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Canmore Bear Aware & Ha Ling Hike

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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RSVP opens April 9th at 7:00 PM

Read this page in its entirety before you RSVP Answer question #1 or you will be put on the waiting list.

Bear Aware 10:00 - 12:00 This “Bear Days” celebration is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Kananaskis Country’s grizzly bears.  Find out how to be safe and help make a positive difference when in bear country.

Park interpreters will have several displays with a variety of wildlife artifacts about grizzly bears and other wildlife in Kananaskis Country.  There’ll also be games and a scavenger hunt for the kids!

  • 10:00 a.m. – Bear spray demonstration
  • 10:30 a.m. - Bear trapping demonstration
  • 11:00 a.m. - Bear safety talk

Ha Ling Hike 1:00 - 5:00 Ha Ling is about a 6KM hike (roundtrip) with an elevation gain of about 750 meters. It will take us about 3 - 4 hours at a moderate pace. This is not a first-timers event. It is a steep switchbacking trail.

The Basics:

Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM Shouldice Arena - RED Dodge Caravan
Bear Aware Location
Canmore Civic Centre 902 7th Avenue

Difficulty Rating: T4: Intermediate - Difficult
Distance: 6 km
Elevation gain: 750 meters

Who can attend: Experienced Members only
Gear Requirements:
Dress for the weather - layers you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick

Hiking boots - Hiking poles
- Micro Spikes (maybe)
Bear spray
(and now you know how to use it)
Parch Repellant - 2 liters of H2O and snacks, and/or a lunch

Personal First Aid Kit
Money for commuting - $15 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver
WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.

Your Host may be slow, but he is steady; however, he is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current condition , current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.


COMMENTS & QUESTIONS: Please message Event Host directly for a speedier reply. Thanks for reading.

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  • Shawn

    thanks Paul for organizing a great day! The great outdoors becomes greater with great company; nice hiking with and meeting everyone.

    April 14, 2013

  • Paul

    Slow & steady, always ready...a hike up Ha Ling became a luge run down Sulphur. Learn to live in anticipation of the moment, and you'll expect the unexpected and ferret out the fun. This was a good day...worth remembering! Starting with a great coffee at Mercato's in Canmore (Shellie's favorite) followed by the Bear Aware to learn how bears are identified, captured. transported, tagged and relocated. We became seasoned pros with Bear Spray... Peter's form was flawless realizing afterwards the bear wasn't real but he shot it anyways cuz he said it looked board.
    Bad weather turned worse and we headed to Sulphur Mtn. where Master Woo lead the charge to the top in record time literally running the last 30 meters - ya should have seen it. Going down can be boring so to stave off the whiners (you know who you are) we created luge runs to enjoy off-trail slope maneuvers. The Hot Springs and Banff Ave. Brewery (thanks Daniel) completed the day. Remember to achieve the summit is only halfway.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Barb

    I think it was a great day!!! I feel prepared to go bear watching this summer!!! How exciting :D

    April 14, 2013

  • Peter C.

    Great day of bears and a great day with the Slows and Steadys.... Hope everyone made it home safely! Thanks Paul!

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Shellie

    A fantastic group. Thanks everyone. Was nice to meet each and everyone one of you:) Thanks Paul for organizing the trip.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Kathy

    Bear aware session was excellent. Paul thanks for the opportunity to attend. Always a pleasure!

    April 13, 2013

  • Asya

    Hello guys, I live in the NW, Dalhousie. May I join your hike tomorrow? I do not drive but have a park pass. Thank you!

    April 12, 2013

  • Barb

    OOOlllggaaa!!!!! :"""((((((
    If you want I can babysit Smikey on saturday :D I hear dogs are good at deterring bears!!!

    April 11, 2013

  • Olga


    April 11, 2013

  • Nancy

    Paul I was planning on meeting you at the Canmore civic centre. But would I be able to get a ride from you to the trailhead and then back to Canmore.

    April 9, 2013

  • Shellie

    Hey Paul

    April 8, 2013

  • Shawn

    Hey Paul I'm planning on RSVP'ing tomorrow. However, I'm having the same problem as last time in that I cannot find Question #1? Just being proactive here:)

    April 8, 2013

    • Mike S.

      The question is asked when RSVPing

      April 8, 2013

  • Laurel A.

    I plan on attending the bear info session anyway, as I live in Canmore, but I have an appointment back in Calgary Sat evening, so heading up Ha Ling with you (it would be my 25th ascent of it) may leave that timeline a bit tight for me. I won't put myself on the list, but I'll watch for those of you who have posted your photos and say hello if I recognize you at the bear aware segment.

    April 8, 2013

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  • Paul
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Shawn
    Premier Member
  • Nancy
    Premier Member, AST 1 , Navigation
  • Sidney
    狼 láng (Wolf) - Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Barb
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Peter C.
    Premier Member
  • Shellie
    Platinum Member, Co-Organizer
  • Tobi
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
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