is plentiful in the region but don't expect to see animals all the
time and anywhere this is not the Serengeti, even though
some guide books make it seem that way.
chances for wildlife viewing are from October to May, when many
animals move to lower elevations. For bears, the best time of year
is June to early August. There are no poisonous animals to worry
about and encounters with bears, cougars or wolves on the trails
are extremely rare and no reason for concern if you take the basic
precautions. If you are unsure, ask us for advice.
(wapiti). Photo taken in Banff National Park.
the larger mammals, you are most likely to see deer, elk (wapiti),
mountain sheep, and coyote. Rabbits, ground squirrels and chipmunks
as well as squirrels are common. Depending on the location, time
of year and day, a reasonable chance exists for spotting moose,
bears, mountain goats, pine marten, beaver whereas sightings of
wolves, cougar, wolverine or otters are very rare. Birds can
be observed at any time of the year. Fishing in lakes and
streams is possible, including ice fishing in winter.