway 28 at the Y Road and parking at the trail access point. The 300 km Iron Horse Trail connects many of the area’s natural gems and tourist attractions. ATVers use the Iron Horse Trail to access countless kilometres of backcountry trails and cutlines that weave through the region’s rugged terrain.

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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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Banff Gondola

Banff, Alberta
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Journey to the top of the Banff Gondola to see a whole new side of Sulphur Mountain and the Canadian Rockies. We’ve completely rebuilt, redesigned and re-imagined our mountaintop experience, creating a world-class indoor experience that equals the awe-inspiring ridge top boardwalk 2900 ft. above Banff. From new restaurants and interactive exhibits to a multisensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the all-new Banff Gondola experience heightens every sense.

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Birds of Prey Get-a-Way

Explore the Alberta Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale - a short, 20-minute drive from the hotel in Taber. The package includes overnight accommodation, hot breakfast, admission to Alberta Birds of Prey Centre, and a $25 gas card.

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Canyons, Lakes and Wildlife Deal

Rugged beauty and wildlife in its natural element go hand in hand on his inspiring tour combination – Maligne Valley Adventure and Jasper Wildlife Tour.

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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Build a connection to a World Heritage Site on this trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. See and learn about wildlife behaviour habitat and their winter survival adaptations.

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Sun Dog Tours

Jasper, Alberta
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If roaring waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks are on your list of things to experience, then a sightseeing tour with Sun Dog is a must! Our sightseeing tours take guests to the most exceptional locations for photos, wildlife viewing, and nature walks! Learn about the fascinating natural and human history of Jasper and Banff national parks in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the comfort of a Sun Dog sightseeing tour in the majestic Canadian Rockies.

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Mountain View Helicopters

Calgary, Alberta
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Mountain View Helicopters, will take you on a sky-high trip full of mountain vistas, city skylines and rolling prairie - whatever strikes you. Their four-seat R44 Raven II helicopter ensures everyone has a good view, so there's no jostling for a window seat. Offering scenic tours and discovery flights. Seasonal Base at the Horseshoe Canyon near Drumheller, AB operates from Mid-June to Labour Day. Springbank base operates year-round.

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White Mountain Adventures - Nature and Wildlife Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Banff National Park and its surrounding environment. Choose from an active discovery tour of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with short guided hikes showcasing the best of the Canadian Rockies, a gondola ride, and a picnic lunch. Or, experience the crisp alpine air, rich views and opportunities to spot wildlife in the provincially-protected Kananaskis Country, a mountain area similar in size to Banff but wilder and less travelled.

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Canada 150 heritage rafting

Hinton, Alberta
2017-07-01 To 2017-07-03 MST

June 30th - July 2nd. It's Canada’s 150th and Hinton Rafting is celebrating in on the river!! We are offering Canada Day tours for the long weekend and you'll want to celebrate Canada’s 150th with us. Call to book!

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Waterton-Glacier Butterfly BioBlitz

Waterton, Alberta
2017-07-11 To 2017-07-11 MST

Come be a lepidopterist for a day or two! Join butterfly experts and Parks Canada staff to catch and identify butterflies. Volunteer in one or both national parks, and help experts document and learn about the butterflies in this UNESCO World Heritage site. No experience necessary – just a willingness to learn about and catch butterflies. Registration is required to participate in both events because space is limited. Be prepared for a full day outside. Bring water and clothing for changeable weather. If you have them, bring a camera, butterfly net and field guides. Volunteer duties: Carpool to counting locations within Waterton Lakes National Park during the morning and for those who can stay, in the Waterton Park Front (outside the park) for the afternoon. Run and catch butterflies, unharmed, with nets. Bring butterflies in the net, to count leaders for identification and then, under direction of count leaders, release them unharmed. Visit the website for more information.

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Schools out rafting weekend

Hinton, Alberta
2017-06-24 To 2017-06-25 MST

June 24th and 25th Schools out for summer! Hinton Rafting is here to make the end of the school year a memorable one! Book an adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime. With the local wildlife and beautiful weather this trip will be one of your kid’s favorite new summer activities. Call us now to book your tour!

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