Canada is one of the best places in the world to see whales and bears.
Vancouver Island, and specially the capital, Victoria and the wonderful town of Tofino are deservedly considered some of the best places to see whales, specially Orcas. But Port Hardy and Campbell River on Vancouver Island, as well as Vancouver Itself (with wonderful tours from Granville Island) are also excellent.
Quebec andNova Scotiaand equally excellent for whale watching with the great St Lawrence Seaway boasting 30 species of whale. There are many excellent places to look for them, with Tadoussac, Cape Breton and the Bay of Fundi among the favourites.
The best time for whale watching in Canada is from April to October.
If it's bears you're after, Churchill is the best place in the world, bar none, for seeing Polar Bears. Vancouver Island, and, in particular Tofino, are good for Black Bears, and the Great Bear Rainforest, which you reach from Campbell River or Port Hardy are superb for Grisly Bears. You may even be lucky enough to see a Spirit Bear.
Of course, there are also wolves, not to mention hundreds of thousands or elk, caribou and moose. There are bison. There are otters and lynxes and coyotes and even cougars. And in the sky there are at least 400 species of birds, from little brown jobs to Bald eagles.
We can send yo to the right places, with the right people, at the right time to have the best chance of seeing whatever you want to see, in the style that you want to travel in. We work closely with, but independently of, all the best tour operators, hotels, resorts, and adventure companies so we can make sure you get the best service to suit your needs, and that your bookings are secure and flexible.
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Wonderful Wildlife Holiday Options in Canada
Whatever holiday you choose in Canada there is a good chance that you will see wildlife. On a city break in Vancouver you might see coyotes in Stanley Park or sea otters in False Creek. But we can make sure that specific opportunities to see wildlife are built into any Canadian holiday or we can send you on a holiday specifically designed to see wildlife.
Canada is one of the world's best places to see whales, and whale watching is a favourite activity there, though, of course, it is seasonal. The height of summer is the best time to see most whale species, but in some cases spring and autumn are also good. British Columbia is one of the favourite places for whale watching, with plenty of options from Vancouverand Vancouver Island. This is the best place to see Orcas. Hudson Bay, and the town of Churchill, in particular are best for Belugas. The St Lawrence River in Quebec is brilliant for Blue whales. The Atlantic provinces are great for Fin whales and Right whales. Newfoundland is the best place for Minke whales, and Nova Scotia for Long-finned Pilot whales. Humpback whales can be seen in any of these places and in some places, speciallyAtlantic Canada, there are many other species that you may also see.
You can see whales from substantial ships specially built for the purpose, from zodiacs or even from Kayaks. We would arrange your activity with specialist operators who ensure that the whale watching activities are non-intrusive and ecologically sound.
If it's Polar bears that you want to see, then Churchill is probably the best place to go to see them. For Black bears and Grizzly bears British Columbiais superb. Vancouver Island offers great opportunities both around Tofino on the west coast and further north at Campbell Bay. The Great Bear Rainforest, situated on the mainland opposite the northern part of Vancouver Island, as its name suggests, is outstanding place to see bears, with Knight's Inlet being one of the best known spots. If you are very lucky you may also see Kermode, or Spirit bears here. If you are going to Canada specially to see Black and Grizzly bears, then this is probably the place to go. But there are also opportunities to see bears in Alberta, simply driving along the roads, as well as in Quebec, and Ontario.
While some of the bear viewing opportunities can be incorporated into a road trip or may be found in aguided tour, the prime way to see these magnificent creatures is to stay in a specialist lodge or resort, many of which can only be reached by helicopter or floatplane.
Wolves are present in the wild across much of the Canadian wilderness but in most places they are not easy to see. An exception to this is Parc Omega in Quebecwhere there is a wolf observatory and wolves can be sure to be seen in the wild.
Elk, Caribou, Moose & Bison
Although the vast herds of bison that once roamed the prairies have been drastically reduced over time, and they were at one time nearly extinct, there are now plenty of these massive and wonderful animals to be seen. There are also large numbers of elk, caribou and moose. They best places to see these animals are in the Prince Albert National Park and the Grasslands National Park, both in Saskatchewan. Other outstanding places are Elk Island National Park in Albertaand Waterton Lakes National Park, also in Alberta.
In smaller numbers, many of these animals can be seen at Banf, Lake Louise and Jasper National Parks inAlberta as well. What's more, these parks also give the possibility of seeing long horned sheep, bears, wolves, cougars and lynxes.
You can explore these national parks on road tripsin a car or a camper-van, or you can go on aguided tour.
There are 516 species of birds found in Canada, though only 3 of them are endemic. Given the immense coastline of the country and the huge amount of water to be found in rivers and lakes throughout the country, it is not surprising that many of the most interesting birds are sea birds and water birds. In particular Atlantic Canadais known for vast numbers of seabirds along its coast. There are many guided toursavailable to people specifically interested in birding, and we can tailor make aroad trip to focus on some of the 325 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in the country
Planning Your Canada Wildlife Tour
Perhaps you want a holiday that
is specifically designed to see a particular species, such as Polar bears; or one that
gives you the opportunity to see as many different types of bears as possible; or one that
gives you the widest possible experience of Canada's wildlife; or
is focussed on some other purpose but includes a specific wildlife activity, like whale watching.
Any of these things we can help you plan and organise, to make sure that your time is used in the most effective and enjoyable way and that you get the holiday you want. Whether you want aguided tour or a self-drive road trip or a lodge based holiday, we have the contacts and the resources to make the best recommendations and to make secure, flexible bookings so that you have all the fun and none of the stress.
Get in touch today for an informal, no-obligation chat to see what we can do for you, and to get the planning process started!
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Toronto & Ultimate Polar Bear Tour, Churchill
🌅 9 nights
💷 £6249 per person sharing
📅 Travel 18th November to 28th November 2022. Book by 31/10/2022.
4 nights at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto in a Fairmont Room on Room only basis and 5 nights Lazy Bear Expeditions, Ultimate Polar Bear Tour in Churchill including meals, transfers and excursions.
Fairmont Royal York is an icon in Toronto. It is located in the center of Downtown, and is minutes away from the biggest attractions including: The CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, the Eaton Centre, and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Lazy Bear Expedition is based at the spectacular Lazy Bear Lodge and includes
One night in Winnipeg at either end;
Flights from Toronto to Winnipeg and from Winnipeg to and from Churchill;
Tour on board the custom-built Arctic Crawler™ tundra vehicle, taking you into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. You will head to the tundra where the bears wait for the winter icepack to freeze on the Hudson Bay.
a Cultural and Heritage Tour of Churchill and the surrounding area where you will be exploring various historic sites. These include Cape Merry, an outside tour of the polar bear holding facility and many other points of interest.
A dog mushing experience takes you on a 1.6 km / 1-mile sled ride behind a team of dogs – on snow, or by wheeled cart if the ground is bare.
A fascinating Parks Canada Interpretative Presentation, vividly describing the history and geography of the area followed by a final visit to the kings of the north on board the Arctic Crawler™.