Alberta Bear

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the opening of the new Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) Centre, a life-sized case bronze bear has been erected on the University of Alberta campus. At the corner of 114 Street and 87 Ave, standing on guard in front of the Wilson Climbing Centre is the Alberta Bear.

The Alberta Bear, not to be confused with the Golden Bears (the university’s men’s varsity sport teams), reflects the university, the province and our natural heritage of mountains and prairie regions.

A natural and mythical symbol of strength, respect, and vision, the Alberta Bear reflects the Faculty, the University, and our province’s natural heritage.

A new tradition has been born at the University of Alberta! Graduates from across campus are celebrating their official graduation from university with cap and gown photos with the Alberta Bear.

Created by Wildlife Sculptor, Cathryn Jenkins and with the financial support of Clark Builders, the Alberta bear is a symbol of the university’s tradition and excellence. Our hope is for the Alberta Bear to inspire the realization of dreams, and to promote leadership through innovation, service, strength of character and integrity. 

Replica Alberta Bear

The Faculty has also commissioned a series of 100 bronze desk-top replicas of the Alberta Bear as a vital part of the Faculty’s fundraising campaign. Funds raised from the Alberta Bear campaign will be used directly to enhance the success of our students and enrich their experience through international scholarship support. The money raised will be placed into the new Physical Education and Recreation Gold Anniversary International Travel Scholarship Endowment.

For additional information about the replica Alberta Bear replica campaign please click here