The Environmental Education and Ethics Centre. Photo: Courtesy Ralph Klein Park.
Located in the city’s southeast, the Shepard Wetlands at Ralph Klein Provincial Park is the largest man-made urban wetland in the country and the cornerstone of the city’s wetland conservation efforts.
The wetland was created to control flooding and naturally purify urban runoff as it flows toward the Bow River.
Opened in 2011, the park is named for former Calgary mayor and Alberta premier Ralph Klein and is home to the Environmental Education and Ethics Centre. The interpretive learning venue houses an art studio, classrooms, meeting rooms and viewing decks. (more…)
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