• Whales at Digby Neck (Nova Scotia): For a chance to see fin, minke, or humpback whales, choose from a plethora of whale-watching outfitters located along this narrow peninsula of remote fishing villages. Right, sperm, blue, and pilot whales, along with the infrequent orcas, have also been seen over the years. Getting to the tip of the peninsula is half the fun -- it requires two ferries.
  • Birds and Caribou on the Avalon Peninsula (Newfoundland): In one busy day, you can see a herd of caribou, the largest puffin colony in North America, and an extraordinary gannet colony visible from mainland cliffs.
  • Whales at Baie Ste-Catherine (Québec): About a 2-hour drive north of Québec City in the upper Charlevoix region, hundreds of resident minke and beluga whales are joined by blue, fin, and humpback whales in the summers. Mid-June to early October is the best time to see them. They can be spotted from land, but whale-watching cruises offer closer looks. The website www.whales-online.net provides up-to-date info on activity in the region.
  • Pelicans in Prince Albert National Park (Saskatchewan): On Lavallee Lake roosts the second-largest pelican colony in North America. Bison, moose, elk, caribou, black bear, and red fox also roam free in this 400,000-hectare (1 million-acre) wilderness.
  • Orcas off Vancouver Island (British Columbia): The waters surrounding Vancouver Island teem with orcas (killer whales), as well as harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and harbor and Dahl's porpoises. In Victoria, Seafun Safaris Whale Watching is one of many companies offering whale-watching tours in Zodiacs and covered boats.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.