Province of Alberta Warnings and Dangers

  • Do Not Feed the Animals!
    Do Not Feed the Animals!
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  • Do Not Feed the Animals!
    Do Not Feed the Animals!
    by RavensWing
  • Do Not Feed the Animals!
    Do Not Feed the Animals!
    by RavensWing

Province of Alberta Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety in Edmonton

    Edmonton Warnings and Dangers

    If you're sightseeing in Edmonton for some reason, most of the places you'd probably be actually interested in going are pretty safe. Obviously, the area around the Stadium and Rexall place are not the nicest places to be, but when there's something going on there, there'll be a substantial crowd and therefore no real danger (but keep an eye on...

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Warnings and Dangers

    We got up fairly early on our second day in Calgary still trying to beat jet lag and cope with the time difference. Watching the news on TV at 7,30 we saw a report on the crowds who had pitched their seats at 4.30am and the streets were being closed at 8.00 Thoughts were "Ah well might as well go down town anyway" Could not believe the size of the...

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  • Beware off and respect Wildlife.

    Banff National Park Warnings and Dangers

    They may be cute and thy may look friendly but DO NOT feed the animals. This little guy has obviously been acclimitized to human contact which is not a good thing. These are wild animals. Sooner or later this the chipmunk will bite somebody or become so reliant on handouts that he won't be able to fend for himself. Let wild animals stay wild....

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  • wild animals!

    Banff Warnings and Dangers

    Yes they may be cute - you may feel the desire to take pictures of them - you may want to even pet them. Always remember that they are wild animals. The animals in the park always seem to be in their rutting time. Each animal has it's own time. Never feed the animals. A fed bear is a dead bear! Not only are they dangerous wild animals but it's...

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  • Watch Out for Wild Animals!

    Jasper National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Yes they may be cute - you may feel the desire to take pictures of them - you may want to even pet them. Always remember that they are wild animals. The animals in the park always seem to be in their rutting time. Each animal has it's own time. Never feed the animals. A fed bear is a dead bear! Not only are they dangerous wild animals but it's...

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  • Driving in Edmonton

    Edmonton Warnings and Dangers

    Edmonton hasn't always been as bad as it is today about 10 years ago it was almost the opposite of what it is today some conjestion around rush hour but then people started flocking here more and more and here we are. Most drivers here suffer from obsessive ignorance and serious entitlement issues. I drive laps of Edmonton daily and I can safely...

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  • Mountains

    Calgary Warnings and Dangers

    It amazes me how often I see tourists get out of their cars to photograph or feed wild animals. Do so if you like. Just remember the incident this year (2001) of a man who put peanut butter on his son's hand and sent him to feed it to the bear so he could get a picture. This is a true story and you do not want to know the rest of it. ...

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  • Be aware of lots of mosquitos

    Banff National Park Warnings and Dangers

    In summer, there seem to be a lot of mosquitos, especially on the campgrounds. You should wear a net over your face, to be protected of mosquito bites. West nil virus is spreading more and more in this area! On some campgrounds (especially Porcupine and Lake Magog Campground) it was even impossible to leave the tent!

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  • Weather in Edmonton

    Edmonton Warnings and Dangers

    Living in Alberta all my life, and being a severe weather enthusiest. Alberta and it's capital city, Edmonton, is subject to huge powerful supercell thunderstorms that spawn between 32-112 tornadoes a year. Appearently not as rare as once thought. Fortunatly, Edmonton has tornado sirens and the Alberta Emergency Public Warning System. Be Aware of...

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  • Take enough water clothing and food...

    Banff National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Between Porcupine campground and Lake Og Campground you will not find any water resources! Thus you should take a lot of water when leaving Porcupine. We ran out of water while hiking through the Valley of Rocks and had to stop every 20 minutes due to the hot burning sun!

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  • Stay on the designated trails!!!!

    Banff National Park Warnings and Dangers

    When trying to find the trail between the Citadel Peak and the Brewster Creek, you should follow the stone heaps. If you get lost you can find the trail, after two small lakes on the right side of the creek (this is where the creek starts!) - you can see the two lakes in the background of the picture I added. It is a horse trail and thus not very...

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  • soo Many Tourist

    Banff National Park Warnings and Dangers

    Though blurry, I wanted to share this pic of a rock slide that is taking up part of Hwy 93 ...... for 2 days I'd seen signs warning of avalanches and poo-poo'd them all .. until I drove by this bit of road. This slide was taking up half of one lane of this 2 lane Hwy ... and some folks were wierd about taking their time and letting others by...

