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Nature & Wildlife

How does a baby mountain goat hover on the sheer face of a mountain? It's crazy. Alberta is bursting with weird (looking at you, wolverine) and wild species. Grizzlies, black bears, moose, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, lynx and wolves are among the 587 critters around these parts. Need to know: Make sure your camera is charged and your friends are on alert. You never know who might be ambling by for a photo op. Long-term planning: With 8.2 million hectares (a.k.a. quite a lot) of protected space, Alberta's wildest inhabitants have room to frolic.

Wildlife Viewing

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

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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Dinosaur Provincial Park | Andy Best

Glacier walking Athabasca Glacier Columbia icefields

Glacier walking on the Columbia Icefield