Protecting Local Wildlife

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.

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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

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Untouched Orca Bay

Duration3 days / 2 nights

LocationTelegraph Cove / Port McNeill

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Kayaking with Orcas

Duration5 days / 4 nights

LocationOrca Base Camp, Port McNeill

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The Bear Necessities

Duration4 days / 3 nights (flexible)

LocationTofino / Ucluelet

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Canada in a Nutshell

Duration11 days / 10 nights

LocationVancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Quadra Island - Vancouver

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A Taste of West Canada

Duration16 days / 15 nights

LocationVancouver - Victoria - Tofino - Whistler - Wells Gray - Jasper - Banff

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People walking up a path with flowersProtecting 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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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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