Bison are an icon of Canada’s history. They are cultural and ecological keystone species that have returned to the region after nearly a 150-year absence. Join us to learn more about the important role that bison play in ensuring a nature-positive future.
Bison are ecosystem engineers. They shape the landscape in ways that help many other plants and animals, ranging from bugs to birds to bears. Shedding their winter fur that is used by birds to line their nests is one example of the many ways bison impact the ecosystem including:
- Grazing and wallowing creates habitat for a range of animals including elk, ground squirrels and badgers.
- As North America’s largest land mammal, bison provide a rich source of nutrients for scavengers, bears and wolves.
Bison are also vital to the history and culture of many indigenous peoples. For thousands of years, many Indigenous nations traveled through the Bow Valley hunting bison and burning forests and meadows to improve habitat quality for bison and other animals. For Indigenous peoples, bison traditionally provided a range of life-sustaining resources.
The Canmore Museum participates in the Restrictions Exemption Program. As a result, program registrants attending this onsite program will be required to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result (from within the last 48 hours) or a certificate of medical exemption along with one piece of photo ID. Wearng masks is also be required by all participants throughout the duration of the program This program will also be live streamed for those wishing to participate virtually.
Registration is required. Admission is by donation at the door.