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The Wonderful Wildlife in Your Backyard

Posted: 12/05/2012 5:04 pm

If you were asked to imagine a place on Earth where you could view incredibly varied wildlife in its natural habitat, likely places which come to mind are Africa or the Amazon Rainforests. However, many people may not be aware that Canada is also home to a wide range of wildlife that is just as diverse and interesting as anywhere else in the world.

With Canada being such a vast and unspoilt country, almost every kind of wildlife imaginable can be viewed in a natural setting. From grizzly bears at Knight Inlet to the Hudson Bay polar bears, moose, eagles and many more besides, Canadian wildlife holidays have become increasingly popular as animal lovers flock to see the many amazing creatures available to see.

The bear necessities

The grizzly bear is an animal which holds real intrigue for lovers of wildlife, with a cute appearance combined with incredible power. Despite the sometimes fierce nature of these animals, all tours are arranged in the safest possible fashion, allowing visitors to safely get close to the grizzlies in their natural habitat.

Michael Dingus is a keen bear enthusiast from the United Kingdom who visited Canada recently to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Speaking of the experience, he commented: "I was truly surprised at how close our group could get to these magnificent creatures, without ever once fearing we were in the slightest bit of danger! It was certainly a life changing experience and one that I will never forget."

A similar story could be heard from any of the hundreds of visitors who travel to locations like Knight Inlet, Clayoquot Sound or Thunder Bay to study many different species of bear in their natural habitat, rather than within the confines of a zoo. The unique geography of Canada means that polar bears can also be observed, with Churchill in Manitoba on the Hudson Bay allowing visitors a rare opportunity of seeing the kings of the Arctic in action.

Canadian holidays offer a whale of a time

If the excitement of viewing a grizzly bear is perhaps a little too much, there are many other alternatives for visiting wildlife fans. One such option is whale watching, with these large majestic creatures occupying the waters around Vancouver Island. There are several forms of aquatic vehicle that can be used to see these whales, from a relaxing cruise to an exhilarating zodiac boat ride.

Spectacular memories and photography opportunities are to be had from any of these whale viewing experiences in Canada, with the animals often leaping out of the water, a practice known as breaching or spyhopping, creating a visual image that will never be forgotten. As well as near Vancouver, there are a multitude of other popular destinations where you can take a day out to look out for whales and listen to whale song, including day trips from Quebec City or Halifax.

Explore Canada for yourself

If the experiences of Michael Dingus and others like him have left you fascinated by the superbly varied wildlife of the country, Canadian wildlife holidays can be arranged to take in the spectacular sights for yourself.

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  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear plays with a bush on the tundra while waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear plays with a bush on the tundra while waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear plays with a bush on the tundra while waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear plays with a bush on the tundra while waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

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    Polar bear cub Taiga shakes water off her head as she plays in a pool Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at Aquarium Park in Quebec City, Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

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    A polar bear cub named Taiga plays in a pool Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at Aquarium Park in Quebec City, Canada. Taiga was transferred from the Saint-Felicien zoo on Nov. 16, 2011 and will be officially introduced to the public in a few day.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear looks up as the sound of the camera catches his ear on the edge of Hudson Bay aheasd of the full freeze-over 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, where they remain hunting for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

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    A Polar Bear walks on part of a frozen lake migrating North 14 November 2007 as Hudson Bay freezes outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Thousands of Polar Bears return to the Canadian icepack to hunt for seals every year at this time and remain on the frozen area until the spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A mother Polar Bear and her cubs wait on the tundra for the Hudson Bay to freeze 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Polar Bears return to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack every year at this time and remain on the icepack feeding on seals until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • A polar bear mother and her two cubs walk along the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Man. in this Wednesday Nov. 7, 2007 photo. They're etched onto canadian coins, are part of Canada's national identity and lure tourists to the Arctic every year, but the majestic Canadian polar bear could pose a significant risk to northern communities if climate change continues to wreak havoc on its natural habitat. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press - Jonathan Hayward)

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear walks on the edge of Hudson Bay ahead of the full freeze-over 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, where they remain hunting for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear walks on the frozen tundra on the edge of Hudson Bay waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze-over 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, where they remain hunting for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

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    A mother polar bear and her cubs sleep on the tundra on the edge of the Hudson Bay waiting for the bay to freeze over, 13 November 2007, outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar bears return to Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack every year at this time and remain on the icepack feeding on seals until the spring thaw. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards

  • Polar Bears Begin Seal Hunting On Frozen Icepacks In Northern Canada

    A Polar Bear walks on the frozen tundra waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze-over 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, to hunt for seals on the icepack where they remain until the Spring thaw. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

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    TO GO WITH STORY by Paul Richards, Canada-climate-warming-wildlife-polarbears A mother Polar Bear rests on the frozen tundra with her cubs waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze over 13 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar bears in Canada's Hudson Bay area are battling for survival, as climate change reduces the time they can hunt for food, warn environmentalists and locals in Churchill, the self-proclaimed polar capital of the world. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

 
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