Wild Lands & Wildlife

  • 20000-strong caribou herds
  • 10 million spawning sockeye salmon
  • 02-m-wide moose antlers

The world’s second-biggest country awaits—home to boundless wilderness and innumerable wild animals. Spot massive moose roaming muskeg. Stand in awe as tens of thousands of caribou migrate over tundra. Try to count thousands or even millions of vibrant-red spawning sockeye salmon. Search out one-of-a-kind Arctic species like muskox, walrus and polar bears. Embark on safaris through expansive parks and preserves to view elk, bison, deer, wolves, beavers, bears and birdlife. Fill your camera’s memory card with images of Earth’s most impressive and interesting species.

Tour old growth evergreens or journey across sprawling barrengrounds. Hike the mountainside or roam the grasslands. Take multi-day excursions deep into the heart of nature or make day-trips from major urban centres. Whatever your choice, there is nowhere like Canada to view remarkable animals in their natural habitats—welcome to the ultimate destination for wild lands and wildlife.

Alberta

  • Embark on a heli-assisted hiking adventure through the foothills of the Rockies—spotting animals from the diminutive pika to impressive sheep, elk and mule deer.

British Columbia

  • Stay at a luxury camp on Vancouver Island’s west coast; day-hike in search of salmon-eating wolves, soaring bald eagles and frolicking marine mammals.
  • Tour an Okanagan Valley park in vibrant fall foliage; marvel at millions of blood-red spawning sockeye salmon as they swim up their natal streams.
  • Travel deep into the Great Bear Rainforest via floatplane for fully-guided heli-hikes, boat tours and kayak adventures; your camera full with images of bears, wolves, eagles, whales and sea lions.

Nunavut

  • Fly nearly 1,000 km north of the Arctic Circle and spot primitive-looking muskox, ghostly belugas, snow-white fox and powerful polar bears.
  • Raft down the remote Burnside River, north of the Arctic Circle, and witness a cavaliering caribou herd, numbering in the tens of thousands, as it migrates across near-infinite tundra.

Ontario

  • Join park rangers on a three-hour driving tour of Algonquin Provincial Park—watch naturalists call out to wild wolves and get goosebumps as the wolves howl in response.
  • Set out on a multi-day paddling excursion through Algonquin Provincial Park, gazing at moose, beavers and great blue herons; sleep each night with the howl of wolves in the distance.

Quebec

  • Fly into the most remote regions of Arctic Quebec and embark on a summertime safari to observe awe-inspiring caribou migrations, wolves on the hunt and black bears foraging through tundra-berries.
  • Venture into the wilds of Quebec’s Maritimes and canoe, hike and camp in parkland harbouring some 6,000 moose; watch for whitetail deer and bald eagles along the way.

Saskatchewan

  • Roam the expanses of central Saskatchewan via guided horseback tour; photograph lumbering wood bison and countless bird flocks; listen to coyotes howl at the moon.

Yukon

Weather

  • Canada’s weather varies by region and season. During typical wildlife viewing months (May through October), expect warm to mild temperatures in the summer (June through August) and mild to cool temperatures in the spring (May to June) and fall (September through October). Arctic weather is typically mild to cold throughout the wildlife-viewing season.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
When to go
  • See BC’s spawning salmon during September and October.
  • Tour BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, hike Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, paddle the stillwater lakes of Ontario and Quebec or horseback ride across the plains of Saskatchewan from June to October.
  • Wildlife-watch in Canada’s Arctic regions during July and August.
  • Prime howling months for Ontario’s wolves are August and September.
Need to know
  • Canada's wildlife viewing operators conduct themselves in an environmentally responsible manner and are committed to sustainable viewing practices.
  • Experienced guide(s) accompanies many wildlife-viewing tours; consult operator.
  • Operator/lodge locations are often in remote, wilderness environments.
  • Wildlife viewing may be an active or even strenuous endeavour; guests are typically responsible for weatherproof outerwear and warm clothing.
  • Tour reservations are usually required; self-guided adventures are available.
  • Parks Canada manages a number of parks where wildlife is protected.