Bears are up. For a detailed report for the Bow Valley, view the Wild Smart Biosphere Institute bear report at: Wild Smart Bear Report
As we head into mid September, it's important that we take extra wildlife cautions. Bears are busy putting on the extra winter calories and Elk are typically heading to lower elevations and will start their rut within the next couple of weeks. Bull Elks are particularly more aggressive at this time of the season. Here's some more information on Elk safety: Elk Safety article 1 Elk Safety article 2 Be Outdoors. Be Prepared.
Very excited for the mental health and further enjoyment of the outdoors opening more parks will bring as Parks Canada continues to open up the parks. If you're wondering what parks are opening in your area, here's the full list of Parks across Canada. Parks Canada Full List of Parks Reopening including special instructions Hotels in Banff, Alberta What's open in Banff, Alberta Be Outdoors. Be Prepared.
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