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The Wild and Wonderful Wildlife of Canada

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

For sweeping mountain vistas and the chance to see some incredible flora and fauna, one of the most enticing destinations in the world is Canada - hiking holiday experts rate its national parks and walking routes highly, and not without reason.

A guided walk through the Canadian Rockies will not only be accompanied by spectacular scenery every step of the way, but will also bring walkers the chance to see the region's beautiful trees and flowers, and wonderful wildlife, as they travel. Here are just a few of the memorable species that, should they choose Canada, hiking holiday groups could be treated to.

Black Bear

The smallest of North America's bear species, the black bear can be found in or near to forested areas. They are omnivorous and are known to leave the forests where they live in search of food, so, while walking Banff and other National Parks in Canada, hiking holiday groups have a good chance of seeing them. Tell tale signs that a bear lives nearby include claw and tooth marks on trees, a method that members of the species uses to communicate with one another.

Elk and other deer

Elk, also known as Wapiti, are certainly one of the most striking indigenous species in Canada. Hiking holiday participants can see them roaming and grazing in their natural habitat, in forests or around the forest edge. They are easily identified by their magnificent antlers, which males use to spar in the mating season. Other species of deer include the reindeer or caribou, which can be seen travelling in herds, the white-tailed deer and the mule deer.

Birds

For bird-watching enthusiasts, the Canadian Rockies are a true treat. The avian star of the region is undoubtedly the bald eagle, which, at 7kg with a wingspan of over 2m, is Canada's largest bird of prey. They can be seen surveying the land, soaring above, hunting for fish, rodents and smaller birds, or even eyeing up a picnic. Other birds to look out for include the Canada Goose and blue grouse.

Trees and flowers

It isn't just the fauna that makes guided walks so special in Canada. Hiking holiday participants will be in the vicinity of an impressive 996 tree, grass and flower species. The trees - including pine, aspen, balsam, white spruce and Douglas fir - are an important part of what makes the landscapes here so beautiful. Walking in the mountains also means coming across meadows of picturesque flowers - such as the prairie crocus, shooting star, western wood lily, bunchberry, bronze bells, and, at the alpine level, glacier lily and several types of heather, to name a few. The region offers a different palette at every mountain level, always enriching the scenery with the vibrant colours.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a Canada hiking holiday to see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries.

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