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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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Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory

Slave Lake, Alberta

Come out and see these tiny marvels of migration up close at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. Located at a natural funneling area for migratory birds, this station is part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.. See science in action as our researchers learn more about the migratory and breeding birds in the boreal forest. Public Tours and education programs are available by contacting the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Cochrane, Alberta
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Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is dedicated to providing educational programs on responsible wolfdog ownership and the importance of preserving wild wolves in their natural environment. We are also dedicated the rescue and safe sanctuary of wolfdogs and welcome visitors to come and see our beautiful wolfdogs and learn all about them.

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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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Banff and Lake Louise Tours

For this combination tour, spend the morning taking in the beautiful sights around the town of Banff. In the afternoon you will visit the beautiful Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and learn about their mountaineering beginnings.

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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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Mountain View Helicopters

Calgary, Alberta
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Mountain View Helicopters, will take you on a sky-high trip full of mountain vistas, city skylines and rolling prairie - whatever strikes you. Their four-seat R44 Raven II helicopter ensures everyone has a good view, so there's no jostling for a window seat. Offering scenic tours and discovery flights. Seasonal Base at the Horseshoe Canyon near Drumheller, AB operates from Mid-June to Labour Day. Springbank base operates year-round.

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Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures

Okotoks, Alberta
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Enjoy the vistas and views of Calgary and the surrounding areas by taking a guided tour on a sidecar motorcycle. Come experience the incredible landscapes of the Alberta Foothills and the Rocky Mountains. Design your own guided adventure through spectacular scenery on an unforgettable sidecar motorcycle! Experienced drivers, fully insured and offering guided tours in English, French, Swiss, German, and Japanese. Our drivers are able to share information about the history of the Foothills, as well as ensure your tour is safe, fun, and memorable.

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Lens on Nature - Jasper

Jasper, Alberta

Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests to explore the hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies, providing them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in their adventure and experience its amazing landscapes, wildlife and rich culture and history. Lens on Nature offers carefully created, professionally guided two or three day hiking adventures to the most awe-inspiring places in Jasper National Park. With each trip, guests can live the adventure knowing that they will receive a collection of impactful and inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures a sense of authenticity and emotion their adventure.

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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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Land of Lemurs

Calgary, Alberta
2017-08-04 to 2017-10-01 MST

Explore the Calgary Zoo in a whole new way! Immersive yourself in the lemur habitat. Discover what lemurs do best: play, groom, leap between trees, search for leaves and shoots to eat and soak up the sun! Land of Lemurs is home to black-and-white ruffed lemurs, red fronted lemurs, and ring-tailed lemurs. The open concept allows guests to become immersed in the lemurs’ world, engage with interpretive programs, and leave with simple actions they can take to help protect wildlife! Land of Lemurs is open daily at 9:00 a.m., with last entrance at 5:15 p.m. This habitat has an immersive outdoor loop that is seasonal. During evenings and winter months, the lemurs are housed in a heated building that can be viewed from exterior windows in Land of Lemurs.

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Halloween Paint Night

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-10-14 to 2017-10-14 MST

Find Halloween-themed inspiration through the animals around you while you cast a creative spell through a paint brush! Guided by an instructor, enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers as you create your own animal-themed acrylic painting to take home with you. And of course, “Get Closer” to some of the spook-tacular creatures! Registration now open!

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