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Bear Day 2015

Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day!

Mark April 11th on your calendars!  To coincide with bears’ emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Parks and WildSmart are once again hosting Bear Day at Canmore’s Civic Centre.

Bear Day poster 2015 FINAL

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 Kananaskis Country’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, bear talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a scavenger hunt for the kids!  Meet a Karelian bear dog, learn how to camp safely in bear country, and view grizzly bear and other wildlife displays.

This is a FREE family-friendly event! Activities begin at 10 am and end at 3 pm.  In the event of inclement weather, the majority of activities will take place indoors.

Check out the Bear Day 2015 video!

(Thanks, Graham Campbell, for putting this together!)

Schedule of Events

10:00 am        WildSmart Silent Auction (ongoing until 2:30 pm)

10:00 am        Bear safety talk

11:00 am        Bear spray demonstration

12:00 pm        Bear Day Official Welcome

12:15 pm        Bear trapping demonstration

1:00 pm          Teaching bears to be safe (talk)

                      Or Bear spray demonstration 

2:00 pm          Grizzly Bear Research in Kananaskis Country (talk)

2:45 pm          WildSmart Silent Auction winners announced!

Program Details

Bear Safety Talk    10:00 am   

Do you know how to behave when you’re in bear country?  Join Human-Wildlife Conflict biologist Jay Honeyman for a 45-minute talk on how to reduce your risk of encounters with bears and what to do should an encounter occur when hiking or camping in bear country. Meet in the Civic Centre Council Chambers.

Bear Spray Demonstration   11 am & 1 pm

Bear spray demonstrations with inert bear spray are being offered at 11 am and 1 pm.  Meet in the courtyard behind the Civic Centre.

Bear Day Official Welcome  12 noon – 12:15 pm

Join the Mayor of Canmore and a Stoney Nakoda First Nation Elder as we welcome bears back from their long winter sleep. Meet at the bear culvert trap in front of the Civic Centre.

Bear Trapping Demonstration  12:15 pm 

How does a bear culvert trap work?  Why does Alberta Parks want to trap adult female grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Valley?  Join Conservation Officer Randy Ramsden and Park Ecologist John Paczkowski at 12:15 pm as they trap a grizzly bear “volunteer” in this ½ hour demonstration.  Meet at the bear culvert trap in front of the Civic Centre. 

Teaching Bears To Stay Safe     1:00 pm   

Conservation officers and bear biologists use aversive conditioning to help bears learn to stay away from areas where they are likely to encounter humans such as highways and campgrounds.  Join Conservation Officer Randy Ramsden to learn about aversive conditioning, and the tools that are used to keep track of bears in this 45-minute talk in the Civic Centre Council Chambers.

Grizzly Bear Research in Kananaskis Country    2:00 pm

The Kananaskis Region plays an important role in Alberta’s grizzly bear recovery – it also faces an interesting challenge of balancing the needs of people and grizzly bears in a small area with many different user groups. This 45-minute presentation by Park ecologist John Paczkowski will demonstrate how combining prevention, research, and aversive conditioning can help maintain this delicate balance.  Meet in the Civic Centre Council Chambers.

WildSmart Silent Auction      10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Getting Here

The Canmore Civic Centre is located at 902 7th Avenue in beautiful Canmore, Alberta.

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

Bear Day Parking

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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