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Activities Northern Alberta



blcitours 313 3 Ave NE, Slave Lake, T0G 2A2 (780) 849-3574
Pink Mountain Outfitters Box 29, Alder Flats, T0C 0A0 (780) 388-2205


Horseback Adventures PO Box 73, Brule, T0E 0C0

Hunt & Fish


The Bear Company (403) 772-3435
Bear Paw Outfitting
Chinchaga River Hunt Box 6696, Peace River
Goose Master (877) 544-6673
Wild Kakwa Outfitters RR3, Site 3, Box 13, Grande Prairie, T8V 5N3 (780) 513-1338

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Namur Lake Lodge Finest fly-in fishing
Ranchland Outfitters Box 926, Elk Point, T0A 1A0 (780) 210-0411
Reel in Resort Faust (780) 355-2727
Winefred Lake Lodge Premier fishing resort

Snow & Ice


Nitehawk Ski Area (780) 532-6637
Whispering Pines Variety of abilities, ski or snowboard together

Sports & Recreation

Grande Prairie Soccer Association 11319 105 St (780) 513-9525
Leisure Centre 11313 105 St (780) 538-0406



Wild Blue Yonder White Water Rafting Adventure travel and white water rafting

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The population of the wood bison (also known as buffalo) in Canada was devastated by hunting and other factors. Bison were hunted as a source of meat for supplying trading posts and for making high quality pemmican.
Conservation efforts for bison began in Canada in 1877 when the Buffalo Protection Act was passed. However, this legislation was largely ineffective due to the lack of enforcement. The population of the wood bison was regarded as extremely rare or perhaps nearly extinct. With the establishment of a Northwest Mounted Police post at Fort Fitzgerald on the Slave River in 1907, the wood bison began to recover.
The Wood Buffalo National Park, on the Northwest Territories/Alberta border, was established in 1922 for the purpose of providing protection for the wood bison and their habitat.

Wood-Buffalo-NP_Waldbison_98-07-02The numbers of the wood bison in the wild increased and you can find herds in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. In 1988, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada changed the subspecies' conservation status from "endangered" to "threatened".
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Elk Island National Park (EINP) is home to the most genetically pure wood bison remaining since 1965. Parks Canada maintains the wood bison herd in Elk Island National Park to serve as a nursery herd to establish and augment wood bison populations in Canada. It also includes managing the population and providing surplus animals to international conservation initiatives such as the transfer to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), on the basis of contributing to the global security of wood bison. For more information about the Canadian Wildlife Service and Parks Canada Agency conservation projects Read more…


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