Focus on the sound of branches snapping in the bushes. There’s definitely something big in there. An enormous bull elk emerges from the thicket, turns his majestic head and stares right at you. Where’s that camera when you need it? You’ve just been introduced to one of Alberta’s all-stars – elk, moose, bear, bison, cougar and wolf.
Accessible and rewarding wildlife viewing is year round in Alberta. Set off at dawn or in the evening, when the animals are most active. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, beavers, coyotes, grizzly and black bears, white-tailed and mule deer are often spotted. Professional guides and wildlife photographers can help you spot and capture the photo of a lifetime.
In the Canadian Rockies, the grizzly is the king of bears. In summertime the Lake Louise Gondola is one of the best spots in Alberta for bear watching. From the safety of the gondola or the platform and interpretive centre at the top, you can observe wild bears on almost any summer day.