bear spray

When recreating in bear country, your best strategy to avoid an encounter is to make lots of noise, stay in groups and be alert for signs of bears. In the rare case of an aggressive confrontation, bear spray is your best defense. Learn what to look for when purchasing bear spray and how to use it effectively.

© Amar Athwal

© Amar Athwal


Bears, cougars, wolves, and elk are all residents of the Bow Valley. While in most cases wildlife have no interest in encountering humans, confrontations do happen. Learn more about what you can do to avoid negative encounters.


attractant management resources

Learn more about natural and unnatural attractants, including what you can do to reduce attractants at home.

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nature for newcomers

Nature for Newcomers provides New Canadians and English as a Second Language residents and visitors with information on wildlife safety in their native language.


living with wildlife film

The 25-minute documentary Living with Wildlife illustrates the culture around living with wildlife in the Bow Valley, described as the busiest place in the world where people and grizzly bears continue to coexist.

podcasts and other media

Over the years, the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley has made recordings from some of our Speaker Series presentations. They are available to listeners here.