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Bow Valley WildSmart is a program of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and relies entirely on donations and sponsors.
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Report any sightings of bears, cougars or wolves
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emergencies call 9-1-1

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We need your help to provide programs to the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Region

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Our Mission


The WildSmart Community program is a proactive conservation strategy that encourages efforts by communities to reduce negative human-wildlife interactions.


Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.


The program was first established in 2005 by a coalition of local interest groups including businesses, environmental groups, and public, municipal and provincial government agencies. It has since evolved into a permanent program within the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.


The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley is a non-profit charitable society dedicated to the ecological integrity of the Bow Valley for the well-being of the ecosystem and those who live here, through education, research and outreach. Learn more at

How to donate:

To make a contribution
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Biosphere Institute of the
Bow Valley
Suite 201, 600a 9th Street
Canmore, AB T1W 2T2
Tel: 403-678-3445×4
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Living with wildlife: Steve Michel at TEDxCanmore


Living and recreating amongst wildlife comes with great rewards, but also with great privilege and responsibility. All too often worldwide, some species of wildlife, particularly large predators, have been regarded as inconvenient or something to be feared. Our visceral response to those emotions often results in lethal consequences for the wildlife that frequent areas near our communities. While investigating some of the simple solutions we can employ to live in harmony with wildlife, this talk will explore whether we actually have the necessary tolerance to live with all the species that comprise our ecosystem.


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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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