For me, Canada's incredible wildlife is the country's biggest draw. You can see black bears, grizzlies, humpbacks, elk, bighorn sheep and eagles all in the same holiday! You can spot wildlife simply from the roadside, but expert tours and wilderness lodges provide the most memorable experiences in simply breath-taking locations.
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The fluke of a whale disappearing into the glassy ocean. A bear’s breath misting the morning air. An eagle silhouetted against a snowy mountain peak. Our wildlife holidays help you find where Canada is alive and get you closer to nature than ever before. Canadian wildlife is spectacular, with so many species here that you’ll struggle to see anywhere else. If you’re interested in nature travel, there’s no better place for it. Whether you have always dreamed of watching bears in the lush forests while they feast on sockeye salmon or seeing bald eagles as they soar over the Rockies, we have a wildlife holiday for you. Canada has its own Big 5 animals to spot - whale, bear, wolf, eagle and moose. See how many you can tick off on your Canadian wildlife holiday.
Canada has an abundance of animals to view in their natural habitats and we offer some of the best places for wildlife travel. We have a range of resorts for you to experience animal holidays in true wilderness locations. Discover small floating resorts in British Columbia and eco-resorts in the Great Bear Rainforest. Some locations require floatplanes or Zodiac boats to reach the picturesque setting, letting you enjoy close encounters with incredible creatures in unspoilt wilderness. Canada is the perfect holiday destination for any animal enthusiast.
From bear watching in British Columbia to minke in the Maritimes, find the best places to spot wildlife.
Black bears can be spotted in any of Canada’s mountain regions, but the most reliable place is on Vancouver Island. Join a bear watching cruise to spot the coastal black bears foraging on the shoreline. For grizzlies, head into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest where resorts like Knight Inlet know the best salmon fishing spots.
These majestic birds can be spotted in the BC mountains – particularly on a Rocky Mountaineer train tour.
For the best chance to see Canada’s iconic animal, head east. Ontario and Quebec are full of moose, especially in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Wolves are harder to spot, but if you join a wildlife tour in the wilds of the pristine Yukon, you’ll have the best chance.
Banff wildlife is abundant and varied, but elk are a staple of the national park. Spot them in the town or in campsites in the early morning.
For orcas and humpbacks, there’s no better place than off the coast of Victoria on Vancouver Island. The orcas live here all year round and humpbacks are summer visitors. For more varied species, head east. The rich waters off Digby, Nova Scotia, and Tadoussac, Quebec, are teaming with humpback, sperm, minke and blue whales from April to November.