Sep. 2, 2016
By Afton Aikens
Exploring the Bow Valley doesn’t have to drain your wallet. There’s plenty of things to do that let you see the best of the area without costing a cent.
Take your bike on a scenic cycle path or go for a swim at a beautiful lake beach. Wander through local markets, historical sites and viewpoints and entertain the kids with activity packs and shows. Let the free fun commence!
Courtesy Travel Alberta
The large, curled horns of the male Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep can weigh up to 14 kg (30 lbs), more than all its bones combined! Rams use their horns as a status symbol and weapon when fighting for dominance or mating rights. Combatants rear up and charge at up to 32 km (20 mi) an hour. The clash of horns echoes through the mountains as the encounter repeats (sometimes for hours) until one ram submits and walks away. Murray Morgan of Jasper Adventure Ctr suggests watching for bighorn sheep by the Athabasca River bridge where Maligne Rd meets Hwy 16. —RM
Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside
Canmore author John Marriott has photographed animals since he was six years old—find his Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies: A Glimpse on the Wildside at local bookstores. His top picks for wildlife viewing are:
1 Lake Minnewanka Loop: Bighorn sheep (especially at the Lake) and elk
2 Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Castle Mountain: Deer, coyotes, bighorn sheep and elk
3 Bow Valley Parkway between Castle Mountain and Lake Louise: Black and grizzly bears
4 Vermilion Lakes: Bald eagles, waterfowl, elk and coyotes. Try sightseeing by canoe
5 Icefields Parkway between Weeping Wall and Columbia Icefield: Mountain goats and bighorn sheep