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  • Watch the weather!

    Summertime heating can bring on the occasional tornado and severe thunderstorms. While not a severe as those in other places, they can still cause major damage and loss of life.The most recent tornado swept through a small lakeside campground east of Red Deer, near Pine Lake. The deadliest tornado swept through the east side of Edmonton in 1985...

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  • Animal Warning signs ....

    I did see some critters - some even in the road just standing there waiting for me to slow and stop .... but driving and phtography don't always go together at the same time. I did manage to snap a picture of one of their typical animal shaped signs ........ they're reflective, so at night they pop right out at ya!.As I was snapping this picture...

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  • Read and follow warning signs ......

    You'll need to click on this picture to see just how stupid some people can be ....... this couple went under the gaurd rails at Athabasca Falls and were walking on top of the falls to get pictures of themselves .... okay, some may find this adventurous, I find this riduculous!!1- the first rule of rescue work is not to endanger the rescuer and...

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  • Rock slides are real .....

    Though blurry, I wanted to share this pic of a rock slide that is taking up part of Hwy 93 ...... for 2 days I'd seen signs warning of avalanches and poo-poo'd them all .. until I drove by this bit of road. This slide was taking up half of one lane of this 2 lane Hwy ... and some folks were wierd about taking their time and letting others by ...So,...

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  • People, people, everywhere!!!

    If you are wandering the parks during the high summer season, expect to me around a lot of fellow tourists, whether you want to or not ;) Despite the overcast and drizzly weather, there were still people EVERYWHERE!! This was actually a problem for my whole trip .... lots of people at the places I thought I wanted to see the most .... though I...

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  • Speed traps in disquise ....

    I have to say, I never, ever saw a law enforcement vehicle my entire journey through Alberta! For this urban American, I found that eirie ...... but pretty cool too!I did find out one moderatly high tech means they do use to keep an eye on folks on the road ... these construction zone signs that clock your speed - some of them also have cameras...

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  • Da Bears!

    I never actually saw a bear, but with the weather changing, and hibernation nearing, there were a lot of bear sightings during my stay. There are signs and pamplets to educate folks about wildlife encounter safety ....... but this little handwritten sign at Sulphur Gates staging area was the most impressive sign I saw on my entire journey. It was...

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  • When nature calls ......

    In the US, we are used to using restrooms located at truck stops and gas stations. But while traveling Alberta, I noticed that those sorts of bathrooms were not necessarily the cleanest ... actually these were the dirtiest facilities I'd experienced in quite a while .....On the other hand, I found the Mecca of road trip potty breaks was really .......

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  • Winter Weather

    When driving in Alberta between the months of October and May, be aware of severe winter weather. The snow and ice on the roads have a tendency to be quite hazardous, especially in Edmonton. If you do plan to drive through during this time, please be careful.

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  • Alaska-Canadian Highway

    If you decide to travel far on the Al-Can Hwy, especially up into north Alberta and beyond, be aware that gas stations/rest stops become very scarce. You may see one and then not another for hundreds of miles! So be sure to use them even if you think you are okay on gas, etc. Also, since it is so isolated extra items for car repair (i.e. spare...

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  • Really Dry Air

    Especially in the winter the air in Alberta gets extremly dry. Almost all Albertans seem to use moisteriser. Yes even the men. If a few days you will notice the skin on your face and hands getting tight. In a week they will start to crack. I have heard this from every person who has traveled here. Unless you come from a dry climate or have...

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  • Drive carefully

    You need to drive carefully as there is abundant wildlife, in many cases right on the highway. You actually have to drive around them slowly. This is especially the case around Jasper.

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  • Area to Avoid at Night

    Like all major cities world wide, there are places to avoid at night and Edmonton is no exception. Almost all of 118 avenue and the immediate area of major streets that intersect 118 ave should be avoided at night. Realistically you could walk down here a hundred times and nothing could happen to you (I live around here and have had hardly in...

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  • Two Seasons

    In Edmonton there is two distinct seasons, winter and construction. Because of the extreme differences in temperature roads need to be repaired often. Usually it's not that bad but sometimes it can cause huge traffic delays. During dry days in the summer listen to radio reports occasionally to here where the road work is being done to avoid too...

