Best Wildlife Spotting

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We’re Canadians. We’re fortunate to have a crazy amount of wildlife. No, we’re not talking about the cowboys at the Calgary stampede. From coast to coast, there is no shortage of intriguing creatures – be it in our own backyards or in the wilderness. We’ve scoured the country for the best places to see, and even meet some marvellous animals who call Canada home. Vote here for the best destination for wildlife spotting.

Best of Canada - Best Wildlife Spotting - Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

Victoria, British Columbia

Canada’s seawaters are home to one of the most majestic creatures in the world – whales. From humpbacks to orcas, these aqua-kings are ready to greet you. The west coast of British Columbia is prime territory for whale watching, so invest in a whale watching tour. The best time to go is between May and October. Find Free Willy in Victoria, British Columbia.

Best of Canada - Best Wildlife Spotting - Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Banff, Alberta

Who ever said the lion was the king of the jungle? Get to know the Canadian Moose. Not your spirit animal? Check out the wild elk, goats, or deer. Banff National Park offers guided tours and cruises, so you can get a glimpse of the Canadian animal kingdom.

Best of Canada - Best Wildlife Spotting - Nunavik


Quebec and Nunatsiavut, Northern Labrador

Want to see the biggest wildlife spectacle in North America? You have to see the great caribou migration. Watch them migrate through the tundra to graze. Full disclosure, the barren-ground caribou are real trendsetters. Arctic foxes, wolves, and bears often follow the caribou, so prepare to see something amazing in Nunavik or Nunatsiavut.

Best of Canada - Best Wildlife Spotting - Churchill

Churchill River & Hudson Bay

Churchill, Manitoba

Ever wanted to see a ghost? Okay, how about a ghostly white beluga whale? Find them in Churchill, Manitoba where the Churchill river meets Hudson Bay. Get up close and personal while on a snorkeling excursion in the frosty waters. We’re talking metres away people! If you’re lucky, you’ll see the belugas feeding or giving birth to their calves.

Best Wildlife Spotting - Algonquin Wolf Howl

Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park, Ontario

The Public Wolf Howls at Algonquin park are a life-changing experience. Stand in absolute silence with hundreds of others as you await the call of nature – a wolf pack howling in the distance, reinvoking the animal within.

Best of Wildlife Spotting - Tofino


Tofino, British Columbia

In Tofino, surfers aren’t the only wild things. Humpback whales migrate by the area often, so if you’re looking for something wild – this is a good place to start. While seeing sea life on a surfboard can be a lot of fun, in Tofino, you can see it any way you want — it’s all around!

Best Wildlife Spotting - Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound

Desolation Sound, British Columbia

Whales are a big thing in BC. There’s a good chance you’ll see an orca if you’re in Desolation Sound. Every 3 to 5 years, whales give birth in the wild. If you time it right, you can see the baby and its mama!

Best Wildlife Spotting - Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve

Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland

The puffins are the star of the show at Witless Bay Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. No, they are not penguins, but they do look similar. Brothers from other mothers, or sisters from other misters. Check out the puffins at Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.

Best Wildlife Spotting - Prince Albert National Park

Prince Albert National Park

Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan

Want to see the elk? Rumour has it that they’re pretty friendly, but we wouldn’t get too close. What does the elk say? Find out at Prince Albert National Park.

Best Wildlife Spotting - Digby Neck

Digby Neck

Digby Neck, Nova Scotia

Digby Neck is the best place to see both whales and sea birds. The plankton attract even the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. While bird or whale-watching are fun –In a pinch, a seal will do.