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Bear Day 2018!

Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day!

Mark Saturday, April 14th on your calendars! 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.

This event is a celebration and welcoming of grizzly bears back on the landscape for another year. It’s also a great opportunity for the public to learn more about our area’s grizzly bears and serves as a reminder that it’s time once again to be bear aware.

Indoor and outdoor activities include bear spray demonstrations, safety talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a scavenger hunt for the kids! Learn how to camp safely in bear country, and view grizzly bear and other wildlife displays. New this year, we will have a hike for families to learn the ins and outs of being “bear aware” on the trail in a fun and interactive way (registration required).

This is a FREE family-friendly event! Activities begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:15 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the majority of activities will take place indoors.

BEAR DAY 2018 Poster (use)

Schedule of Events

9:30 am   - Bear Safety Talk

10:00 am – Bear Spray Demonstration

10:30 am  – Grizzlies in Kananaskis

10:30 am  – Family Hike

11:00 am  -  Bear Spray Demonstration

12:00 pm  – Bear Day Official Welcome

12:30 pm  – Bear Trapping Demonstration

1:15 pm     - Bear Spray Demonstration

1:45 pm    – Bear Safety Talk

1:45 pm    – Family Hike

2:15 pm    – Bear Spray Demonstration

2:45 pm   - Bear Spray Demonstration

Program Details

Bear Safety Talks

Do you know how to behave when you’re in bear country?  Join a Human-Wildlife Conflict specialist for a 45-minute talk on how to reduce your risk of encounters with bears and what to do should an encounter occur when recreating in bear country.  Meet in the Main Day Lodge Banquet Room upstairs.


Bear Spray Demonstrations   

In response to high demand, bear spray demonstrations with inert bear spray are being offered throughout the day. Come try it out for yourself!  Meet outside in the stadium area west of the Main Day Lodge.


Grizzlies in Kananaskis 

Join John Paczkowski, Park Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, for a presentation on grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Region and beyond. Learn about the latest grizzly bear population census work for Kananaskis Country down to the Crowsnest Pass. There will then be a discussion about the aversive conditioning program in Kananaskis Country. For almost 20 years, the program has aimed to reduce bear-human incidents by monitoring and conditioning grizzly bears in the region.  Meet in the Main Day Lodge Banquet Room upstairs.


Family Hike  

Join WildSmart and Alberta Parks staff for this fun and educational walk through bear country! You’ll learn how to use bear spray and how to prepare for a hike in bear habitat. On the trail you’ll practice how to avoid bears and how to handle a variety of different bear encounters with help from the WildSmart bear. This hike is designed for families and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Register at the welcome table to participate in this walk (group limit: 20 people).


Bear Day Official Welcome

Join Municipal, Provincial, and First Nations dignitaries as we welcome bears back from their long winter sleep.  Meet outside at the bear culvert trap west of the Main Day Lodge.


Bear Trapping Demonstration  

How does a bear culvert trap work? Why does Alberta Parks want to trap adult female grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Valley? Join Conservation Officers at 12:30 pm to trap a grizzly bear “volunteer” in this ½ hour demonstration.  Meet outside at the bear culvert trap west of the Main Day Lodge.

Getting Here

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park is located at 1988 Olympic Way immediately west outside of the Town of Canmore, Alberta.

Hope on ROAM Transit, Route 5 (Saturdays)  – see the schedule here!

Please use the following parking map as a reference if arriving by car.

Bear Day Map 1Bear Day Parking Map 1Other info:

- Hungry? The Cornerstone Café (located in the Day Lodge) serves hot and cold meals, beverages, and energy snacks!

- Pets are not allowed in the Day Lodge (working service dogs permitted)


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Important Note:

Please do not use the comment box to report sightings of wildlife.

Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories and Public Safety

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