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Protecting Local Wildlife

Close up bear in the woods

Let’s face it, no Canada trip would be complete without spotting the occasional moose, bear or orca. Yep, this place is renowned for its top-drawer wildlife experiences – on land and at sea! We all have a responsibility to protect the wildlife we encounter; ensuring they thrive, long after the bucket list has been ticked. If you’re banking on embracing your ‘inner Attenborough’ during your Canada holiday, here are a few tips on how you can do it responsibly.

Go wild, or go home

Firstly, there really is no better way to experience Canada’s wildlife than, er… in the wild. Whether you’re watching a pod of orcas zipping between the waves off Vancouver Island, spying a grizzly stalking its lunch upstream, coming face-to-beak with a bald eagle or driving past the occasional grazing moose, nothing beats the exhilaration of experiencing animals doing their own thing, and on their own turf.

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Keep your distance

When viewing animals in their natural habitat, it’s really important to keep a healthy distance; not only for your own safety but also to avoid stopping the animals from exhibiting their natural behaviour. Luckily, when you’re wildlife-watching with the experts (like our knowledgeable guides), they’ll know all the best advice and nifty spots, so you can experience the thrill of wildlife-watching, respectfully and safely.

Say ’no’ to marine captivity

Sadly (and a little ironically), Canada is still home to captive cetaceans (like whales and dolphins), despite many of the same species living free, in the wild. We strongly advise against visiting marine parks and dolphinarias anywhere in the world. If you want to support marine life in Canada, remember to always keep your experience wild, and encourage other travellers to do the same. Want to find out more? Our friends at the World Cetacean Alliance are experts in marine conservation.

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Be our eyes and ears!

We work really closely with our local partners on the ground in Canada, to ensure that our wildlife trips run as smoothly, respectfully and safely as possible. If you spot anything that you’re worried about during your Rickshaw holiday, we want to know about it. Simply get in touch with your travel specialist, with as many details (including photos) as possible, and we’ll investigate.

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Kayaking with Orcas

  • Orca Base Camp, Port McNeill
  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • from £ 1,196.- per person (excluding flights)
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The Bear Necessities

  • Tofino / Ucluelet
  • 4 days / 3 nights (flexible)
  • from £ 379.- per person (excluding flights)
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Canada in a Nutshell

  • Vancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Quadra Island - Vancouver
  • 11 days / 10 nights
  • from £ 2,268.- per person (excluding flights)
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A Taste of West Canada

  • Vancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Whistler - Wells Gray - Jasper - Banff
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • from £ 3,155.- per person (excluding flights)
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