Canada

Canada is a large country to the North of the USA (a relatively small portion of this land is Alaska which sits on the northern edge of Canada – however when Canada was formed Alaska was part of Russia, and was sold to the USA).

 

Arctic wolves on Canadas Ellesmere island

Canada is actually has the 2nd largest area within its border in the world, putting it bigger than the USA. However, if you only count land area, then the country drops to 7th largest – though still bigger than India. Canada only has a population of 38 million, so just 10 people per square mile. In reality, much of Canada is wild.

There are between 50,000 and 60,000 wolves within the country – far less than there would be naturally, but they are found in 90% of their former territory and this country is one of their true strongholds, and there is much wolf tourism within the country. 40% of Canada is Arctic, and as such it is not surprising that an Arctic wolf is also found here. Figures vary wildly, but a number of places state that 2% of Canadas wolves are white, which would suggest that between 1000 and 1200 Arctic wolves also live in Canada – these beautiful animals are also found on Greenland – however in 2018 estimates put the Greenland wolf population at 200 – even if this was a vast underestimate, what is clear is that most Arctic wolves live in Canada



 

Around 29,000 grizzly bears are found in Canada, though this is greatly reduced from their historical population. Perhaps a way to see this, is to look at Alaska – although it is only 18% of the size of Canada, Alaska has more bears at 30,000. This population appears to be growing. However, given that the Grizzly bear population of the USA (apart from Alaska and Hawaii) is 1200-1500, it suggests that Canadian bears are actually doing alright.

In terms of black bears, Canada is thought to have a population of 380,000 black bears, compared to just 220,000 in the USA. They are a popular trophy species, and it is thought that around 500,000 were killled over the last 11 years, or about 45,000 a year. This is not a good situation, and it is quite likely that there are many parts of the USA and Canada which could generate more money by photographic safaris rather than hunting them.

Canada is an arctic national and as such hosts roughly 16,000 of the 20,000-25,000 remaining polar bears on the planet. There is also a relatively well developed tourism industry for polar bear watching.

There are a fascinating range of other species that can be found in Canada, These may well be added over time.

Given a population of an average European country, and generally clumped in specific areas, there are large areas which have very low populations. 60% of the countries population live in 2 provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

There are a wide range of places that are great to go for wildlife. We will work to link with operators around this country over time, but below the news section are links to our pages about those we identified within Canada. They will also be on the map above.

Future Destinations in Canada awaiting Partners

We have already built pages for various places of wildlife interest in Canada, but are awaiting partners, click here to browse them. They will all move to this page, as partners (big or small) join us. Whether you are a guide, work in hospitality or some other assistance for wild travel, we are interested in working with you.

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