OBSERVATIONS OF BIRDS AND LARGE MARINE ANIMALS
In the provinces of Canada, which are located on the shores of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, excursions and cruises to observe large marine animals and ornithological tours are very popular.
Today, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is considered one of the best places in the world for observing large marine life and birds. Every year, from May to September, about 22 species of whales come to coastal waters. Here you can see humpback whales, minke whales, finals, sperm whales, dolphins and harp seals. Thousands of seagulls, terns, eels, guillemots, car washes, northern boobies and cormorants live on the coasts of the province, as well as eagles, eagles and ospreys. Excursions (in detail) along the provincial coast are arranged from the capital city of St. Johns.
200 km west of Halifax in the province of Nova Scotia on the Port Mouton Peninsula lies the coastal part of the Kedzhimkujik National Park. The Atlantic coast here is a great place to observe birds and marine life, such as seals and turtles. In the province, you can also watch marine animals and birds on the island of Cape Breton off the northeast coast of the Nova Scotia Peninsula and on the coast of the Bay of Fundy.
However, the most popular places in the Bay of Fundy for such tours are in the province of New Brunswick. Here you can see 15 species of whales, including humpback and blue whales, belugas, killer whales, porpoises, seals, and more than 100 species of birds. Excursions (in detail) along the coast depart from the city of St. John.
The best places to observe whales, seals and birds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are the coasts of the province of Prince Edward Island, as well as the Gaspezi Peninsula and Madeleine Archipelago in the province of Quebec. In addition, in the province of Quebec, the National Marine Park of the Saginay and St. Lawrence Rivers is located, which is located east of Quebec on the northern bank of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. Here the fresh waters of the St. Lawrence and Saginai rivers and the salty waters of St. Lawrence Bay are mixed. 16 species of mammals are protected in the park: beluga whales, blue whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales, finwales, white dolphins, spotted, gray and harp seals and others.
On the Pacific coast of Canada in the province of British Columbia, Pacific Rim National Park, located on Vancouver Island, 337 km from Victoria, is a good place to observe birds and large marine animals. During excursions, tourists can watch whales, killer whales, seals, sea lions, otters, as well as a variety of birds. At the northern tip of the Pacific coast of British Columbia are the islands of Queen Charlotte. Part of the Queen Charlotte Islands is Guay Haanas National Park. This is the only place in Canada where the Pacific hatchet nests, the country’s largest coastal eagle populations live here, as well as the largest peregrine falcon populations in the world. In spring and summer, gray whales swim through the islands; in addition, sea lions and other pinnipeds can be seen in coastal waters.
In northern Canada, unlimited opportunities for observing large marine animals and birds are provided in the Nunavut Territory. Most excursions leave from the city of Iqaluit. From June to August, about 30 species of birds are recorded in Auyuittuk National Park, including partridge, white owl, eider, peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, sandworm, plantain, mountain skate, Canadian goose and burgomaster, and spotted and harp seals and sea seals appear in coastal waters hares (lahtaki), belugas, narwhals and walruses. In addition, from the end of summer to the beginning of November, polar bears can be seen on the coast of the park.
An equally popular destination for animal watching tours is the Hudson Bay. Beluga whales, narwhals, walruses and seals are found here. The main starting point for such trips in this part of the country is the city of Churchill in the province of Manitoba. In addition, Churchill is known throughout the world as the “capital of polar bears.” In the vicinity of the city are the southernmost habitats of polar bears, because it stands on the migration route of polar bears from the tundra to the Hudson Bay. South of Churchill on the Hudson Bay on an area of 11475 square meters. km stretches Vapusk National Park. This is one of the largest polar bear wintering spots in North America.
In addition to ornithological tours along the coasts of Canada, the country offers guided tours for birdwatching that settle along the shores of lakes and rivers. This opportunity is provided in almost any national park.