20 August 2019
Canada is bustling with animal activity all year round and has some of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world. From its beautiful coastline to the depths of its forest, you’re sure to find unique and adorable wildlife in Canada. Whether you spot the coastal brown bear in Khutzeymateen Provincial Park, the magnificent humpback whale in Newfoundland or the majestic polar bear in Churchill, Canada is the perfect place to explore and connect with nature.
The Khutzeymateen grizzly sanctuary is one of British Columbia’s untouched wildlife preservation areas, and is renowned for its remarkable bear viewing experience, with around 50 coastal grizzly bears roaming around in their natural habitat. The park is the largest remaining coastal rainforest in the world and is only accessible by water, so you will have to take a boat or floatplane to access it. During your journey, you may be able to watch the Grizzlies grapple with spawning salmon. The Khutzeymateen Provincial Park will captivate you with its wonderful combination of stunningly beautiful wildlife viewing, coastal exploration and nature photography.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Khutzeymateen Provincial Park is between May and October.
Newfoundland is one of the most charming whale watching locations in the world with over 22 species of whales making an appearance year-round. If you happen to be in Newfoundland during whale season, you’re in for a treat. You’ll be able to see plenty of whales including minke, sperm, pothead, blue, orca, and the world’s largest population of humpbacks. Beyond the whales, you’ll be able to explore the Newfoundland sea caves, learn from experienced guides about the waters and wildlife and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the ocean.
Why not greet the whales by boat? As you sail around the scenic coastline of Newfoundland, watch the whales swimming gracefully alongside your vessel. During your thrilling whale watching boat experience, you’ll learn plenty about your surroundings as you cruise along the Atlantic.
For a more leisurely mode of viewing, why not combine hiking with whale watching in one of the best locations in Canada? Look out from the cliff-side peak and appreciate the views of the whales' tails splashing in the sea while hiking along the coastal trails or picnic alongside the sandy beaches, for an amazing view of the whales swimming nearby - no binoculars needed.
Best time to visit: The most glorious time to visit Newfoundland is between May and September when most of the whales migrate there. The weather is also most favourable during this time of year.
“We were lucky enough to take both the whale and bear watching tours with Jamie’s Whaling Station, whose peak season runs from the end of April to early October. Along with a guide, we headed out for a three-hour trip and felt extremely privileged to spot grey whales and black bears. To see these amazing creatures in the wild and in the most stunning scenery literally took my breath away.”
Joanne, Travel Counsellor
There are very few places to see the polar bears in the wild that are accessible to people, but Churchill is home to the largest and most accessible polar bear population in the world, where you can see these huge marine mammals roaming around the protected lands of Churchill's Wildlife Management Area.
If you want hands-on experience with these majestic predators, there are nine different vehicles that will get you up-close and personal. Or for an experience of a lifetime, why not awaken your inner explorer and take a walk with the polar bears? Churchill is the only place in the world that offers a walking tour with them, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Arctic landscape and learn about the history and ecology from expert guides alongside opportunities for close-up polar bear viewing.
Best time to visit: The prime time to see the polar bears is between October and November. But for a completely different experience, you can also see them during the summer months.
Start your wildlife adventure at the spectacular Riding Mountain National Park. Whether you’re seeking inspiration or relaxation, the diverse scenery makes it an ideal destination. The park itself is one of only five national parks that offer a resort townsite, and the picturesque town of Wasagaming boasts charm and character. It is also home to a variety of restaurants, sandy beaches and shops.
Immerse yourself in the park’s natural beauty and head out early in the morning to spot the park's wildlife and look out for the variety of species on offer including black bears, lynx, otters, elk, moose and foxes.
Best time to visit: The Riding Mountain National Park is an ideal destination no matter the season.
“Waking up and throwing open the curtains to find a family of elk walking down the street was awe-inspiring. We also had breakfast in the restaurant of our hotel at the bottom of Cascade Mountain, which was an experience itself.”
Rachel, Travel Counsellor
Algonquin Provincial Park is a magnificent natural paradise comprising lush woodlands, wildflower meadows, sparkling lakes and plentiful wildlife. Over 40 mammals, 30 reptiles and amphibians, and 270 birds call Algonquin Park home. The only way to explore the pristine wildlife area is on foot or by canoe. There are 22 designated hiking routes giving visitors plenty of choice. Venture into the rich forests and you are sure to be rewarded with birdsong, moose encounters and tranquil waterways.
Needless to say, one of the best ways to take in the park’s wilderness is by canoe, with around 200 lakes and 621 miles of river to explore. It’s a great way to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. The canoes glide silently through the water, where you will meet the birds, moose, deer, beaver and bears.
Best time to visit: There is plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife at Algonquin Provincial Park year-round.
If you’re ready to explore the natural wonders of Canada, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.