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10 things you need to know about…wildlife watching in Canada.

During late summer and fall, travellers get fantastic views of whales, bears, moose, eagles, elks, snow geese and so many more.

27 May 2015

Suggested tweet: 10 ways travellers can enjoy great wildlife viewing in Canada in summer + fall #explorecanada

Canada is famous worldwide for its amazing nature. Here are 10 spots from coast to coast to coast that offer fantastic views of our country’s wild side during late summer and fall.

1) British Columbia: Whale watching is superb during August and September when orcas congregate in the Juan de Fuca Strait to coincide with the annual salmon migration as the fish spawn along the Fraser River. If you’re lucky, on a trip with Vancouver Whale Watch you’ll spy a superpod of 80 or more killer whales.

2) Yukon: A drive along the Kluane Parkway in Kluane National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) at dawn or dusk can reveal grizzlies, black (and cinnamon) bears, moose and their calves, white-tailed deer or a rarely seen lynx.

3) Alberta: Visit the Festival of Eagles in Canmore near Banff National Park during the annual Golden Eagle migration to view hundreds of these majestic birds migrating south for winter. Films, walks and talks enhance your experience.

4) Saskatchewan: Prince Albert National Park is home to one of Canada’s few wild, free-ranging herd of Plains bison. Ride with Sturgeon River Ranch to view them from horseback, then spend the night in a tipi.

5) Manitoba: Hear male elks start “bugling” (their eerie mating cry) in Riding Mountain National Park in the fall. Frontiers North’s Big Five Safari tours this park, then flies you to Churchill, giving you a chance to see black bear, moose, bison, polar bears, belugas and more.

6) Ontario: Enjoy naturalist-led public wolf howls beneath a twinkling canopy of stars in iconic Algonquin Park. Watch and listen for haunting cries of loons while paddling Algonquin’s or Bonnechere Provincial Park’s lakes.

7) Quebec: In October, 800,000-plus snow geese as well as other migratory birds congregate along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

8) Nova Scotia: Drive along the renowned Cabot Trail for a glimpse of black bears, moose and bald eagles.

9) New Brunswick: In July and August, observe the migration of three million or so shorebirds, including immense flocks of semipalmated sandpipers, at Mary’s Point Shorebird Reserve. Or whale watch off Grand Manan Island with Sea Watch Tours, looking for humpbacks, fin, minkes and more up until late fall.

10) Prince Edward Island: Wildlife abounds in PEI National Park, from great blue herons and marine life in tidal pools to rare, endangered, piping plovers and woodland species such as pileated woodpeckers.

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