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Mark Saturday, April 18th on your calendars! To coincide with bears’ emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Parks and WildSmart are once again hosting the 10th annual Bear Day at the 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 for the public to learn more about Kananaskis Country’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 safety talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a scavenger hunt for the kids! Learn how to camp safely in bear country, and view grizzly bear and other wildlife displays. We will also have hikes for families to learn the ins and outs of being “bear aware” on the trail in a fun and interactive way (registration required).
This is a FREE family-friendly event! Activities begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the majority of activities will take place indoors.
Schedule of Events
9:30 am Bear safety talk
10:00 am Bear spray demonstration
10:30 am Talk: Nose to nose grizzly encounte
11:00 am Bear spray demonstration
12:00 pm Bear Day Welcome and Prize Draw
12:30 pm Bear trapping demonstration
1:15 pm Bear Spray demonstration
1:45 pm Bear safety talk
2:15 pm Bear Spray demonstration
Bear Safety Talk 9:30 am and 1:45 pm
Do you know how to behave when you’re in bear country? Join a Conservation Officer for a 45-minute talk on how to reduce your risk of encounters with bears and what to do should an encounter occur when recreating in bear country. Meet in the Banquet Room upstairs.
Talk: Nose to Nose Grizzly Encounter 10:30 am
As many people are drawn to the wild places, adequate, purposeful and deliberate preparation in anticipation of bear encounters protects both bears and humans. Join Mya Helena Myllykoski, Associate Professor at Mount Royal University, as she shares her experiences with her son Alex when a grizzly mauling was stopped with a bite to a can of bear spray! Surviving and thriving from this encounter, the lessons learned and gifts received are shared while highlighting the optimal mental and physical preparation needed before setting foot into our wild places. Meet in the Banquet Room upstairs.
Please note: This presentation contains images from the bear encounter that some viewers may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Bear Spray Demonstrations 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, and 2:15 pm
Bear spray demonstrations with inert bear spray are being offered throughout the day. Come try it out for yourself! Meet in the stadium area west of the Main Day Lodge.
Family Hike 10:30 am, 1:15 pm, and 2:15 pm
Join WildSmart and Alberta Parks staff for this fun and educational walk through bear country! You’ll learn how to use bear spray and how to prepare for a hike in bear habitat. On the trail you’ll practice how to avoid bears and how to handle a variety of different bear encounters with help from the WildSmart bear. This hike is designed for families and children must be accompanied by an adult. Register at the welcome table to participate in this walk (group limit: 25 people).
Bear Day Official Welcome 12 noon – 12:25 pm
Join municipal, provincial and First Nations dignitaries as we welcome bears back from their long winter sleep. Meet at the bear culvert trap west of the Main Day Lodge.
Bear Trapping Demonstration 12:30 pm
How does a bear culvert trap work? Why does Alberta Parks want to trap adult female grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Valley? Join Alberta Parks staff at 12:30 pm as they trap a grizzly bear “volunteer” in this ½ hour demonstration. Meet at the bear culvert trap west of the Main Day Lodge.