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Staying safe & having fun


Wildlife Series Scat Belt

Lightweight and comfortable, Scat Belts are the better way to carry bear spray. Also access your smartphone, small personal items and more within seconds. Made of premium materials proven in the running and climbing worlds, Scat Belts are available in a variety of colors and two adjustable sizes for optimal fit.


You can hike, bike and run safely, look fashionable with bear spray and raise money for your favorite charity.



Are you a WildSmart Gardener?

Every year bears in the Bow Valley come into conflict with people by coming into developed areas such as the Town of Canmore and other communities within the Municipal District of Bighorn in search of natural and unnatural food. The bears begin to learn that developed areas can be a source of food which increases interactions between bears and people and creates a public safety concern.

This behavior often results in the bear being relocated or, at worst, killed.

One method of reducing the available attractants and associated conflict between bears and people is to refrain from planting plants, trees and shrubs in our gardens that attract bears (and other wildlife).

Check out this lovely tree in front of Elevation Place

Elevation Place Tree

Learn more about plants and trees to avoid, but also what to plant this spring.


Volunteer for wildlife

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Calling all Canmore/Banff Residents! Grizzly Bear Research needs you!!!

If you are a local trail users you are invited to take part in a focus group to discuss important grizzly bear issues.
26th June 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Address and Booking details on attached poster.

This focus group is part of important grizzly bear habitat use research, vital for future conservation efforts and I have attached some cool images taken from our trail camera traps if you would like to use.



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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