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Canada Safaris

Canada is home to vast National Parks, tranquil turquoise lakes, rugged mountains, bears, the Aurora Borealis and vibrant cities. Wilderness is always just a heartbeat away with an astonishing diversity of landscapes; the vast Canadian Prairies rise abruptly to the glacier-topped Rocky Mountains; unspoiled coastlines abide by immense forests dotted with emerald lakes; and Arctic waters lap upon tundra. Whatever your expectations are heading into this naturally rich world, be prepared for them to be met and exceeded.

Home to some of North America’s most iconic species, expect to encounter grizzly and black bears, wolves, beavers and powerful cougars. Lucky travellers may also see more unusual species such as the elusive Kermode (spirit) bear, humpback whales, and orca. Learn more about the wildlife in Canada

The Canada Safari Experience

  • Explore Vast Wilderness: There are many different ways to explore Canada, including camping, hiking and canoeing.
  • Track Wild Grizzly Bears: Grizzly bears are often the highlight of a Canadian safari, and can be seen swiping salmon from bubbling rivers with their huge claws.
  • Coastal Exploration: We can take you down the coast of British Columbia on some beautiful expedition ships where you’ll meet some of the most amazing wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears and humpback whales.
  • Search for Spirit Bears: Also known as the Kermode bear, this white-furred subspecies of the black bear can be found in the forests of British Columbia, and features prominently in the oral traditions of the region's indigenous peoples.
  • Helicopter Safaris: Explore vast wilderness and huge glaciers from the air, as high as the circling eagles.
  • Grizzly Bear Gatherings: When temperatures start to freeze in the northern Yukon, watch in wonder as grizzlies flock to the region's rivers to feast on salmon, coating their fur in ice.
  • Head to the Arctic: Head north of the Arctic Circle to see wild polar bears, the Northern Lights, narwhals - the unicorns of the sea - and much more.
  • Kayaking: Kayak with whales off of Vancouver Island.
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The Canada Safari Experience

Why NWS for your Canada safari?

Our fascination for bears originally started over 10 years ago with our niche company named World Bear Safaris. Our CEO and Founder Will Bolsover spent many years alongside our specialists locating the best bear haunts amid Canadian wilderness. As a leading specialist operator, we have specifically chosen lodges that are in some of the most remote areas in the heart of bear country, where it is possible to experience incredible close encounters with grizzly bears.

As well as our long history working in the region, we have developed excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat. Choose to visit the Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy to capture a sight of these unique bears with our highly experienced guides, or head to the tundra to come face-to-face with the King of the Arctic. Our safaris support conservation across Canada, helping to restore and maintain these environments, protecting wildlife and educating future generations.

How much does Canada cost?

Typically, expect to budget just over £10,000 per person for a 10-day safari in Canada. This will generally include accommodation, charter flights and excursions. Browse our Canada Safaris on the right.

When to go to Canada?

The prime time to visit Canada is from June to October, particularly for outdoor activities the country is famous for. However, regional variations exist, with the summer season lasting from late May to early September in the South and a shorter window from mid-June to mid-September in the North before snowfall begins. Wildlife viewing also varies by region and season.

Where to stay?

Canada offers diverse accommodation options, spanning from charming guesthouses to opulent hotels, with variations based on location. From cosy floating lodges hidden in the wilderness to upscale hotels in urban hubs like Vancouver, or private yachts cruising the Pacific Northwest, there's something for every preference.

Explore our curated selection of accommodations, all chosen for their unparalleled access to Canada's natural wonders.

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Canada Safaris FAQs

What type of safari can I experience in Canada?

Canada offers a range of safaris that provide opportunities for wildlife viewing and experiencing its diverse landscapes. From polar bear safaris in Churchill to whale watching off the coasts of British Columbia and Nova Scotia, as well as grizzly bear and bird watching tours in various regions, Canada's safaris offer unique encounters with North American wildlife and natural wonders, making it an appealing destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

When to go to Canada?

The best time to go to Canada is between June and October. Whilst Canada is perceived as a year-round destination, the temperatures of the summer months lend themselves to more of the outdoor activities for which Canada is renowned, although there are huge regional differences to consider, highlighted below, as well as best times to view specific wildlife. Generally, in the South, the summer period is between late May and early September, whilst in the north, this is a much shorter season between mid-June and mid-September, after which snowfall can begin. Read more about when to go to Canada.

Are Canada safari holidays suitable for children?

Canada holidays are great for kids, with a range of family-friendly activities. Known for its child-friendly environment, Canada offers attractions like national parks, zoos, outdoor adventures, cultural festivals, and more. Cities provide family-friendly accommodations, dining, and transport. Ideal for families with kids of all ages.

What will the weather be like?

Canada's weather varies widely: summers (June to August) are warm in most regions, with coastal areas milder and northern regions cooler; falls (September to November) bring cooler temperatures and vibrant foliage; winters (December to February) range from cold in central and northern areas to milder on the coasts, with snowfall for winter sports; springs (March to May) see a gradual warming, with coastal regions experiencing milder conditions earlier. Weather can be unpredictable, so checking forecasts and packing accordingly based on your destination and season is advisable for a comfortable visit.

Where to Stay in Canada?

Canada has a wide variety of accommodation ranging from quaint guest houses to luxury hotels, and can also vary according to location, ranging from smaller floating lodges or tented camps in the heart of the wilderness to modern hotels in larger cities such as Vancouver or private yachts that ply the waters of the Pacific North West. More information on where to stay in Canada.