Throughout Canada’s vast wilderness and national parks, there are many options to get a glimpse of some incredible wildlife. With the terrain varying so much from coast to coast, the species of animals you’ll find in each location is different. If you want the chance to observe some unique wildlife in their natural habitat, here are the best places in Canada to do so.
1. Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta
Within the towering Rocky Mountains, around 70 miles from Calgary, is Banff National Park. It’s the oldest national park in the country and is home to a ton of wildlife. With mountain views, vast forests and turquoise, glacial lakes, you’ll be in awe of magnificent landscapes. Lake Louise is the most famous glacial lake in the park, and thus a village has been built near its banks.
Within the park, you are likely to see elk, moose, bighorn sheep and black bears. If you venture deep into the park, you may even get the chance to see wolves, lynx, cougars or grizzly bears.
2. Churchill, Manitoba
In the north of Manitoba on the shore of the Hudson Bay sits the town of Churchill. It is located closer to Nunavut than to any other large cities and has a tiny local population. For this reason, many different types of wildlife call Churchill home.
You are more likely to see polar bears near Churchill than anywhere else in Canada, but you’ll need to head out onto the tundra to do so. You can arrange to do this through a travel company that will plan everything for you. You can also see the Northern Lightsin Churchill, as they are active 300 days of the year.
3. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton is a small island off the eastern coast of Canada. It’s part of the province of Nova Scotia and is home to beautiful natural landscapes and hiking trails. If you’re interested in Atlantic birds and sea life, then this is the best place in Canada to see it. It is most famous for being the home for the white-bellied Puffin, which has large colonies on the island.
Beyond that, you can expect to see grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins and a variety of whales in the coastal waters. The whale migration is between May and October where you can likely see pilot, minke and humpback whales. On land, there are moose, coyotes and snowshoe hares to be seen in the parks.
4. Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan
Prince Albert National Park is in the heart of the prairies of western Canada. With seven rivers, 1,500 lakes and millions of acres of land, many animals have chosen this park as their home. The terrain is a mix from prairie grassland to the boreal forest, which makes it perfect for both grazing and finding shelter. It’s a great place to go camping, and you’re guaranteed to interact with some of the diverse wildlife in the region.
You can see black bears, elk, moose, coyote, wolf, red fox and deer within the borders of the park. In the rivers, you will find playful otters and beavers.
These are just a few of the many places to see some incredible wildlife in Canada. If you’re considering taking Canada holidays in 2020, consult with a travel expert and have them help you plan some fantastic wildlife experiences.