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The Great Bear Rainforest

The area’s mountains, valleys and forests, extending up much of BC’s coastline, offer sanctuary to large numbers of grizzlies and black bear. No other mainland location offers such intimate wildlife encounters amidst breathtaking natural splendour. You can watch bears on foot or while drifting downriver.

  • Destination: Canada

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

The sanctuary of Khutzeymateen comprises the land that surrounds the inlet of the same name on British Columbia’s north coast. This area, which was important to the First Nations peoples as a place for hunting and fishing, was the first habitat of the grizzly bear to be protected in Canada.

  • Destination: Canada

Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet

This untouched wilderness offers unrivalled opportunities to watch and photograph some of North America's most notable wildlife, including massive brown bears, soaring bald eagles and large pods of orcas. Situated 70 kilometres north of Campbell River, Glendale Cove is accessible by floatplane.

  • Destination: Canada

Martinselkonen Nature Reserve

This reserve is one of the best places in Europe to photograph brown bears. Hides are located in sparse coniferous forest beside a small bog and, lured by carrion, bears can be seen at night from as close as five metres away. During the day there are nature walks, with good opportunities for birdwatching.

  • Destination: Finland

Vancouver Island

The healthy black bear population and whale-watching opportunities make Vancouver Island a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Separated from the mainland by a long strait, the island’s west coast overlooks the Pacific Ocean, while the mountainous interior is heavily forested with big conifers.

  • Destination: Canada


Churchill is known as the ‘Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World’ and lies right in the migratory path of polar bears, as they head north onto the ice floes to spend the winter hunting seals. Situated in Northern Manitoba, the coastline here is so remote that it has not changed in thousands of years.

  • Destination: Canada

Fishing Branch River Ni’iinlii Njik Territorial Park

This is the territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, who know the Fishing Branch river as Ni’iinlii Njik: 'the place where salmon spawn'. For them this is a sacred place, and in 1999, they established the 6,500 square kilometre territorial park to protect the river, which now attracts huge numbers of grizzly bears

  • Destination: Canada

Nakina – Inklin Rivers (Yawu Yaa) Conservancy

Nakina – Inklin Rivers (Yáwu Yaa) Conservancy is located approximately 70 kilometres south of Atlin and encompasses protected fish and wildlife habitats. This truly wild and remote area is criss-crossed with streams heavy with spawning salmon – a magnet for the magnificent grizzly bear.

  • Destination: Canada

Princess Royal Island

Isolated for thousands of years, this amazing wilderness off the BC coast is one of the most pristine areas left on earth – at the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. In summer its wildlife is prolific, and whale watching excursions provides an ideal opportunity to learn about these marine mammals.

  • Destination: Canada

Hudson Bay

The Hudson Bay Lowlands are a wetland, and serve as part of the migration route for polar bears heading south. An area of transition between boreal forest and tundra, Hudson Bay is host to a large diversity of wildlife, the greatest occurring in the spring, with the arrival of migrating birds and newborn animals.

  • Destination: Canada

Riding Mountain National Park

Northwest of Winnipeg, this national park – one of the first in Canada – is a forested island in the middle of Manitoba’s fertile prairie, and protects plants and animals from three distinct ecosystems. Key species are moose, black bear and bison, but lynx, cougar, otter, bald eagle and osprey also live here.

  • Destination: Canada

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is dominated by its forest covered mountains and, because of its location on the North American plate, also experiences volcanic activity in the form of geysers, of which Old Faithful is the most famous. This relatively unique geography has attracted over 60 different animal species.

  • Destination: USA

Tongass National Forest

The 8.5 million hectare Tongass National Forest is the earth’s largest remaining temperate rainforest and an area of rare natural beauty. Covering much of the Inside Passage, it is home to bears grown fat on salmon, eagles soaring the endless skies and 500-year-old trees standing silently over a rich and verdant land.

  • Destination: Alaska

Kodiak Island

The largest island in the Gulf of Alaska is rich in wildlife. The Kodiak bear has lived here for 12,000 years, and 3,000 live in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, which is also an important staging post for seabirds and wintering wildfowl. Summer attracts migrant birds to nest and feed on the plentiful food supply.

  • Destination: Alaska

La Montaña Palentina

This mountainous area around 100 kilometres north of the provincial capital of Palencia, in the northern region of Castilla y León, is a distinct geographical entity. Part of the Cantabrian chain, it boasts peaks such as Espigüete, one of the most distinctive, that reach a height of 2,450 metres.

  • Destination: Spain

Réserve Faunique Matane

Recognised first and foremost for its exceptionally rich wildlife, this wildlife reserve offers nearly 1,300 square kilometres of breathtaking panoramas, with mountains and deep valleys crisscrossed by numerous waterways. Over 150 species of birds can be seen in Réserve Faunique Matane.

  • Destination: Canada

Denali National Park

One of the world’s greatest wildernesses, Denali lies around North America’s highest peak, Mount Denali. Famed for its wildlife which includes 39 species of mammal and 167 birds, spring sees bears stirring from hibernation and birds returning, whilst late summer sees bears feasting on the salmon run.

  • Destination: Alaska

Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is one of India’s most intriguing wildlife destinations. Walking safaris are possible here and hides have been built in its meadows, forested plateaux and mountains, which are shared by a number of mammal species, including sloth bear, leopard and bison (gaur).

  • Destination: India

Grand Teton National Park

The Teton Range dominate the park’s skyline, rising to over 4,000 metres. Plains are dusted with wild flowers and streams cascade down rocky canyons to crystalline lakes. Home to the National Elk Refuge, the park offers stunning mountain scenery and a range of wildlife that includes bison, coyote and black bear.

  • Destination: USA

Yukon Territory

The Yukon borders Alaska on its western edge and British Columbia to the south, and is one of three Canadian territories (rather than provinces). The entire region is dominated by pristine wilderness, home to many of North America’s iconic animals, such as black bear and brown bear, and the mighty Yukon River.

  • Destination: Canada

Pacific Rim National Park

Facing the Pacific Ocean, backed by Vancouver Island’s mountainous spine, this park preserves the natural heritage of Canada’s west coast, whose cool maritime climate generates an abundance of life on land and in the water. Interwoven with these natural wonders is the history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

  • Destination: Canada


Viiksimo is located between two nature reserves – Elimyssalo and Iso-Palonen – in an area that is a tapestry of small lakes, numerous ponds, pine heaths and eskers. Right in the midst of the Finnish wilderness, it is a great place to watch and photograph bears, wolverines and wolves.

  • Destination: Finland

Reserve des Laurentides

This pristine wilderness north of Québec along the Jacques-Cartier River consists of coniferous boreal forest, with yellow birch and sugar maple along the riverbank. Mammals include black bear, bobcat, raccoon, grey wolf, otter, moose, white-tailed deer and caribou, with birds such as barred owl and American kestrel.

  • Destination: Canada

Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului (King’s Rock) is a prominent mountain range in the Southern Carpathians. The narrow, 25-kilometre long, saw-tooth ridge, which rises to 2,238 metres altitude, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of the Carpathians. The entire range lies within the national park.

  • Destination: Romania