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Wildlife Guide - Nova Scotia

Whales

With over 20 species of whale travelling along the East Coast of Canada, the country’s most famed Atlantic province is the perfect location to get close to these magnificent marine mammals. Whales of every species can be found cavorting along the coast, from blue whales to humpbacks to the beautiful orca. Present in the summer months, there are countless ways to share the water with the whales. Hope onto a variety of boat tours – from a zodiac to a passenger cruiser – and watch them crash into the waters around you. Kayaking and snorkeling are popular activities for those with a keen sense of adventure, and you will always be accompanied by an expert guide so you can get the most out of your unforgettable excursion. Bring a camera to capture the moment you feel the spray from the spout of a whale!

 

Bobcats

With only around 20 sightings recording on a yearly basis, one of the most breath-taking part of your trip could be the moment you get to feast your eyes on the stealthy, elusive bobcat. Mainly spotted in February and March, keep your eyes peeled as you travel at night, as they are rarely seen in daylight hours. While it is a remarkable experience to see a bobcat wandering the plains in Nova Scotia, it is important to remember that these are wild animals and should not be approached in their natural habitat.  

 

Birds

Nova Scotia has earned a reputation as one of North America’s best bird-watching spots, and hundreds of species can be found across the province. Head to Lawrencetown in the winter months and watch bald eagles, sandpipers and pheasants soar across the skies. You can even visit a location named Bird Island! Jump on one of their popular birding tours and snap some photos of the resident puffins. If you want to see a wide variety of nature’s most spectacular fledglings, head to Cape Sable Island, where over 100 species can be spotted daily.