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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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Cross Conservation Area

Calgary, Alberta
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The Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area (ASCCA) is made up of 4,800 acres of rolling foothills land. The area features over 22 kilometers of scenic hiking trails. Since 1993, over 90,000 youth and adults have participated in our hands-on conservation based learning opportunities.

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Lake Louise Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Ascend to one of Banff National Park’s most incredible views where grizzly bears and other local wildlife are seen almost daily. From the top, at 2,088m (6,850ft) the gondola ride is only the start of your adventure. Make your way to the viewing platform for a panoramic view that will take your breath away. Afterward visit the free Wildlife Interpretive Centre where Interpretive Programs are offered daily, including indoor presentations. A variety of guided interpretive walks are available daily for all fitness levels. Hungry, no problem. There are five unique restaurants located on-site that are sure to please. Dine on one of the famous patios or indoors. The choice is yours. Free parking is never an issue; there is plenty of free parking for your car or RV conveniently located just outside of the main day lodge. From here you can also take our free shuttle service to and from the Village of Lake Louise.

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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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Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour with Guided Lakeshore Hike

Travel the incredibly scenic Maligne Valley while searching for abundant wildlife. You’ll go on a short walk to see stunning waterfall vistas at Maligne Canyon and stop for photos at Medicine Lake before embarking on a guided walk along the Maligne Lake foreshore. Available May 4 to Oct. 10.

Expires: 2018-10-08
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Winter Wildlife Search

Winter is a great time to see wildlife. Explore Jasper National Park’s lower valleys and sub-alpine areas renown for their abundant wildlife population. Frozen lakes and rivers provide a great back drop and contrast for elk, deer, moose, wolves, sheep and coyotes that are still very active in winter.

Expires: 2018-02-07
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Icewalk Winter Wildlife Adventure

Join experienced local guides in exploring the magnificent surroundings of Jasper, seeking out creatures large and small as well as taking in stunning frozen waterfalls, walking along a frozen river bed, 300 feet below the earth's surface.

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Canmore River Adventures

Canmore, Alberta
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Stunning glacial blue waters, towering mountain peaks and diverse wildlife awaits you on this beautiful float tour along the Bow River in Canmore. Located on the outskirts of Banff National Park, your guide will gently float you through this inspiring landscape. Sit back, relax and soak it all in, as the stories and local history of the Canadian Rockies captivates your imagination. With no experience required, this family friendly tour is perfect for all ages and abilities. Join us on this truly signature experience of your stay in the Rockies, and let us inspire your mountain adventures.

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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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White Mountain Adventures

Banff, Alberta
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You'll find some of the best year-round adventures in the world right here in the Canadian Rockies. Incredible summer hiking and walking, amazing winter ice walks, wildlife watching, and snowshoeing adventures. Take the time to experience them with your own exclusive guide. You choose the date, time, trip length and go at your own pace. Our expert guides and naturalists will make your outing the unique adventure you are looking for.

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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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