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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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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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Hang Glide Alberta

Innisfail, Alberta

Tandem Discovery Flights let you enjoy the gift of free flight next to one of our certified hang gliding instructors. Located right between Calgary and Edmonton, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of the majestic rocky mountains to the west, and the endless Alberta prairies to the east. There is no other sport that gets you closer to soaring like an eagle. The local Red tail hawks that nest nearby love to fly with us too! Book a brisk morning flight, or an evening flight to witness the sun set over the Rockies as we soar effortlessly back to earth!

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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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Travel Offers

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Banff Explorer

Four-day tour from Calgary or Vancouver traveling through dynamic landscapes of Western Canada by coach, packed with incredible sights and unique experiences. From glacier fed lakes of the Canadian Rockies to the fertile farmland of the Fraser Valley.

Expires: 2018-10-06
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Erling Strom Horseback Lodge Trip - 3N/4D

Ride through Alberta’s Wild West with Banff Trail Riders following the Erling Strom Trail, a path forged through the dense Banff forests by renowned explorer Erling Strom in the early 1900s, and stay in two quintessential mountain cabins. Departs Wednesdays, includes accommodation and a fully catered menu.

Expires: 2018-09-12
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Rockies Road & Rail Retreat

Discover four world-class alpine mountain resorts by vehicle: Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff. This area is abundant in beauty and wonder: spectacular waterfalls, alpine wildflowers and awe-inspiring mountains. Complete your journey on the iconic VIA Rail classic rail journey of a lifetime.

Expires: 2018-10-09
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Tours

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Horse Trekking Adventures

Fairview, Alberta

We provide challenging adventures to awaken all of your senses & refresh your spirit.General InformationYour hosts for these outdoor adventures are Harvey & Laureen Kosheiff & Family.We want to ensure you enjoy your time with us! Some key features about us: - Our riding adventures have multiple locations throughout Alberta to choose from. - Longer trips take guests into the Alberta Rocky Mountains- Shorter trips take guests into the boreal forest throughout the Peace Country of Alberta- We listen to our guest’s requests and customize their adventure to give each guest their best possible, unique experience.- We engage our guests in conversation about the wilderness that surrounds them while riding along the forested trails.Types of Accommodation Available:- Single person pop up tents - Double occupancy pop up tents - Family/group (four-six person) pop up tents - Family/group (four – six person) wall tents- Open air, under the stars, sleeping bags (tarps if needed)- Two (four person) cabinsGear, Food and Equipment Included: -Tents -All horse tack, horn and saddle bags -All meals and snacks-Water bottles- Air mattresses-Camp chairs-Sleeping bags** Guests are welcome to bring any of this gear themselves if they prefer ** We offer more than a trail ride!

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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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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share the land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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Pie Cruise

Waterton Park, Alberta
2018-05-26 to 2018-05-26 MST

The only thing better than a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States in Waterton Lakes National Park is experiencing while enjoying a slice of pie - or two. Local vendors will supply the pies that you can linger over while cruising by majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls and snowy mountain peaks. Don't forget your camera because the tour boat makes stops along the way, which can include the chance to see wildlife.

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Panda Passage - Opening Day

Calgary, Alberta
2018-05-07 to 2018-05-07 MST

The Calgary Zoo is welcoming four giant pandas this May. This is a unique opportunity to see adult pandas Er Shun and Da Mao and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue in Panda Passage. This is an exclusive, newly constructed habitat that promises to be a unique experience where you can discover so much about these charming and elusive animals. Opening Day is May 7.

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Wild mountain rafting weekend

Hinton, Alberta
2017-07-14 to 2017-07-16 MST

July 14th -16th. Make your Wild Mountain Music Festival weekend extra exciting and memorable with a rafting adventure!! Come and enjoy a relaxing float down the Athabasca River with Hinton Rafting Adventures. This tour is a great way to see the Hinton area while you’re on your visiting for the music festival. Call to book your tour.

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