Visitor Guides

Radium Hot Springs Visitor Guide

Visitor Guides

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 6 of 35

NATURE AT YOUR DOORSTEP While many may make their way into Radium Hot Springs for the golf, dining, hiking and other exceptional attractions the Village boasts, you may be quickly surprised to discover that it's one of the best places in the country to view the magnifi cent mountain wildlife in its natural habitat. Thanks mostly to the small area Radium encompasses, the town is perfectly situated to incorporate various species of wildlife on the borders of the community with numerous types making their way into the Village itself. Combined with the wetlands to the neighbouring west and the rugged mountain landscape surrounding the other sides of the Village, the area is nearly guaranteed to manifest a sighting of a unique wildlife species during a stay in Radium. For many, the mere mention of Radium Hot Springs is synon- ymous with the bighorn sheep that surround the community and even call it home. The herd, approximately 140 animals, roam throughout the Village and are frequently seen just o Highway 93/95 south of Radium. Look for sheep sunning themselves on the side of nearby hills during the day or meandering their way to the outskirts of the Village in the evenings. It is the bighorn sheep that helped spawn one of Radium's most celebrated annual events in the Headbanger Festival occurring in the late fall of each year. The popular multi-day event acts as an educational seminar for visitors and residents on the life of the sheep and other wildlife in the local area while also highlighting to people where to see wildlife and what to do if you were ever to fi nd yourself in an encounter with one. The sheer force that the male animals exert on one another during the fall rutting season should tell people that, although these animals may be adjusted to human life inside the Village, it is not safe to approach them in hopes of getting a photograph or touching the sheep themselves. While it may be more common to see ungulates like the bighorn sheep, mule and whitetail deer, elk and mountain goats, there are also more elusive animals such as grizzlies, black bears, coyotes, cougars and wolves that live in the surrounding ar- eas around the Village. It is important to remember that any interaction should be non-invasive and that feeding wildlife is not permitted in any way and can carry a signifi cant fi ne. For those visitors who don't encounter wildlife during their stay or want a safe way to do so, the Visitor Information Centre has a unique display of fi ve di erent forms of wildlife that people can view, in addition to a table full of antlers, skulls and claws people can touch to experience the real size and weight of the animal. Both the grizzly and black bear species are on display, along with the mountain goat, bighorn sheep and cougar, which are all life-sized and include information to give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the animals in addition to viewing their magnifi - cent frames. A wildlife experience in Radium is one you can't replicate any- where else in Canada and is one visitors re- member for a lifetime. ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP - KRISTIN MCCAULEY GRIZZLY BEAR - KRISTIN MCCAULEY BLACK BEAR CUB - KRISTIN MCCAULEY R a d i u m H o t S p r i n g s Vi s i t o r G u i d e 2 0 1 7 • 7

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Visitor Guides - Radium Hot Springs Visitor Guide