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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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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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Police Point Park Nature Centre

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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Located in beautiful Police Point Park, Medicine Hat, Alberta, the Interpretive Program offers Nature programming and activities to the public all year long. School programs available - adapted for different grade levels. Community programs available or book a birthday party. We have fun, free activities each week.

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Ellis Bird Farm

Lacombe, Alberta
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Located in the heart of central Alberta, Ellis Bird Farm is both a working farm as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds. Drop-in visitors and tour groups are welcome at Ellis Bird Farm.

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Calgary Zoo Package

Starting from $199, 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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Family Package - Two Nights, Two Attractions

Enjoy a mini vacation exploring some of Calgary's family-friendly attractions. Take your pick and enjoy 2 family passes to any of the following: Calgary Zoo, Calaway Park, TELUS Spark Science Centre, or $50 gift card to CrossIron Mills. Price is for 2 adults and 2 children for 2 nights.

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Alberta Family Fun Package

Considering a “staycation”? Holiday Inn Calgary Macleod Trail South invites your family to skip the lines and save! Calgary Zoo tickets will be waiting for you when you check in. Fuel up for fun with pizza dinner, then start your day with breakfast in South Forty2 restaurant the next morning.

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Events

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Date Night - British Invasion

Devon, Alberta
2017-07-13 to 2017-07-13 MST

Grab a bite to eat from a double-decker food bus, dress up British (we’ll supply the props), get your photo taken at our photo booth, grab a pint and enjoy the Garden to the beat of the Beatles, the Stones and other favorites from across the sea.

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Date Night - Craft Beer and Garden Games

Devon, Alberta
2017-06-29 to 2017-06-29 MST

Because beer and lawn games rule summer. Gather your date or your gang and head to the Garden for an evening of relaxed outdoor fun. Register in advance online; we’ll have an assortment of games available to play on a drop-in basis.

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Canada Day Celebrations

Devon, Alberta
2017-07-01 to 2017-07-01 MST

Live music, children’s activities and Canada Day Cake in a peaceful, relaxing setting. Half-price admission for Canadian Armed Forces personnel. To celebrate Canada’s special birthday, we’ll be selecting 150 visitors at random during the day to receive a gift from the Garden. Schedule of Events: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Kids in the Garden. Activities: Insect catching, ponding, Canada Day crafts, Musical entertainment, and Canada Day Cake (while supplies last).

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