Kananaskis Bear Day Highlights Wildlife Conservation and Safety

Kananaskis Bear Day Highlights Wildlife Conservation and Safety

Kananaskis Bear DayAs grizzly and black bears shake off the effects of their seasonal hibernation and Albertans make their camping plans for the upcoming season, Kananaskis Bear Day returns!

Alberta Parks and Wildsmart will host the annual Kananaskis Bear Day event on April 9 at the Canmore Nordic Centre – a hands-on, family-friendly day of activities and demonstrations designed to help people travel and recreate more safely in bear country.

“We’re expecting another spectacular summer season outdoors in Alberta’s provincial parks, and events like Kananaskis Bear Day are an important link to understanding how we share these landscapes with wildlife. I encourage all Albertans to explore our parks and public lands, and to learn more about bear country safety.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The grizzly bear population in Alberta was estimated at less than 700 in 2010, and grizzlies are designated as a threatened species in the province. Bear Day participants will learn about current research into bear habitat management, and reducing conflict with bears while enjoying the outdoors.

The day also includes safety talks and tips, a bear trapping demonstration, hands-on demonstrations of bear spray technique, wildlife and research displays, and a presentation on innovative wildlife crossings.

bear-day-photo-resizedKananaskis Bear Day

Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day Lodge, Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park (view map)

  • 10 a.m.: Bear safety talk
  • 11 a.m.: Bear spray demonstration
  • 11 a.m.: Conserving Wildlife and Large Landscapes
  • Noon: Official welcome
  • 12:15 p.m.: Bear trapping demonstration
  • 1 p.m.: Bear safety talk
  • 2 p.m.: Bear spray demonstration