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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. 
Wildlife Viewing

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary | Cochrane

Kananaskis Country | Collen Gara

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Mt Norquay, Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Banff, Alberta
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Welcome to the best seat in Banff National Park – and possibly the whole of Canada! More than just a chairlift ride, Norquay's famous Sightseeing Chairlift is a gateway to an unforgettable, 10 minute open-air journey into the sky. Soar to nearly 7,000ft elevation, accessing the historic Cliffhouse Bistro and get ready to be “wowed”. Zip up your coziest layers and visit Norquay for a memorable day of sightseeing, dining and exploring. Here you’ll discover cozy mountain meals, endless photo opportunities, and top-of-the-world views that need to be seen to be believed.

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Bassano Dam

Bassano, Alberta
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Visitors to the Bassano Dam will find a scenic viewpoint of the dam and the river valley complete with a picnic area. Group tours of the dam can be arranged through the EID office and there is some excellent fishing found below the dam. Construction of the dam commenced in 1910 with the official dam opening taking place on April 24, 1914. Building of the dam was a major undertaking, requiring 300,000 cubic meters (10 million cubic feet) of earthen fill.

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Windmill Garden Centre home of John's Butterfly House

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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The Windmill Garden Centre and Butterfly House exists to inspire their customers with an experience of beauty. The Butterfly House features exotic tropical butterflies and plants. Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy learning about the life cycles and habits of the butterflies and other living creatures in this tropical oasis. After their butterfly experience, visit their friendly goats, chickens, and duck in their petting zoo. They serve Foothill's Creamery Ice cream to inspire your taste buds too! Don't forget to grab your favorite flowers, trees, and shrubs on your way out.

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11-Day Alberta and the Northwest Territories

From Edmonton, travel north, seeing the variety of natural environments Canada offers. Ranging from waterfalls, prairie grasslands to lakes and boreal forests. Includes 10 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star), professional Tour Leader, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, roundtrip airport transfers in Edmonton, 16 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Expires: 2019-07-26
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Banff Tour and Gondola Package

See the best of Banff with a summer sightseeing tour and gondola admission on this package with Discover Banff Tours. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on a morning tour of the Banff's highlights, followed by an ascent up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola for 360-degree views over Banff.

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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Winter Tour

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on a morning tour of Banff's highlights with Discover Banff Tours, such as frozen Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and scenic viewpoints. Includes a professional guide and hot chocolate. Save 20% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

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White Mountain Adventures - Nature and Wildlife Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover the majestic mountain views and turquoise lakes of Banff National Park and its surrounding environment. Choose from an active discovery tour of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with short guided hikes showcasing the best of the Canadian Rockies, a gondola ride, and a picnic lunch. Or, experience the crisp alpine air, rich views and opportunities to spot wildlife in the provincially-protected Kananaskis Country, a mountain area similar in size to Banff but wilder and less travelled.

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Canmore Raft Tours

Canmore, Alberta
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Big mountain views, cool glacial waters, forests, valleys and wildlife: all from the perspective of the river. Great for all ages and perfect for first time rafters, Canmore Raft Tours offers two family friendly river floats leaving right from downtown Canmore. The 1hr "Townie" leaves four times daily at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm from the Canmore Boat Launch, which is only a few minute walk from the shops and restaurants downtown. The 2.5hr "Explorer" offers the same easy access, but we extend the tour into the Bow Valley Wildland Park leaving at 6:00pm from the Canmore Boat Launch. All Tours offer transportation from the river back to downtown.

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Jasper Raft Tours

Jasper, Alberta

Join the fun and experience an easy rafting/scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the fur traders over two centuries ago. Our guides do all the rowing so that you can simply relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We invite you to share our love of whitewater, wilderness, and friendship. Our rafting trips are a great adventure for the entire family!

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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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