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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

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

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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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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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Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

Slave Lake, Alberta

Come out and see these tiny marvels of migration up close at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. Located at a natural funneling area for migratory birds, this station is part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.. See science in action as our researchers learn more about the migratory and breeding birds in the boreal forest. Public Tours and education programs are available by contacting the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

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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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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Spirit Island Boat Cruise

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

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Maligne Valley Sightseeing

This tour includes a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk, a stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. Here you have the option of a guide cruise to the world famous "Spirit Island" or a gentle guided walk with your SunDog guide.

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Tours

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Highlight Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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Take an adventure tour that highlights the unique cultural and natural charm of Alberta’s best kept secrets. Handcrafted tours are a selection of hard-to-find things in the spectacular backcountry foothills of Alberta. Tours are run in small, personal groups, so no need to fight crowds for great photos. Oh, and all the little things like tax, meals, snacks and admission are included to make it nice and easy. Walk in a wolf dog sanctuary, lunch in an early 20th century saloon set within a living historic village, taste a selection of honey mead, take a wagon ride through the woods in search of wild horses while visiting a wild horse sanctuary, and roam the backroads in search of wildlife.

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Jasper Adventure Centre

Jasper, Alberta
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Your Adventure has begun! You have found Jasper National Park, famous for its wildlife and scenery. Located in Western Canada, Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, is nestled between Mt. Robson (the tallest peak in Canada) and Banff National Park.

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Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise Co. Ltd.

Waterton, Alberta
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Join us for a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and the International Border. Bring your camera; tour boats make photographic and wildlife stops. Bald eagle, bear, moose, deer, mountain sheep and mountain goats are often seen. The cruise is accompanied by an informative and entertaining commentary given by experienced local tour guides.The duration of the cruise is 2 and ¼ hours, which includes a ½ hour stop at Goat Haunt

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Events

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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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