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Wildlife Viewing Nature & Wildlife

Alberta is teeming with wildlife. Five national parks and more than 250 provincial parks and easily accessible natural areas protect almost 600 species. Watch for Alberta's all-stars: moose, bison, elk, grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. You may even spot the elusive wolf, cougar, wolverine, lynx or bobcat. And for all you birders, Alberta is the only place in North America where prairie, boreal forest and mountain ecosystems coexist, providing a home to hundreds of species. Intersecting migratory flight paths make spring and fall birdwatching heaven on earth. Watch for flocks of golden eagles in autumn and trumpeter swans in spring.
Wildlife viewing in Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park
Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation in Coaldale

A Family Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Dawn Nicholson Blogger

A family's view of their trip down the Kananaskis River with Chinook Rafting. 'We paddled hard, we got really wet, we splashed other boats, we laughed a lot and in the process created memories that we will have forever'.

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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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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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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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The Athabasca River Guided Fishing Package

Fish the historic Athabasca River for exciting Northern Pike and Walleye action, with great opportunities to catch that trophy fish of a lifetime. While cruising along the majestic Athabasca river, view the abundance of wildlife on its shores. Price is for 2 guests for 2 nights.

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Alberta Family Fun Package

Considering a “staycation”? Holiday Inn Calgary Macleod Trail South invites your family to skip the lines and save! Calgary Zoo tickets will be waiting for you when you check in. Fuel up for fun with pizza dinner, then start your day with breakfast in South Forty2 restaurant the next morning.

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Wolfdog Sanctuary Interactive Tour

A 45-60 minute program where guests will meet two of our packs inside enclosures, getting the chance to interact and learn all about them. Guests will also get the opportunity to view the other animals that also reside at the Sanctuary. Advanced reservations required.

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McKenzie's Trails West

Nordegg, Alberta

We offer wilderness horseback rides in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Tours are available by the day, hour, or week. Our horses are safe and experienced, our guides skilled and personable, and our scenery spectacular. Experience genuine western hospitality with our family run outfit. No experience necessary. Open 7 days/week.

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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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McMurray Aviation

Fort McMurray, Alberta

McMurray Aviation's aerial tours will give you a bird's eye view of not only the city, but over the Oilsands as well. We have a variety of aircraft that can land on either land or water, making it easy to suit our clients' needs. We also have a regular scheduled flight to Fort Chipewyan.

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Heritage Day at the GP Museum

Grande Prairie, Alberta
2017-08-07 to 2017-08-07 MST

This Heritage Day, the Grande Prairie Museum plays tribute to Canada’s 150 Anniversary of Confederation by celebrating life of Canadians both past and present. Heritage DayMonday August 7Hours: 12 noon to 4 p.m.*The Heritage Village will host Canadian Animals from Down to Earth Petting Zoo along with of old fashioned carnival games and historic demonstrations in the village greenspaces. We will also have Heritage Interpreters and local storytellers in some of the village buildings and a Cultural Karmesse in the Museum’s Community Room.The Kermesse is a cultural exchange event that displays booths influenced by a variety of countries from around the world and celebrates Canada’s diversity. The booths will include lifestyle items and samples of food dishes for cultural exploration.There is no parking available in Muskoseepi Park on Heritage Day. *Carnival games shut down at 3:30 p.m. to allow time for guests to redeem tickets for prizes at the prize booth.

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The Bison Festival

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
2017-08-19 to 2017-08-19 MST

Bison were nearly lost from North America. But by the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to Elk Island National Park began to slowly re-build their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park. That's something to celebrate! Join us for this sensory festival celebrating all things bison, from conservation, to culture, to cuisine.

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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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