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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.

Summer Rain in the Boreal Forest

Ellen Criss Slave Lake Region

Holidays in rainy weather need not be boring. There are lots of things to do in the Slave Lake region for children and adults, rain or shine.

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Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Calgary, Alberta
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Bring your binoculars to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, just 5 km east of downtown on the Bow River, and keep your eyes peeled as this 36-hectare wildlife reserve is visited by more than 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, 2 amphibians, 2 reptiles, 7 species of fish and 27 species of butterflies. The Nature Centre boats an exhibit hall, educational resources for families and wildlife lovers, meeting space and records recent sightings in the area. .

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Valley Zoo

Edmonton, Alberta
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Nestled on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, in the heart of the Edmonton River Valley, The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a place that fosters enduring bonds between animals and people; a place where learning is engaging and memorable; a place of research, education and conservation; and, above all, a place where a high quality of life for the animals is the top priority.

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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: 2017-06-06
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Family Fun in the Capital

Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and bursting with family fun! Experience the unique convenience West Edmonton Mall has to offer while staying in a unique theme room right at the mall. Explore the city at your own pace and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Calgary Zoo Package

Starting from $189, this package includes overnight accommodation, complimentary breakfast buffet for 2 adults & 2 children, family pass to the Calgary Zoo and in-room extras.

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Wild Mushroom Exposition

Devon, Alberta
2017-08-13 to 2017-08-13 MST

The Alberta Mycological Society presents “City of Champignons” Wild Mushroom Exposition! View specimens of wild mushrooms. Bring your own fungi for identification. Scientific displays, photos, field guides, cookbooks and much more. A guided walk through the Garden will introduce you to local varieties that are edible, poisonous or medicinal. Featuring: Fresh, wild mushrooms with various habitat features, Poisonous mushroom display, Sampling of common edibles, Medicinal mushrooms, Field guides and mushroom cookbook displays. On Sale: Recommended mushroom field guides, Alberta Mushrooms posters, Food available for purchase, in support of the Alberta Mycological Society.

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Date Night - Salsa Lessons with the U of A Dance Club

Devon, Alberta
2017-07-20 to 2017-07-20 MST

Learn the steps of this spicy Latin dance in a fun and supportive atmosphere – the experts from the U of A Dance Club will show you how. No experience required! Advance registration recommended to ensure your spot for this popular activity.

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Bug Jamboree

Lacombe, Alberta
2017-08-12 to 2017-08-12 MST

This festival features bug experts, a butterfly count right on site at Ellis Bird Farm, and plenty of crafts for the kids! Bring the family out to our annual Bug Jamboree this summer!

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