Wildlife Viewing

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Wildlife Viewing

No one dares to breathe as we focus on the sound of branches snapping in the bushes. There’s definitely something big in there. An enormous bull elk emerges from the thicket, and when he turns his majestic head and stares right into your camera lens, you know you’ve got the shot of a lifetime. And you just nailed one of Alberta’s all-stars – elk, moose, bear, bison, cougar and wolf.

Accessible and rewarding wildlife viewing is year round in Alberta. Set off at dawn or in the evening, when the animals are most active. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, beaver, coyotes, white-tailed and mule deer are often spotted.

And for all you birdwatchers, Alberta is the only place in North America where the prairie, boreal forest and mountain ecosystems coexist. As a result, the province is a haven for indigenous and migratory birds – more than 400 species, and counting. Spring and fall migrations are optimal viewing times.

OUR VISITORS SAY:

"Catching a glimpse of a black bear in the woods in the middle of my backswing at Banff Springs Golf Course...wow!" ~ C.Bedford, Alberta

EXPLORE ALBERTA

MEMORABLE WILDLIFE VIEWING IN ALBERTA

Alberta is teeming with all sorts of wildlife and while a surprise sighting is definitely possible, careful planning and the right location will improve your chances.

CANADIAN ROCKIES CRUISE TO MONTANA

Take a scenic boat cruise across Upper Waterton Lake for spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing in Alberta’s Crown of the Continent, Waterton Lakes National Park

WATERTON WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the best places to view wildlife in the Canadian Rockies. Watch for bison, black bear, moose, elk, deer, and lynx.

GUIDED WILDLIFE VIEWING IN ALBERTA'S MOUNTAIN PARKS

Canadian Rocky Mountain wildlife tours often get you close enough to see the gleam in the animals' eyes.

GRIZZLY BEAR VIEWING AT LAKE LOUISE

Ride the Lake Louise Gondola in Banff National Park and discover the thrill of viewing grizzly bears in their natural Canadian Rocky Mountain habitat.

ALBERTA AUTUMN WILDLIFE VIEWING

From Banff National Park to Elk Island to Waterton – wildlife in Alberta abounds, particularly in the autumn months. There's a wildlife safari, festival or guided tour waiting for you.
Bears in Banff National Park

BEARS IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Wildlife sightings in Banff are just one of many thrilling wilderness experiences in our Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Hiking in Waterton Lakes National Park

HIKING IN WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta is a haven for wildlife. Enjoy a hiking vacation with safe trails for all skill levels.
Grand Rapids Wilderness Adventures - Your Next Great Escape

GRAND RAPIDS WILDERNESS ADVENTURES - YOUR NEXT GREAT ESCAPE

Come for the adventure. Leave with your inner state reset to serene. Escape cyberspace to a place where the only downloads are from Mother Nature.
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