Bird Watching and Large Sea Animals in Canada

In the provinces of Canada, which are located on the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, excursions and cruises to observe large marine animals and bird watching tours are very popular.

Today, Newfoundland and LabradorIt is considered one of the best places in the world for observing large marine life and birds. Every year between May and September, about 22 species of whales come to coastal waters. Here you can see humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales, sperm whales, dolphins and harp seals. Thousands of gulls, terns, auks, murres, kittiwakes, northern gannets and cormorants, as well as eiders, eagles and ospreys live on the coasts of the province. Excursions along the sea coast of the province are arranged from the capital city of St. John ‘s.

According to, 200 km west of Halifax in the province of Nova Scotia on the peninsula of Port Mouton lies the coastal part of the Kejimkujik National Park.. The Atlantic coast here is a great place for observing birds and marine life, such as seals and turtles. In the province, marine life and bird watching is also available on Cape Breton Island off the northeast coast of Nova Scotia and on the coast of the Bay of Fundy.

However, the most popular places in the Bay of Fundy for such tours are in the province of New Brunswick. Here you can see 15 species of whales, including humpback and blue whales, beluga whales, killer whales, porpoises, seals, and more than 100 species of birds. Excursions along the coast depart from the city of St. John .

The best places to watch whales, seals and birds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are the coasts of the province of Prince Edward Island, as well as the Gaspecy Peninsula and the Madeleine archipelago in the province of Quebec . In addition, in the province of Quebec, the National Marine Park of the Saginay and St. Lawrence Rivers is interesting, which is located east of Quebec on the northern bank of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Here the fresh waters of the St. Lawrence and Saginai rivers and the salty waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence mix. 16 species of mammals are protected in the park: beluga whales, blue whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales, fin whales, white dolphins, spotted, gray and harp seals and others.

On the Pacific coast of Canada in the province of British Columbia , for bird watching and large marine animals , the Pacific Rim National Park, which is located on Vancouver Island, 337 km from the city of Victoria, is suitable. During the excursions, tourists can watch whales, killer whales, seals, sea lions, otters, as well as a variety of birds. Off the northern tip of the Pacific coast of British Columbia are the Queen Charlotte Islands. Part of the Queen Charlotte Islands is occupied by the Gwai Haanas National Park. It is the only site in Canada where the Pacific Tufted Hatchery breeds and is home to the country’s largest coastal eagle populations, as well as the largest peregrine falcon populations in the world. In spring and summer, gray whales swim through the islands, in addition, sea lions and other pinnipeds can be seen in coastal waters.

In northern Canada unlimited opportunities for observing large marine animals and birds are provided in the Territory of Nunavut. Most excursions depart from the city of Iqaluit . About 30 species of birds are recorded in Auyuittuq National Park from June to August, including ptarmigan, snowy owl, eider, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, snow bunting, plantain, mountain horse, Canada goose and burgomaster, and spotted and harp seals, sea hares (lahtaki), beluga whales, narwhals and walruses. In addition, polar bears can be seen on the coast of the park from late summer to early November.

An equally popular destination for animal watching tours is the coast of Hudson Bay.. Beluga whales, narwhals, walruses and seals are found here. The main starting point for such journeys in this part of the country is the city of Churchill in the province of Manitoba. In addition, Churchill is known throughout the world as the “Capital of Polar Bears”. The area around the city is home to the southernmost habitats of polar bears, as it stands on the migration route of polar bears from the tundra to Hudson Bay. South of the city of Churchill on the coast of Hudson Bay on an area of 11475 square meters. km stretches Vapusk National Park. This is one of the largest wintering grounds for polar bears in North America.

In addition to ornithological tours along the sea coasts of Canada, the country offers excursions to observe birds that settle along the banks of lakes and rivers. Such an opportunity is provided in almost any national park.


Every year, excursions to observe drifting icebergs become more and more popular. In Canada, this opportunity is provided on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Beaufort Sea.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is considered one of the best places in the world to observe drifting icebergs. They can be observed from any point of the northern or eastern coast of the province, because the famous “Iceberg Alley” runs along them in the ocean., along which icebergs make their way along with the cold Labrador current from Greenland to the warmer waters of the Atlantic, where they melt.

You can also see icebergs on the coast of the Davis Strait in Nunavut Territory and on the coast of the Beaufort Sea in the northern part of the Northwest Territories.


In the northern territories of Canada, from September to April, you can see the mesmerizing northern lights. For example, in the Yukon Territory, in the city of Watson Lake, not far from Whitehorse, there is a whole Northern Lights Center. You can also see the northern lights in the city of Churchill in the province of Manitoba.and in the northern regions of the Labrador Peninsula in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec .

Sea Animals in Canada