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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.

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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.

Our Top Trips & Itineraries for Wildlife Watching Experiences

Whale in the sea at Telegraph Cove

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Untouched Orca Bay

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:Telegraph Cove / Port McNeill
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People Kayaking with Whales in Port Mcniell

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Kayaking with Orcas

Duration:5 days / 4 nights
Location:Orca Base Camp, Port McNeill
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Whale Tail in Victoria

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Whale Tails in Victoria

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
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Black Bear in Tofino

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The Bear Necessities

Duration:4 days / 3 nights (flexible)
Location:Tofino / Ucluelet
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Canada in a Nutshell

Duration:11 days / 10 nights
Itinerary:Vancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Quadra Island - Vancouver
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Featured itinerary

A Taste of West Canada

Duration:16 days / 15 nights
Itinerary:Vancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Whistler - Wells Gray - Jasper - Banff
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Protecting the Environment
Ready to be an eco-warrior? Here's how you can help protect the environment in Canada.
Protecting the environment
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Protecting Local Communities
We're all about supporting local communities when we travel. Read about the First Nation, Inuit and Métis of Canada, and how you can help protect them.
Protecting local communities


Our commitment to animal welfare in tourism
We're an office of animal lovers and are working hard to improve animal welfare in tourism. Find out more about our journey and what's next!
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Meaningful Travel

How To Travel With Meaning - Ethically, Sustainably & Responsibly

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We often talk about travelling with meaning, but what do we mean by that? Watch Jennifer's talk from The Holiday and Travel Show - Destinations Show.

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