Canadian Rockies: Get amongst the wildlife!
You know that feeling of travelling to a place and wishing you could stay forever? The vibrant Canadian Rocky Mountains are one of these places. Home to a dazzling array of mountain peaks, lush mountain meadows, emerald lakes, towering waterfalls and not to mention some of the best wildlife viewing in the world, the Rocky Mountains just have to be experienced.
For those seeking the ultimate wildlife viewing experience, we suggest heading to Banff National Park. Located a scenic hour and a half drive west of Calgary this 1,641,027 acre park is one of the most popular in the world. With over 7,500 people calling this park home, you’re as likely to encounter the locals as you are the resident wildlife.
Here’s our top list of animals not to miss in the lush Banff National Park.
The Grizzly and Black bear
There are more Grizzly bears than black bears in Banff National Park. At present, it’s estimated that approximately 80 grizzly bears and 60 black bears reside in the park. Generally these beautiful creatures inhabit the backcountry wilderness and subalpine forest, but occasionally they can be seen along the roadside.
With some 41 wildlife over and underpasses, you’re bound to see some bighorn sheep along the fence lines at some point. These rams have massive, spiralled horns and generally spend the cooler months at lower elevations and can be seen from the roads.
If there is one large animal that you are almost guaranteed to see during your visit to Banff National Park it is elk. Simular to deer, Elk are a vital part of the natural Banff’s ecology. Approximately 3,200 of them can be found in the park, with over 900 of them live in the lower Bow Valley close to the town of Banff.
Viewing a moose in the Canadian Rockies is rare. These animals are approximately the same size as a horse and tend to be more elusive, staying mostly nearer the wetland areas and by streams deep in the forest.
For those of you running short on time when visiting this national park, we’d suggest jumping on the Lake Louise Gondola. Throughout the summer, the Lake Louise Ski Area becomes prime Grizzly habitat and there is no better – or safer – place to discover Grizzly Bears in the Canadian Rockies. Sightings occur almost daily.
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