Bumping into Wildlife in Canada

Moose in Canada

Moose in Canadian Forest

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
As the largest member of the deer family a Moose is an awesome animal to see in the wild. The best months for spotting Moose in Canada are May and June. They love to hang around roadside ditches, lakes and streams. You might need to take a boat trip on one of Canada’s many lakes to get a glimpse of these funky creatures but it is an awesome sight to see.
  • Black bears hovering on the mountains
With over 380,000 black bears estimated to be in Canada there is great potential to catch a glimpse of one if you are exploring the canadian forests. Bears enjoy prancing around Canadian golf courses. We often hear stories of black bears spotted high in the mountains or on hidden trails but they also keep locals entertained in resorts such as Whistler, Banff and Big White. Check out this recent video of a black bear having a dance on a golf course green. Remember to never feed a bear, keep your distance and look up if you plan to hike unmarked trails, Bears are great climbers!
  • Elks on the roadsides
Known as the chatterboxes of the deer community Elk’s are the second largest deer in the park next to moose. Other deer found in the park are caribou, mule deer and white tailed deer. Bull Elk’s are an awesome sight with their large antlers. Check out the grasslands on the outskirts of Banff National Park and the roadsides in the BC interior to spot one of these huge animals.
  • Cougars and Wolverine’s in the parks
Cougars and Wolverine’s are great at playing hide and seek. They mainly hang around the great mountain forests. They don’t want to be tracked down but if you see one, you are more than likely to see a couple as they travel in packs.
  • 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.

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