Churchill, Manitoba

Pack your zoom lens and extra memory cards on the family-friendly (ages eight and up) Birds, Bears and Belugas tour with Churchill Wild. Highlights of the eight-day itinerary include boat outings to snorkel with curious beluga whales and listen to their songs via hydrophone, and walking on the spongy tundra to get close—but not too close—to polar bears in walking hibernation as they wait for the bay to freeze over so they can go out onto the ice and hunt.

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

If you’re under the impression that the Prairies are empty wilderness, head to this natural grassland, one of only a few remaining in North America. Pack binoculars for the best views of its herds of plains bison and black-tailed prairie dogs while on a self-guided driving tour, or borrow protective gaiters and join Parks Canada staff on a hike for a chance to see resident snakes. 

Port McNeill and Alert Bay, British Columbia

Get a glimpse of B.C.’s most iconic wildlife from a First Nations perspective on the day-long Grizzly Bears of the Wild tour with Sea Wolf Adventures, which takes guests by boat to look for grizzlies, black bears, humpback whales, dolphins and orca. For a longer excursion, add on a fishing trip or a salmon barbecue on the beach near an ancient village site.