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Bear Activity: May 18 to May 24

The vegetation is greening up resulting in more food options for bears away from the valley bottoms. We should start seeing them move into..

Bear Activity: May 11 to May 17

At this time of year, bears in this area are often found in the valley bottoms eating foods like dandelions and grass. This increases their chance of encounters with…

Bear Activity: May 4 to May 10

There continue to be reports of bears (mostly black bears) throughout the Bow Valley (on both sides of the valley), in and around Canmore in residential areas and in the…

Bear Activity: April 27 to May 3

At this early time of the year bears are slowly emerging from their dens and, like humans, it might take them a little while to fully wake up…

Bear Update for the Bow Valley (April 27, 2018)

Many bears have already emerged from their dens and warmer spring weather finally seems to be here. This means it is time once again to be bear aware! There has been grizzly bear activity…

Bear Day 2018!

Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day on Saturday, April 14th! To coincide with bears’ emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Parks and WildSmart are once again hosting Bear Day at Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park’s Day Lodge. Indoor and outdoor activities include bear spray demonstrations, safety talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a hike for families to learn the ins and outs of being “bear aware” on the trail.
This is a FREE family-friendly event! Activities begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:15 pm.

Mar.20 WildSmart Speaker Series – ‘Counting and Managing Grizzly Bears in Kananaskis Country’

Our next Speaker Series event ‘Counting and Managing Grizzly Bears in Kananaskis Country’ will be at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre on Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm. Join John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with AEP, for a presentation that will focus on recent results of grizzly bear census work in Kananaskis country as well as discuss the grizzly bear aversive conditioning program. This is a free event…

Feb.20 WildSmart Speaker Series – ‘Managing the move: Factors affecting the success of grizzly bear translocations in Alberta’

Join us at our next Speaker Series event ‘Managing the move: Factors affecting the success of grizzly bear translocations in Alberta’, at the Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre on Tuesday, February 20th at 7pm. This is a free event however donations towards the WildSmart program are very much appreciated.

Wildlife Ambassador Recruitment

Interested in volunteering with the Wildlife Ambassadors? Learn more and fill out the Volunteer Application Form – – applications are due February 16, 2018!

Bear Activity: November 24 to November 30


(Banff National Park East Gate to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the period: November 24 to November 30, 2017.

Welcome to the last weekly bear report of 2017!


As most of the bears are now moving into their dens, this will be the last bear report for the season. There have not been any reported sightings of bears in the Bow Valley this past week but there continue to be reports of grizzly bears in…

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