When you hear ‘safari’, you might think of the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania or the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Canada is a destination that often gets overlooked.

But, considering that Canada is home to some of the best scenery, road trips and varied wildlife in the world, we think Canada is the best safari location that you’ve probably never considered! There’s no doubt that Icefields Parkway in Alberta and the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia are two of the most popular places to go on your own safari, but there are lots of other intimate and authentic safari experiences to try in lesser-known areas of Canada.

Here, we take you through some of the best locations in Canada where you can enjoy your very own safari.

Check out our map below to find out the locations and read below for more information about what you can see on each route.

The best destinations for a Canadian safari

Travel writer and international television host Robin Esrock is the bestselling author of The Great Canadian Bucket List: Once-in-a-Lifetime Travel Experiences. He has visited all of the below routes and tells us that they are great for spotting wildlife.

“I've visited all these amazing routes which put you in close proximity to a who's who of Canadian wildlife. In Prince Albert National Park, it's possible to encounter bison while being on horseback, the advantage being you can get much closer to these magnificent animals. You can snorkel with migrating salmon in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, and always be on the lookout for bears and moose in Newfoundland and on the Icefields Parkway (if you can tear your eyes away from the spectacular scenery).”


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What are the top tips for photographing wildlife?

If you’re planning on hiring a car in Canada for your holiday and driving one of the aforementioned routes, you should follow some of these easy-to-apply tips and advice for photographing wildlife.

Tanya Stollznow, who runs her own wildlife photography blog, recommends the following tips when photographing wildlife:

  • “Research the location so that you make the most of opportunities to locate wildlife and the best times and places to photograph them.
  • “Aim for simple backgrounds. The most compelling wildlife photos are often the ones where the subject stands out without any distraction.
  • “Don’t be afraid to try something different. Aim for different viewpoints and composition.
  • “Respect the wildlife and the natural environment.
  • “Be aware of and adhere to rules, guidelines and advice offered by the local government and their park rangers.”

Robin Esrock, who has explored more than 100 countries, tells us that photographing wildlife is about moments:

“Capturing wildlife is all about moments, and each moment can be different from one to the next. It’s why people return year after year to their favourite spots, as you never know what you will see. You'll definitely need a good zoom, and it's rare to get super-close to animals, although I have had bears, moose and elk come right past my car. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. To get the lucky shot you'll be showing people for years, prepare with a decent camera set on a fast shutter speed, a tripod if necessary, a good lens, and plenty of patience.”

The great safari locations in Canada

Just to recap, below are the top places to see animals in the wild in Canada:

  • Icefields Parkway
  • Highway 60 Corridor
  • Highway 2 (Regina to Waskesiu)
  • Labrador Coastal Drive
  • The Cabot Trail
  • Alaska Highway
  • Vancouver Island Oceanside Route
  • The Fjord Route

If you’ve been inspired to make future travel plans and experience Canada’s incredible wildlife in its natural habitat, then check out our Canada holiday packages. That dream Canadian holiday is just a few steps away.

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