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Zoos, Nature Centres & Wildlife Parks Attractions & Entertainment

Breakfast with the penguins, anyone? Visit with a wolfdog? Alberta's zoos, sanctuaries and wildlife parks will happily put the wild back in your life. The Calgary Zoo is western Canada's largest zoo with an impressive Canadian Wilds exhibit that features grizzly bears, wolves, cougars, moose, bison, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The Edmonton Valley Zoo lets you get close to 350 different creatures in a variety of habitats. You can see animals in central Alberta that have starred in Hollywood movies, injured birds being cared for at Canada's largest birds of prey facility in southern Alberta and songbirds being banded at Canada's most northerly bird observatory.

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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Penguins Calgary Zoo
Penguin swimming at the Calgary Zoo
Edmonton Valley Zoo

When the weather is wintry, there are many interesting activities to choose in the Slave Lake Region during the cold months - even if you don't have your own ice fishing shack or your own snowshoes!

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Marine Life - West Edmonton Mall

Edmonton, Alberta
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Explore marine life at Sea Life Caverns – an underground aquarium that is home to more than 100 species of fish, sharks, sea turtles, penguins, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates – and at Sea Lions' Rock, home to four California sea lions that perform daily.

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Calgary Zoo

Calgary, Alberta
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The Calgary Zoo is a great place to connect with nature and be inspired by the natural world's most fascinating creatures. Here, you can get up close and personal with nearly 1,500 different animals, representing five continents. With so much to see, no two visits will ever be the same.

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Kerry Wood Nature Centre

Red Deer, Alberta
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The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is Central Alberta's home for natural history and environmental education. Visit our new exhibits, play in the NOVA Chemicals Imagination Grove, and make music in the Kiwanis Harmony Garden; Alberta's first nature-based, outdoor music park. Open 10 - 5 daily. Closed Christmas day. The Nature Centre is fully accessible. Please note that in the winter trail access will be challenging for those in wheelchairs. Call us to find out about our accessibility options.

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Wolfdog Sanctuary Interactive Tour

A 45-60 minute program where guests will meet two of our packs inside enclosures, getting the chance to interact and learn all about them. Guests will also get the opportunity to view the other animals that also reside at the Sanctuary. Advanced reservations required.

Expires: 2017-09-13
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Early Morning Land of Lemurs Access

Skip the line, learning more about lemurs and have a special led tour! Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Tickets include early access and admission to the zoo. Senior (60+) $27.55, Child (3-15) $20.35. Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.

Expires: 2017-09-03
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Edmonton Attractions Pass

Take advantage of Edmonton's attractions with a U-Pick Pass. The Edmonton Attractions Pass gives you access to any 4 out of 15 of the region's most visited attractions for one low price. Or, choose to upgrade to the Ultimate Pass for admission to all 15 attractions.

Expires: 2017-11-15
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Events

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Halloween Paint Night

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-10-14 to 2017-10-14 MST

Find Halloween-themed inspiration through the animals around you while you cast a creative spell through a paint brush! Guided by an instructor, enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers as you create your own animal-themed acrylic painting to take home with you. And of course, “Get Closer” to some of the spook-tacular creatures! Registration now open!

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Animal Mythbusters!

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-08-27 to 2017-08-27 MST

Let your inner monkey loose at the Zoo! See the monkeys get a special treat, create a monkey craft, get a monkey airbrush tattoo and play some monkey games. Have fun learning all about our little hairy friends and other primates living at the zoo!

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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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