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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. 

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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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Wildlife photography Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

Wildlife viewing in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park

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Elk Island National Park

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
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Just 50 minutes from downtown Edmonton, Elk Island National Park boasts incredible experiences that will remain with you long after you leave. Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light, or tour behind the scenes at a bison handling facility and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton, Alberta

With extraordinary natural charms Waterton Lakes National Park offers plenty to keep visitors busy. Sightsee on the park's scenic roadways, and keep an eye out for abundant wildlife. Explore natural attractions, from a vivid red canyon to mist-cloaked waterfalls. Or check out the postcard-perfect community of Waterton Park, with great day hiking, a historic 1927 hotel and a range of water activities.

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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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Canada's Lakes & Lodges

Uncover picturesque lakes on this self-drive journey through the spine of the Rockies. Stay in lodge style accommodation, positioned in areas of stunning natural beauty.

Offered By: Discover the World

Expires: 2018-09-25
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Journey Through the Clouds at Leisure

This leisurely itinerary takes you from Vancouver to Jasper on-board the Rocky Mountaineer, before continuing along some of the most scenic routes in the world through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary.

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-09-01
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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalises our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalises our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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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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Open Farm Days

Mossleigh, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Discover Alberta Rail & Agriculture History at Aspen Crossing! They welcome you to see and experience a part of Alberta seldom seen, only 45 minutes SE of Calgary. With a commitment to entertain, enliven as well as enlighten, visitors from around the world will have an opportunity to see up close and personal, Alberta’s agricultural landscape that makes it one of Canada’s 2nd largest agricultural producer and one of the world’s most productive agricultural economies. Short Aspen Crossing Railway Tours: Enjoy a 1 hour in length train experience on the full-size excursion train that hosted THE POLAR EXPRESS™! Tickets for the 1-hour teaser excursions will be available for purchase at the Station during Stampede Train Day, July 7th. Departures will be at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Adults: $25.00. Children: 25 months – 14 Yrs. $15.00. Children 24 months or under: are free! Lots of Free Parking. ELEVATOR TOURS: Take a visit to the Mossleigh Grain Elevators with a personalized tour guide to share local history and how these prairie grain elevators played a pivotal role in the farming community of yesteryear. Tours at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Come Celebrate Our Railway & Agriculture Ties!

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Ellis Bird Farm Opening

Lacombe, Alberta
2018-05-21 To 2018-05-21 MST

Ellis Bird Farm will open for the 2018 season on Monday, May 21st. Debby Olsen will be onsite to introduce the newly-published book which she has co-authored: 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta. There will be copies of the book for sale in the gift shop and Debbie will be available for signing. Matt Burton of Your Private Chef. Matt has returned for his third season at the Ellis Café and his cuisine is guaranteed to delight. Ellis Bird Farm will be open between 11:00 and 5:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays. Admission is by donation and we offer a variety of programs for all ages over the course of the summer. Visit their website for more information or send them an email. They have an exciting line-up of events for the entire summer, including evening lectures, workshops, and a multi-day event celebrating the sights and sounds of the early morning onsite. So much not to be missed!

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Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-02 MST

The Bison Festival celebrates and cultivates an appreciation of all things bison at Elk Island National Park.With the world’s oldest national parks system, Canada has a long history of being committed to conservation. Elk Island is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today.Join us with family and friends to commemorate this success story through the themes of conservation and culture and discover the importance of bison to the heart of Canada.

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