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SPRING - MARCH TO MAY

The Montane wildflowers of the foothills and Front Ranges are at their best at this time of the year, including beautiful glacier lilies, globe flowers, western anemones, prairie crocus and venus slippers.

Columbian & golden mantled ground squirrels have emerged from hibernation, and grizzly and black bears are foraging in the valley bottoms for succulent vegetation.

To the east of the Rockies, through the foothills and prairies, birds abound during the spring migration, including tundra swans, black-necked stilts, American avocets, willets, marbled godwits, Wilson's phalaropes, Franklin's gulls and a great variety of prairie ducks and shorebirds.

In May and June we can arrange for bird photography from blinds. These tours are limited to a maximum of 3 people. Bird blinds are supplied.


SUMMER - JUNE TO AUGUST

Summer in the Rockies provides access to high alpine meadows with a dazzling display of wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush, purple saxifrage, moss campion, mountain fireweed, bracted louseworth, Parry's townsendia, alpine harebell and many others.

Wildlife subjects include hoary marmots, pikas, white-tailed ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat. Sometimes we have the opportunity to safely photograph grizzly and black bears. And, of course, there are unlimited opportunities to photograph spectacular waterfalls, striking glaciers, and azure lakes.


FALL - SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

One of the best times of the year to discover the Canadian Rockies, foothills and prairies is in autumn when visitors to the National and Provincial Parks are few. The elk, moose and mule deer rutting season is at its peak. Golden aspen and alpine larch carpet the valleys and mountain slopes. The first snowfall of the season covers the highest peaks. Mountain landscape and wildlife photography is outstanding.

In the Kananaskis Valley we can experience the annual golden eagle migration between Alaska and the southern United States. Over 3000 golden eagles migrate south soaring from peak to peak along the Rocky Mountain chain.


WINTER - DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY

Numerous large mammals and birds are active in the Canadian Rockies during the winter. Spruce and pine forests rise to spectacular snow-covered mountain slopes and ice-shrouded peaks. It is one of the finest mountain ranges for winter photography in North America.

Elk, mule deer and coyote are the most commonly seen mammals in winter, although others, such as moose, white-tailed deer, and snowshoe hare, can also be sighted, along with tracks of cougar, wolves and lynx.

In high subalpine meadows, white-tailed ptarmigan tracks crisscross through willow thickets, and Clark's nutcracker, Canada jay, raven, and several species of chickadee are commonly seen.