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Bear Day 2017!

 Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day!

Mark Saturday, April 8th on your calendars!  To coincide with bears’ emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Environment & Parks and WildSmart are once again hosting Bear Day! This years event will take place 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 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, bear talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a scavenger hunt for the kids (and adults)!  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  9:30 am and end at 3 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the majority of activities will take place indoors.

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Schedule of Events

9:30 am   - WildSmart Silent Auction starts (closes at 2:45 pm)

9:30 am   – Bear Safety Talk

10:00 am – Bear Spray Demonstration

10:30 am  - Stoney Traditional Use Study of Grizzly Bear Management

11:00 am  - Bear Spray Demonstration

12:00 pm  – Bear Day Official Welcome

12:30 pm  - Bear Trapping Demonstraton

1:15 pm    – Bear Spray Demonstration

1:45 pm    - Bear Safety Talk

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 hiking or camping 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.  Meet outside in the stadium area west of the Main Day Lodge.


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.


WildSmart Silent Auction   

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 an important, active community program at the same time! Check it out upstairs outside the Banquet room. 

Getting Here

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.

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- Hungry? The 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:

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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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