If you’re a wildlife lover looking for a holiday off the beaten track, why not try bear watching in Canada for your next adventure?
Canada’s vast and largely unspoilt wilderness is home to a diverse ecosystem, including rare sights such as seals, bison and moose. However, the must-see creatures for nature lovers must be Canada’s wild bears. Bear-spotting holidays in Canada are becoming increasingly popular and accessible to tourists, available in a range of exhilarating destinations.
British Columbia

Bear Watching
Bear Watching

The Pacific coast of Canada is home to many wild animals. These include black bears and grizzlies, drawn to the fish-filled lakes and rivers of this lush and mountainous region. Bear spotting excursions can be combined with more traditional Canada holidays to tourist hotspots Vancouver and Victoria, with self-drive tours one of the more popular options. Adventurers can also enjoy hiking, climbing, winter sports and whale watching cruises.
The Great Bear Rainforest
In the north of British Columbia lies the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the world’s most unspoilt and breathtaking natural environments. Rainforest explorers can stay in luxurious lodges, and visit viewing platforms in habitual bear hangouts, or cruise the waterways where the bears gorge on salmon. As well as black bears and grizzlies, this is the only place in the world to see the Kermode Spirit Bear – an elusive and ghostly white bear, of which only a few hundred exist.
If you’re visiting eastern Canada’s tourist favourites, such as Toronto, Ottawa or Niagara Falls, you can still enjoy a bear watching trip. The north shore of Lake Superior is home to black bears, with daily safaris available. Visitors can also try fishing or take a cruise on one of the world’s biggest lakes.
Manitoba is a province in central Canada. Hudson Bay on the north coast has an arctic climate, and is home to black bears, bison, beluga whales, wolves and polar bears. The nearby town of Churchill is often referred to as Polar Bear Capital of the World, and visitors can combine a tundra safari with a visit to the Eskimo Museum, kayaking, hiking or even dog sledding. From January to March, Churchill is also one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights.
Whether you fancy a once in a lifetime adventure holiday, or simply want to explore some of the country’s majestic wildlife as part of a general holiday, bear watching in Canada is an unforgettable experience.
Author Bio
Ben Allon is a travel expert at 1st Class Holidays, a UK based travel company specialising in luxury tailor-made holiday experiences. To find out more visit http://www.1stclassholidays.com/.