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Most North American wildlife vacations focus on Alaska or Canada as the polar life is simply amazing. Look out for bears, whales and other marine life. Or head a little further south to see Montana’s grizzly bears or bison herds.

  1. Denali National Park, Alaska One of Alaska’s favorite national parks is home to bears, caribou, moose, mountain sheep, fox, lynx, wolves and a variety of birds. Hike, dog sled, snow shoe or ski through with your eyes peeled.
  2. Giant Grizzlies, Knight Fjord, British Colombia The giant grizzly is king here and can be seen all year round. In spring they hang out by the water’s edge, in summer they mate and spar on the beach and in autumn they feed on salmon in the Glendale River.
  3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / Montana Draw up a list of the animals you want to see and tick them off in Yellowstone. There’s beaver, moose and bighorn sheep, you might glimpse a grizzly or black bear, or even a feeding pack of gray wolf. Outside of Africa it’s rare to see this many mammals.
  4. Baffin Island, Canada Steer your dog sled along the fjords north of the Arctic Circle to view caribou, polar bear, arctic fox, arctic hare or wolves or kayak to explore the marine wildlife like the ringed seal, harp seal, walrus, beluga whales and narwhals.
  5. Yosemite National Park One of the great biological and geological attractions of North America also has a bird list 300 species long and mammals including the top predators like mountain lion and black bear.
  6. Polar bears, Churchill This is one of the best places in the world to see polar bears. During the arctic winter, the bears roam the ice feasting on seals. But in the autumn they get pretty hungry waiting for the sea to freeze and congregate on the Churchill shores which are amongst the first to freeze up in November.
  7. Bison herds, Montana Montana boasts the largest numbers of wild and domestic bison. Relax in a log cabin surrounded by a magnificent bison herd.
  8. Newfoundland, Canada Each year as the giant icebergs drift down the Newfoundland coast, thousands of great whales migrate north to the shores of Newfoundland for the summer feeding season. If you get in the water you will often encounter dolphins, porpoises and a variety of sea birds like puffins, storm petrels, kittiwakes, murres and whales.
  9. Prince Albert National Park, Canada Spend unforgettable days traversing this giant wilderness by snow shoe, dog sled and vehicle in the realm of the wolf, moose, otter, fox and elk.
  10. Brown bear safaris, Kodiak Island, Alaska This large island abounds with brown bears, sea otters, whales, seals and sea lions. It is also an important staging area for seabirds and wintering wildfowl whose populations number over a million. View the bears by air or in a kayak.

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