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
Accommodation was excellent throughout as were the restaurants chosen for evening meals.
Great Bear Lodge was extremely comfortable and the food delicious. We saw an amazing amount of wildlife. Our tour leader and Canadian guide were most helpful.
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.
I was particularly impressed with our Naturetrek leader, Tim Melling. Tim has encyclopaedic knowledge and great enthusiasm, as well as a kind and inclusive manner which added enormously to the whole experience. I was also very pleased with our local guide, Duane. He and Tim worked beautifully together, and Duane kept us regaled with local stories and information, lots of laughter and wonderful lunches in beautiful surroundings. Of course, the wildlife was most obliging as well, and the real highlight for me was the three nights at Great Bear Lodge where we were treated to magnificent sightings of many grizzlies, including a number of mother bears with cubs.