Canada’s Beautiful and Iconic Wildlife – A Photo Essay
Human beings don’t shape Canada’s 150-year legacy alone. The wildlife within Canada’s boundaries also contributes by bringing an incredible scenic and natural element to our pristine environment. To commemorate our gorgeous unique animals, we have composed this photo essay to show you just some of the incredible wildlife who call Canada home.
The Gorgeously Large Grizzly Bear
Most grizzlies get as big as 390 pounds! They are pretty large creatures – in fact, they are the largest bear in the world. Yep, even larger than the polar bear. You can find these guys out west (25,000 ish to be exact!) mainly in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.
Do take note! They may look cuddly, but they sure aren’t! Stay clear of any confrontation with these guys. Sadly you will come out second best. Make sure you carry bear spray with you, hike in groups, make noise in quiet forest areas, stay alert so you see the bear FIRST and you don’t startle him.
IF you startle him and he is defensive, back away – NEVER RUN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
The Adorably Beautiful Polar Bear:
Our beloved Polar Bear who lives in the Arctic in Northern Canada, is a beautiful coat of white as he swims through the ocean water. He is sadly endangered as the glaciers are melting due to global warming – a serious problem that needs to be addressed and taken seriously! To see our close friends, you can do expeditions up in Churchill Manitoba (more about this coming soon in the series!)
The beaver is very symbolic of Canada. In fact, it is one of our national animals and can be found on the five cent coin. Beavers live near the rivers and streams building their warm lodges for the winter months and dams during the summer. You can clearly identify a tree that has been chopped down by a beaver’s teeth by its unique shape. Lodges are usually made of mulch, twigs, and tree branches they chop down. They resemble a mini tee-pee in the stream. You can find these cute little guys in conservation areas including national parks, rivers, streams, and other ponds and lakes. They are found all over the country and are loved so much, they are the official symbol of one of the oldest clothiers in the country – Roots Canada.
The Adorable “Indecisive” Groundhog
Not only is he notoriously inaccurate in predicting whether we will have an early spring or not, but the groundhog is also famous for his cuteness and presence in the Northern areas of Ontario. Groundhogs enjoy fields, forests, and conservation areas. They feed on vegetation and hide food in the winter time in order to hibernate during the cold months.
The Symbolic Moose
One of the most famous Canadian animals, and symbolic really of the country, the moose stands strong in Northern Ontario through to the West Coast. Distinguished by large flat antlers, the moose is the largest species of the deer family. You can find moose in other parts of the world including the USA, Latvia, and Estonia; however, the majority of these large deer are located within the Canadian borders.
The Incredibly Majestic Arctic Wolf
Mostly located up in the Arctic Archipelago, these guys enjoy a good feed on arctic fox, fish, and baby seals. Their beautiful white coat distinguishes them from other breeds as well as camouflages them in the snow when going after prey.
The Lovely Caribou
Caribou are large deer that thrive in all parts of Canada. These guys have large antlers and feed mainly on vegetation and bugs. Canada’s caribou are so beautiful that some were used in the Santa Clause movies featuring Tim Allen. Plus, if you look closely at the Canadian Quarter, you will see the caribou’s side profile.
The Blue Jay
Not just the symbol of our beloved one and only Canadian Baseball team, the blue jay charms all Canadians when it visits throughout the spring and summer months. The blue jay’s main diet is mostly made up of acorns, nuts, and small bugs. Their call isn’t the nicest of sounds as it is more like a screech, but at least you can identify which bird has stopped by based on his sound!
The Haunting, though beautiful Loon
Have you ever heard the call of the loon? Well, it is the most hauntingly tranquil sound you will hear. Up in cottage country the loons famously go for a swim in the lakes when they are as calm as glass. They make a tiny ripple in the waters as they swim by and call to the wild with their unmistakable call. They are found in Canada and are the ideal alarm clock on a pristine morning of solitude.
The Canada Goose
A national symbol, the Canada Goose is one of the largest of all geese species. Happy in Northern climates, this pesky bird has now been introduced in the UK, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands, and other parts of Europe. It eats a mainly herbivorous diet and can normally be found near waterfronts.
These are just a few of the incredible animals gracing our country. Celebrate with us on our 150th by embracing the wildlife that has contributed to how our country has evolved as a nation. When I think of home while abroad, automatically I think of the big moose, polar bears, grizzlies, and all the rest that await me when i’m home; Canada just wouldn’t be the same without the morning and dusk loon calls, the beaver-chopped trees, and the pesky groundhog that usually sees his shadow…