Want to canoe, fish or paddleboard in Banff National Park? Get a valid Self-Certification Permit!

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Parks Canada has recently introduced new restrictions on water activities in Banff National Park. The use of non-motorized watercraft, fishing equipment, and aquatic recreational equipment are restricted in all waterbodies within the Park at all times to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Aquatic Invasive Species are fish, plants, etc. species that have been introduced to a new waterbody. …

What to Do If A Bear Approaches You

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Nobody wants to be approached by a bear, but sometimes it happens. Getting prepared and knowing the correct thing to do are crucial and can be life-saving. If a bear walks towards you, first of all remain calm, and prepare to use your bear spray. Learn how to properly use bear spray. Assess the bear’s behaviour and try to determine why …

Calgary Pathways, Bikeways & Trails

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In the late 1960s, Calgarians began envisioning a system of connected pathways on which they could travel throughout the city and access areas of unique natural beauty. Today, Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America, maintaining approximately 1,000 km of regional pathways and 96 km of trails connecting communities, parks and natural areas including: …

The Centre City Banner Program at Downtown Calgary

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You may have seen some new colourful artwork if you have entered the downtown core recently. Local Artist, Jarett Sitter, has designed six pieces which have been placed on five bridges leading into the core and on the Olympic Plaza pergola, acting as gateways to Calgary’s downtown and cultural district. The Centre City Banner Program engages local artists to create …

On-It Regional Transit Resumes Calgary to Banff & Canmore Service June 4

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Don’t drive but still want to visit Banff and Canmore from Calgary? On-It Regional Transit is resuming the Calgary to Banff/Canmore service on Friday, June 4, 2021. Enhanced cleaning and safety program initiatives include: Mandatory face masks for all passengers. Reserved seating. Thorough sanitation of buses and all high contact areas. Hand sanitizer available on all buses for passenger and …

E-Scooters Back to Calgary for Summer 2021

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E-Scooters are come back to Calgary for the summer beginning this weekend! Two companies have been awarded a permit to operate: Bird Canada Neuron Canada To help alleviate sidewalk congestion, e-Scooters are now permitted on roadways with lower volumes of traffic, such as 13 Ave S.W. You can ride shared e-Scooters on the bicycle lanes, pathways, and empty roadways and …

Tips to Avoid Bear Encounters

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Do the following to avoid bear encounters: Remain alert. Shouting regularly or singing loudly is far more effective than using bear bells. Keep your ears open. Do not wear headphones or earbuds while on trails. Watch for fresh bear signs. Tracks, digs, droppings and carrion indicate that a bear may have been in the area. Leave the area if the …

About Canada Geese and How to Avoid Conflicts with Them

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Fun facts about Canada Geese Throughout Canada, there are 11 subspecies of the Canada Goose. Canada Geese can live up to 20 years. The oldest known wild goose was a 33-year-old female. They feed on grasses but also eat garbage or compost. And in case you haven’t noticed, geese are quite comfortable in an urban environment, such in towns and …

Daily / Yearly Pass Required to Kananaskis Country Starting June 1

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Starting June 1, 2021, you are required to purchase a daily or yearly Kananaskis Conservation Pass to experience Kananaskis Country and the Bow Valley Corridor. All vehicles stopping in these areas will need to purchase a pass to support conservation efforts in these areas. Buy your pass online and register your licence plate starting June 1. No stickers or hangtags …