No one dares to breathe as we 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, and when he turns his majestic head and stares right into your camera lens, you know you’ve got the shot of a lifetime. And you just nailed 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, beaver, coyotes, white-tailed and mule deer are often spotted.
And for all you birdwatchers, Alberta is the only place in North America where the prairie, boreal forest and mountain ecosystems coexist. As a result, the province is a haven for indigenous and migratory birds – more than 400 species, and counting. Spring and fall migrations are optimal viewing times.