Canada Wildlife Holidays
Spot Canada’s Big 5
Canada is the perfect holiday destination for any animal enthusiast, and to make it easier to spot some of the country’s most fascinating and diverse wildlife we’ve listed our very own Canadian Big 5:
- • Whale
- • Bear
- • Wolf
- • Eagle
- • Moose
In Canada, wildlife comfortably outnumbers humans (by a long way!), making it one of the best countries in the world to spot your favourite animals out in the wild in their natural habitat. The Canadian wilderness is vast and beautiful, and filled with intriguing animals to be discovered. Whether you have always dreamt of viewing bears in the lush forests while they feast on sockeye salmon, or you long to experience an enormous whale breaching close to your boat in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, with over 63million acres of park and wildlife areas in Canada, there are endless possibilities of encounters with its famous wildlife.
In the Canadian waters you can spot over 22 species of whales, including the world’s biggest population of humpback whales. The best opportunity to spot the beautiful Orca is along the coast of British Columbia, so a boat, kayak or walking tour along the coast of Victoria or Vancouver Island is ideal for whale watching. The whale watching season is best during the summer, between April and October, dependant on species and location. You can also spot Beluga, Pothead, Minke, Sperm and Blue whales – try our Pacific Rim Whales and Bears tour in British Columbia.
Bears are Canada’s most celebrated animal, and bear watching is one of the country’s most enjoyable activities. As bears hibernate during the winter months, you’re most likely to spot a Grizzly, Black, Kermode from April/May – October, and Polar bears in October/November in the northern regions. 60% of the world’s bear population resides in Canada, and there are thought to be over 16,000 Grizzly bears in British Columbia alone. There’s a great chance of seeing a bear up close and personal in Canada – try our Grizzly Bear watching tour at Knight Inlet Lodge, or the amazing Churchill & Polar Bear Experience.
The Timber wolf, also known as the Gray wolf, is one of Canada’s most recognisable animals. These nocturnal wolves, which can be spotted across Canada (apart from in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick), are usually active at night, but are known to appear in the day, so keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of them! This is made easier by the fact that wolves travel in packs of 4-7, and that there are an estimated 52,000-60,000 wolves in Canada. Hear these exciting creatures howling at the full moon on our Adventure in the Land of the Caribou tour, between June and October.
The Bald Eagle, which only resides in North America, can be spotted across Canada during the summer. Look for them surveying their hunting grounds from a tall perch, usually in forested areas near large bodies of water, and remember that they’re not actually bald, but a dark brown with white feathers. You can also spot the Golden Eagle soaring through the Canadian sky, so remember to look up during your wildlife adventure.
The final member of our Big 5 is the majestic Moose. It’s hard to go to Canada without spotting one as they are found in every province and territory - in fact, there’s estimated to be an enormous 830,000 moose in Canada! Moose colourings can range from a grey or reddish, or dark brown, with white or grey stockings (leg markings) and their identifiable antlers. Moose are often spotted feeding by the sides of rural roads, and prefer the early morning and late evening, so keep this in mind when you go out to look for them! Try our Moose watching tour between June and August for the best chance to spot these fascinating animals.
We offer a range of fun and active holiday packages where you can spot your favourite of the Canadian Big 5. Visit our wildlife holidays page for more information.