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Five unique wildlife experiences in Atlantic Canada

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7 March 2022 by Eric Ducourneau

Every visit to Atlantic Canada will include wildlife spotting whether it's intentional or not and the variety of wildlife that call this region home is quite spectacular. Whether you're after the iconic whales in the Bay of Fundy, the large moose that roam the dense forests of New Brunswick or the swift falcons hunting for prey on Prince Edward Island, you'll be amazed at how many species you can spot. Heading out and discovering the wildlife should be on every travellers itinerary and our experts have put together five uniques ways to do so. You may like to venture out on a catamaran nature cruise to see marine life, a 24 foot zodiac focusing on whale species or with a guide along Cape Breton's coast for a mix of wildlife and culture. Whichever you choose you'll find something new in Atlantic Canada.

1. Whale Watching

Humpback Whales, Bay of Fundy

With the cool temperatures and nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic Canada offers some of the most premier whale watching opportunities in the world. A variety of whale species including the minke whale, humpback whale and fin whale are all known to frequent the waters all around the eastern shores. Heading out on a 24-foot rigid hulled zodiac boat on the Bay of Fundy shared by New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is one of the best ways to get close to these majestic mammals, from a safe and respectful distance.

2. Nature Cruise

Atlantic puffins, Newfoundland and Labrador

Heading out on a nature cruise offers plenty of whale watching opportunities, but it’s not the only focus. Boat tours also showcase the small but complex ecosystems that thrive around the coastline and in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and coastal regions. Seals, dolphins, and seabirds are all spotted off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, and many boat tours will let you get up close to them. Just outside of St. John’s, a nature cruise in Bull Bay or Witness Bay will allow you the opportunity to see frolicking humpback whales, dive-bombing puffins, dolphin pods, and so much more.

3. Moose Spotting

Moose spotting, New Brunswick

Bears and whales may be some of Canada’s most iconic wildlife, but the large and distinct moose will grab your attention in the very same way. Whether you’re driving between two towns or hiking local trails, spotting a moose is quintessential Canadian wilderness experience. In the area around Miramichi River in New Brunswick, where the moose may outnumber the locals, heading out on a guided tour is the best way to increase your chances of spotting these majestic animals in their natural habitat, and should not be missed.

4. Guided coastal tours

Cape Breton moose, Nova Scotia

Around every bend and outside every town there’s always a chance to spot the diverse wildlife of Atlantic Canada and combining a cultural tour with a bit of wildlife is always a fantastic option. While visiting the iconic Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, which is a renowned area to explore, you’ll have the chance to spot black bears, moose, deer and perhaps the odd whale or two in the distant waters, while throwing in a bit of Acadian culture along the way. You’ll also be able to stretch your legs for a few short hikes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where you can spot smaller creatures like chipmunks and squirrels.

5. Fun with falcons

Falcon, Prince Edward Island

Quickly becoming the go-to wildlife experience on Prince Edward Island, a day with falcons is a great way to get close to the birds of prey that roam the skies over Canada's smallest province and is an excellent option for all ages. Passionate local falconer Jamie Stride will introduce you to his magnificent birds of prey, where you'll witness their impressive flying and hunting skills. Afterwards, don the handler's gloves, where you'll feed and handle various hawks and falcons – a thrilling wildlife experience.

For more ideas, travel routes and the best way to add one of these unique experiences to your next trip to Atlantic Canada, please don't hesitate to get in contact with one of our Canada specialists today, For more information, fill out an enquiry form or call us on 020 7590 0635.

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