Wildlife holidays in Canada
Tell me about Canada …
With a land mass of almost nine million square kilometres, Canada is the second largest country in the world. It is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north-east by Greenland and to the south by the USA. To the north lies the polar ice-cap.
The landscape is extremely diverse, ranging from the Arctic tundra of the north to the great wheatlands in the centre. The spectacular Rocky Mountains are found in the west and in the south-east are the Great Lakes, the St Lawrence River and the mighty Niagara Falls.
The country is divided into 10 provinces and three territories, all of which have their own distinct character and traditions. Canada offers wonderful wilderness experiences, vibrant cities and outstanding wildlife.
Our Canada specialist recommends..
"Our new ‘Spirit Bears, Grizzlies & Orcas’ tour takes in spectacular landscapes and some charismatic species, especially the ‘Spirit bears’, of British Columbia while our ‘Canada – the West’ tour takes in the spectacle of Grizzlies catching salmon."
Whats special about its wildlife?
Canada is a superb wildlife destination. It is a vast country and consequently has a large diversity of habitats and ecosystems. There are hundreds of thousands of lakes, streams and rivers enclosed by great oceans which are home to an amazing variety of mammals, including the unique Narwhal, the Beluga and many other whales, seals, dolphins and beavers.
On land, bird migratory paths cross both coastlines as well as the interior. Caribou, Wolves, Moose, and Grizzly, Black and Polar Bears all inhabit the countrys vast expanse of mountains, forests and wilderness areas.
Naturetrek tours to Canada
Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Canada. These include:
- A tour to British Columbia in western Canada which visits Vancouver Island & includes whale watching & Grizzly Bear viewing
- The eastern provinces of Quebec & New Brunswick for bird watching & whale watching, as well as the spectacular fall colours
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Canada HOLIDAYS
Wonderful and we felt it a real privilege to be seeing all the wildlife in such (relatively) untouched habitats. The crew were all very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and determined that we should get the chance to see as much as possible (or eat as much as possible!). We've never been on a tour where the local guides/operators have been so good. The wildlife was fantastic - humpbacks breaching, lunging, pectoral fin slapping, sideways spins; evening and morning sightings of family of grizzlies (mother and three cubs) plus mother and 2 year old grizzly playing together; black bears fishing; and a spirit bear waiting our arrival on Swindle Island whilst eating a salmon - he later ambled upriver, came back and was with us for about an hour! Sighting of a fin whale; sea otters and rounded off with orcas.
The office was very helpful in arranging flights on different days. Nick was very organised, calm and hugely knowledgeable. I have some mobility problems but the crew were brilliant in getting me on and off ship, zodiac and kayak!
One of the most memorable of trips we have made with Naturetrek in terms of wildlife sightings and overall experience. The organisation, planning and conduct of the cruise on Island Roamer was second to none. We felt complete trust in the skipper and first mate crew - such pleasant and helpful people. The cook was outstanding too and worked miracles with delicious meals. The wildlife was spectacular - from regular humpback whale sightings, including one individual breaching repeatedly alongside the boat, the grizzly, black and spirit bears, fabulous birdlife and a pod of killer whales around us within the last 20 min of the voyage ! Lee and Lindsay also took trouble to introduce us to the invertebrate marine life and salmon and forest ecology of the area, adding an important dimension to the whole trip.