The North is rich with some of the most abundant and diverse plant and wildlife anywhere in the world.
Over 400 species of birds and 100 species of mammals are known to inhabit or migrate here. Excellent wildlife viewing for species such as grizzly bear, moose, caribou, bald eagles and marine life can be had with ease and in numbers unknown in most other areas of North America.
The north offers some of the most spectacular opportunities for viewing wildlife in the world. The following links provide information about wildlife, birds, and fish available in the north.
For the aspiring botanist or horticulturist fascinated by eco-systems, biodiversity and discovering native plant species, we’ve collected several local plant lists for you to take on your adventure vacation with us. Enjoy!
Stories That Might Interest You
10 Ways to Spot more Wildlife
Tips for spotting and appreciating more wildlife on wilderness river expeditions, including advice on understanding animal behavior, timing and equipment.Read More
Bird Songs of the Nahanni
As the days grow long, the snowdrifts recede and the first hints of green appear in the trees, I let bird song wash over me, a spring baptism of sorts. We are on the same trajectory, these birds and I as we both prepare for our yearly pilgrimage to the Arctic.Read More
In Our Element
As we settle into our fall routine in the North full of gear maintenance and gathering firewood I often find my mind returning to some of the sublime moments of seasons past. Those points in time where my senses were fully engaged and a point in time became seared in my mind; these are moments both profound and ordinary in the wilds of the Nahanni watershed.Read More
Finding Mammoths on the Firth River
Nunaluk Spit is a place unlike any other. Here, the Firth River meets the least-explored ocean on our planet: the Arctic Ocean, a place where the intensity and vibrancy of the North never disappoints.Read More
Wood Bison in the Spotlight
Learn about the NWT’s wood bison herds along the Nahanni from CBC Naturalist Brian Keating. This species-at-risk is coming back due to efforts to reintroduce populations to the territory.Read More
Raptors Thrive on the Firth
On a recent expedition to the Firth River we marvelled at the robust populations of birds of prey in the region, a heartening sign of a healthy ecosystem. This journey was one of our Rafting with Researchers expeditions, where guests are treated to the firsthand expertise of Parks Canada researchers.Read More
Swans of the Nahanni
Joel Hibbard recounts an encounter with a pair of Trumpeter Swans on the Nahanni River.Read More
Don’t Miss Amazing Northern Birding Opportunities
One of the best kept secrets on our expeditions are the incredible opportunities for birders, from beginners to experts, to see migrating waterfowl as they head north in the spring.Read More
Muskoxen – Prehistoric Marvel
Always a delight to find and watch, the muskox is a highlight of any tundra river expedition.Read More