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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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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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Discovery Wildlife Park

Innisfail, Alberta
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Discovery Wildlife Park offers the most exciting and unique animal experiences that you will ever have! Daily animal presentations bring you up close to learn more about our wonderful animal friends. Have your photo taken with a movie star bear or become a zookeeper for a day.

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The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Gondola

Lake Louise, Alberta
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Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. The wilderness is pristine and inspirational. Located in the heart of majestic and historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers world class ski and snowboard terrain.

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Banff Tour and Icewalk

This combination package includes the Discover Banff & its Wildlife Tour in the morning and the Johnston Canyon Icewalk in the afternoon. See frozen Bow Falls, visit to Surprise Corner for the best view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Walk on catwalks into Johnston Canyon and see frozen waterfalls.

Expires: 2018-04-15
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Best of Alberta Guided Motorcycle Tour

A knowledgeable guide will take you through Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains including the Highwood Pass, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, and the Canadian Badlands. Offer includes late model Harley Davidson motorcycle and helmet rental, hotels, and support vehicle with spare motorcycle.

Expires: 2018-03-26
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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife

Build a connection to a World Heritage Site on this trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. See and learn about wildlife behaviour habitat and their winter survival adaptations.

Expires: 2018-02-07
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Lazy H Outfitters

High River, Alberta

Lazy H Outfitters offers finest hunting anywhere. We offer rifle and archery trophy shiras moose hunting whitetail deer hunting and mule deer hunting as well as archery only trophy elk hunts. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Alberta Canada you won't find a better hunt.

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Mountain Meadow Trail Rides

Mountain View, Alberta
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Step into a time and place where the Legacy of the West lives on. Ride side by side with the Horsemen of the Legendary Mountain West and discover your “True Cowboy Nature”.

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Wild Current Outfitters Guided Canoe

Jasper, Alberta
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The Pyramid Lake Canoe Adventure is an excellent way to start or finish your day in Jasper National Park. Wild Current specializes in small group, unique canoe adventures in a hand crafted canoe for couples, friends and families. Our guests often tell us they are blown away by the numerous snow-capped peaks that surround them, and the chance to see wildlife that call the area home. Private and custom tours are available. Canoe rentals and outfitting available for any lake in Jasper National Park. Multi day trips available on Maligne Lake and Snake Indian River.

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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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