As home to ten percent of the world’s forests it is not surprising that you have the opportunity to come across some pretty wild animals in Canada. We will give you a run down of the different animals you might stumble upon, some inside spotting tips and a few safety precautions to help you to be bear aware during your time in the Canadian great outdoors.
The Best of Canadian Wildlife
- Moose on the loose
- Black bears hovering on the mountains
- Elks on the roadsides
- Cougars and Wolverine’s in the parks
- Whale Watching in the Pacific
If you are on a working holiday visa in the West of Canada take a trip to Vancouver Island. The waters off the island becomes home to over 200 species of Whales every June. Whale watching tours take off from Victoria harbour every day. You are not guaranteed to see one but if you do it will be worth a million memories. Watch the Black Fish doc before you head out to the seas. Seeing giant Orca Whales will be a highlight of your time in Canada.
Safety Comes First
If you take a trip to Whistler Village you will find “Be Bear Aware” signs on every bin and near any food venue. The resorts in Canada are incredibly clean and you won’t find rubbish thrown anywhere. This is great for the admiring tourists but it is also an important safety measure for avoiding bear intrusion. Bears follow the scent of all types of food so remember to clean up after you eat and don’t leave food out to tempt the hungry bears.
Driving slowly is something we recommend to all of our readers but even more so when you could come across a sprinting Moose or elk along the road. These are huge animals and you might make a dent in them if your car bangs into one but they will also leave a dent in you. The winter road conditions can be extremely hazardous in Canada but add wild animals into the equation and you will need that extra mile of caution to all of your journeys.