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  • Stay away from Bears

    They may look cute and cuddly, but they really are not. If you encounter a bear along a road, and you probably will, please don't ever get out of your car to try and get a closer photo.When out hiking, you should try to be noisy, either talking, whistling, singing or just stomping along so that you don't come upon a bear unexpectedly. If he hears...

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  • The White Pelican Status:...

    The White Pelican Status: Although it was removed from the national list of threatened species in 1987, the American white pelican is still considered endangered in Alberta. The population here is increasing (from 548 nesting pairs in 1980 to over 1,000 today) but fewer than half of the 20 known historic nesting islands are still in use. Habitat:...

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  • The Ferruginous Hawk ...

    The Ferruginous Hawk Status: In the early 1900s, ferruginous hawks nested throughout south and central Alberta as far north as Edmonton. By 1987, nesting birds were found no further north than Coronation. Biologists estimate there are now 1,400 to 1,700 breeding pairs in the province, over half the Canadian population. Habitat: Uncultivated...

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  • The Northern Leopard Frog ...

    The Northern Leopard Frog Status: Once the most widespread frog species in North America, the number of northern leopard frogs began to decline in the mid 1960s. In Alberta, most populations remained healthy until about 1979 when they mysteriously disappeared from most sites in the central and southern parts of the province. In 1990, only half of...

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  • Bull Trout Status: At one...

    Bull Trout Status: At one time, bull trout were common to all the major river systems flowing from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains as far as Alberta's prairie and parkland.When anglers began stocking streams with new species in the early 1900s, many saw bull trout as unwanted predators that fed on the more favored species. They removed...

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  • The Woodland Caribou ...

    The Woodland Caribou Status: In 1985 woodland caribou were added to Alberta's endangered wildlife list. Their numbers have been declining since early this century. Today, fewer than 7,000 remain, sparsely distributed over northern and west-central Alberta. Habitat: Most remain in forested habitats year-round. The mountain population of caribou...

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  • The Piping Plover Status: A...

    The Piping Plover Status: A 1986 survey found fewer than 300 piping plovers in Alberta, mostly near Provost, Hanna and Medicine Hat. Since 1985, this species has been considered endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Behavior: Piping plovers probably winter in the southern and southeastern U.S., Mexico and a...

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  • Swift Fox Status:...

    Swift Fox Status: Endangered. Swift fox disappeared entirely from Canada in the early 1900s. Reintroduction programs in the last 15 years have established a small population of 150-200 in the southern prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Size: Smallest of the North American wild dogs. An adult weighs 2 to 3 kilograms. Food: Swift foxes hunt...

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  • The Western Blue Flag ...

    The Western Blue Flag Although not an animal the Western Blue Flag is in danger of becoming extinct. Status: Surveys in the late 1980s found only six populations of western blue flag, with a total of fewer than 7,500 stems. It is considered rare and potentially endangered in Alberta. Habitat: Moist meadows and stream banks that are wet early in...

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  • The Trumpeter Swan Status:...

    The Trumpeter Swan Status: Trumpeters are the rarest swan in the world. They used to be abundant in North America but by the early 1900s, they were nearly extinct. Huge numbers had been shot for their down, feathers or meat. Increasing settlement disturbed suitable nesting areas. Appearance: This species is the largest swan in the world. It is...

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  • The Peregrine Falcon ...

    The Peregrine Falcon Status: Endangered throughout Canada. Populations in southern Canada were established with captive-bred young and remain small. Twenty years ago there were no breeding pairs in southern Alberta. Now there are 30 pairs across the province. Appearance: Slim birds with a small head and long, thin, pointed wings. Similar in size...

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  • The Burrowing Owl Status:...

    The Burrowing Owl Status: In the late 1970s there were about 2,100 breeding pairs left in Canada. By 1987, the population had dropped by half, with 700 pairs remaining in Alberta.After continued decline, burrowing owl status was upgraded from threatened to endangered this year. Behavior: Burrowing owls only spend the summer in Alberta. It's not...

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  • Many of Alberta's wild...

    Many of Alberta's wild animals are in danager of becoming Extinct. Whooping Crane Status: U.S. Wildlife officials counted 149 whooping cranes in November 1995, the most since the American government began taking censuses in the 1930s. In the late 1800s, there were about 1,500 birds in the aspen parkland and prairie regions of Western Canada and...

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