While searching through our photos, I’m always struck by the range and amount of wildlife we have seen while on our travels in Western Canada. So why not a whole post dedicated to the topic?

Wild and wonderful

Here are some of our favourite wildlife sightings in BC, Yukon, Alberta and NWT over the last few years. All are completely wild animals (i.e. not living in captivation) and photographed in their natural habitat. I would love to hear about the animals you have spotted on your own adventures, whether in Canada or otherwise.

All photos were taken with Canon Powershot SX50 Camera (affiliate link)

lynx near icefields parkway alberta

We had the chance to observe this lynx as he hunted for his next meal on the side of the road in Alberta. We don’t know if it caught anything but he was in full hunting mode, completely ignoring us as JR took this picture. It was strange to see a wild animal acting just like a house cat on the hunt.moose alaska highway

This moose was incredibly nonchalant as he crossed the road. I am always so impressed by how big moose can be. People often ask if we’re ever concerned about bears while exploring the wilderness of Canada. I’m actually more afraid of moose! They are very powerful and surprisingly fast. black bear courtenay

Sea Otters Dinner rock

These sea otters were in a feeding frenzy just off the coast of  Powell River. We could hear the chomping and crunching of there freshly caught fish. Yes, this is how close to the shore they were!Coyote Yukon

big horn sheep alberta highway 11

These two young mountain goats were playing at being adults. Surrounded by the herd, they were just playfully butting heads.

seal near cortes island

deer comox valley
bald eagle cortes island

Coyote near Merritt BC

orca whales vancouver islanGround squirrel in tombstone

black bear alberni valle

This protective mother bear having a stroll with her two cubs a Vancouver Island logging road. The bear cubs did not seem too bothered about us but the mother was well aware that we were there. We did not get out of the van for this photo. Whales from dinner rock

bald eagle denman islandporcupine yukon

Tombstone Territorial Park Marmot Grizzly Lake Trail

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One half of a Canadian/British couple currently based in New Brunswick, Canada. Gemma is happiest with a kayak/canoe paddle in her hand, on the trail or planning the next big adventure.

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