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Bear Day 2016

 Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day!

Mark April 9th on your calendars!  To coincide with bears’ emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Environment & Parks together with WildSmart are once again hosting Bear Day! This years event will take place at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park’s Day Lodge.

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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!  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 2016 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

11:00 am        Conserving Wildlife and Large Landscapes talk

12:00 pm        Bear Day Official Welcome

12:15 pm        Bear trapping demonstration

1:00 pm          Bear safety talk

2:00 pm          Bear spray demonstration

2:45 pm         WildSmart Silent Auction winners announced!

Program Details

Bear Safety Talks   10 am & 1 pm

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 hiking or camping in bear country. Meet in the Main Day Lodge Banquet Room upstairs.

 

Bear Spray Demonstrations   11 am & 2 pm

Bear spray demonstrations with inert bear spray are being offered at 11 am and 2 pm following the bear safety talks.  Meet outside in the stadium area west of the Main Day Lodge.

 

Conserving Wildlife and Large Landscapes – One Highway at a Time  11 am

A quick glance at a Canadian road map reminds us it’s an amazing example of engineered infrastructure. Despite being an asset for people, this same network is a major source of disruption for native wildlife that coexist on the landscape with us. Join wildlife Research Scientist Dr. Tony Clevenger for a 45-minute talk that will provide local and international examples of innovative measures taken by government agencies and communities to make roads safe for wildlife and motorists.  Meet in the Main Day Lodge Banquet Room upstairs.

 

Bear Day Official Welcome  12 noon – 12:15 pm

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  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 Officers at 12:15 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.

 

Bear Safety Talk     1 pm   

Join a Human-Wildlife Conflict specialist for our second 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 Demonstration    2 pm

Join us for our second Bear spray demonstration with inert bear spray.  Meet outside in the stadium area west of the Main Day Lodge.

 

WildSmart Silent Auction   10 am – 2:30 pm

Local businesses and individuals have graciously contributed prizes ranging from outdoor adventures to gift cards to beautiful works of art! Throughout the day, Bear Day attendees will have the opportunity to bid on these items and help support and important, active community program at the same time! Check it out upstairs outside the Banquet room.

Getting Here

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

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

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

- Hungry? Fresh Trax 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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