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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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Jurassic Forest

Gibbons, Alberta
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What was it like to live during the time of the dinosaurs? Walk through Jurassic Forest, and find out! In this 16 hectare (40 acre) prehistoric preserve, you’ll discover a land populated with dinosaurs that ruled the planet 250 million years ago. Wander along the walking trail, and just when you least expect it, you'll realize that there's a giant Albertosaurus in the woods roaring at you. Over a dozen large animated dinosaurs are hiding throughout the forest, triggered by motion detectors as you approach.

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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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Alberta Birds of Prey Centre

Coaldale, Alberta
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Canada's largest birds of prey facility is an interactive facility situated on a 70-acre wetland area near Coaldale that focuses on hawks, falcons, eagles and owls of Alberta.

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Discover Banff & Its Wildlife - Summer

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

Expires: 2018-11-30
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Scenic Delights by Road and Rail

Discover four world-class alpine mountain resorts by vehicle: Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff. This area is abundant in beauty and wonder: spectacular waterfalls, alpine wildflowers and awe-inspiring mountains. Complete your journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer rail journey of a lifetime

Expires: 2018-10-15
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The Best of the Rockies

Wanna get away from the crowds and have an experience that feels like your own? Feel like a local and come out with Moose Trail Overland and enjoy something truly unique. Float/SUP, sample spirits and dine amidst the mountains on this tour.

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Shadow Creek Outfitters

Westlock, Alberta

We invite you to come experience some of the best guided trophy hunts for Bear Mule Deer Whitetail Deer Buffalo Moose and Wolf in Alberta Canada. Your host and outfitter Henry Giles brings decades of experience to the table and is absolutely dedicated to making your hunt a sucess.

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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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Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise Co. Ltd.

Waterton, Alberta
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Enjoy a scenic cruise on Waterton Lake and cross the International border into Glacier National Park, Montana. View spectacular mountain scenery, waterfalls, unusual geological formations and wildlife, while listening to professional, entertaining and educational commentary. Includes a half hour stop at Goat Haunt, Montana (June through mid-September). Shuttles to Crypt Lake trailhead are also available.

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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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Discovery Wildlife Park's Zoofest

Innisfail, Alberta
2018-08-04 to 2018-08-04 MST

Plan for a full day of fun for the whole family at Discovery Wildlife Park's Zoofest. Join us for free facepainting bounce rides toonie deals on hot dogs and cotton candy. There will also be great animal experiences for you to enjoy throughout the day. Zoofest is open to everyone and all special events are included with your regular admission.

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Rumhead BikeFest and BC Enduro

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-06-22 to 2018-06-24 MST

Proudly Hosted by UROC (United Riders of Crowsnest)! If you’re looking to ride in Crowsnest Pass, a great way to start is to mark your calendar for the annual Rumhead Bike Festival. Taking place on June 22-24 2018, this family friendly event takes place at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill in Blairmore, and includes group rides, a town scavenger hunt and more – group camping is available on site. The bike festival is now in its third year of partnering with the BC Enduro Series, and the Crowsnest Pass is proud to be a stop on the Canadian National Enduro Series circuit. Last year’s course featured the newly constructed Buck 50 trail, a fast and flowy trail that takes riders from the top of the hill all the way to the bottom, as well some of Coleman’s finest – including the legendary Big Bear trail, which boasts panoramic mountain views and unforgettable singletrack. Over 200 racers from all over Western Canada partook in the Enduro last year, and racers ranged from competitive to recreational.

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