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More Places to See Wildlife in Canada

10. May 2012 | by John

One of the world’s most “cold-kept” secrets, Canada may be endowed with weather that keeps its human population down, but this is a blessing in disguise for over 1, 400 species of animals that thrive in a country with the 3rd most fresh water and 3rd most forests in the world. To continue with our list of the Top Places to See Wildlife in Canada, here are the areas that came in a close 3rd and 4th place:

#3: Northern Canada / Northwest Territories
Certainly the most surreal experiences to be had in Canada are in its Northern regions, home to the awe-inspiring aurora or Northern Lights and, in certain areas like Yellowknife, a sun that never sets in the summer! With its vast stretches of forest, tundra, and pristine lakes, it is a land of extremes—and, accordingly, natural balance.

Animals to See in the Wild
Where there’s natural balance there’s natural abundance, and the ecological harmony of northern Canada is observed straightaway in its rare species, from white wolves and white whales to its thundering herds of bison, bears, moose and caribou. Nunavut, Canada’s largest province, is home to a herd of roughly 250,000 caribou. You can take a tour near Lake Beverly to see the herd (as well as some wolves) in summertime.

An animal seeing haven not to be missed in Canada’s North is Wood Buffalo National Park, located in northern parts of Alberta and southern parts of the Northwest Territories. It’s the country’s largest park, brimming with the world’s largest self-regulating herd of buffalo, composed of over half the buffalo population of Canada.

Where to Stay
Get a lodge or cottage that’s “dressed to the northern nines” in Churchill, Northern Manitoba. Here in the polar bear capital of Canada there’s many a cabin, lodge and cottage that would satisfy bear and Goldilocks alike, many just along Hudson Bay River. Imagine waking up and giving morning’s salutations to beluga whales, just a quick kayak trip from your front door!

If you’re looking to have the full, raw experience of the magical north, you can reserve a campsite or kitchen shelter around Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories. Located in the North Slave region, with a great view of the aurora, a stay in one of these sites is sure to be both an affordable and enriching experience that will be nothing short of life-changing.

#4: British Columbia
Contrary to its reputation as Canada’s “cool” province, BC’s temperatures are mild, and its residents are welcomingly warm. It’s also the most biologically diverse province in Canada, home to three-quarters of Canada’s mammal species, and over 350 species of birds—over half of which breed nowhere else in the country.

Places to See Wildlife
The variety of landscapes present in the Cariboo Region enable a rich variety of habitats and according wildlife species. Large populations of ungulates include California Bighorn Sheep, woodland caribou, moose and mule deer. The plentiful rivers are home to a multifarious variety of waterfowl, including grebes, dabbling ducks, shorebirds and loons. You don’t have to fish around too much for lively waters in this province, and many of the Caribou Region’s large rivers host salmon, kokanee and steelhead. From July to September large salmon runs can be viewed in the Frasier, Chilcotin, Cariboo, Horsefly and Bella Coola Rivers.

Fish fanatics flock to Bella Coola, where rivers and streams flow through diverse landscapes, from glaciers to waterfalls to ancient forests. From mid-July to mid-August you can go on a special “snorkelling with salmon” tour. You can also take a tour from Port McNeil in Vancouver to see killer wales, minke whales, humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoises, eagles, and sea lions.

Places to Stay
BC has the most luxurious homes available in Canada, and you can surely find many BC cottages that, despite being surrounded by the ubiquitous presence of Mother Nature, are anything but rustic. If Bella Coola sounded beckoning to you, there are many fisherperson-geared accommodations available in the area that pretty much do everything for you but, well, fish the fish; many rentals provide equipment, supplies, bait, and, sometimes, even coolers of beer.

This is only a small bite off the beaver tail that is Canadian wildlife, so whichever province or territory you have a mind to visit, do not only expect animals, but be forewarned of them, and make sure to acquaint yourself with their less than savoury habits before visiting a specific area, lest you become a helpless “victim to the power of nature” like so many a hackneyed Canadian writer.