#CrossCanada Wildlife Sightings

I know more than a few people thought I was a little nutso when I decided to road trip back and forth #CrossCanada this year for work in Ontario, as opposed to flying. Well, I have to say I’d do it again in a flash.  Not only did I get to enjoy Canada’s wide-diversity of landscapes and natural beauty, snippets of our countries cultural diversity and the food that comes with it, reflective time to my road tripping library of Canadian musicians, but I saw an insane amount of Canadian wildlife (each day, that many only read about in books).

Here’s a taste of what we saw on our Spring #CrossCanada Road Trip from Southern Ontario to Southern BC.

Days 1 & 2: Northern Ontario

We probably saw more wildlife than anywhere else in Northern Ontario, but much of this was at dusk, so we didn’t catch it on camera, just in our memories.  Sightings included: fox, coyotes, eagles, a hare, a bear and a moose. The fact that we saw all these animals around dusk by the side of the road was a good reminder why we needed to drive with extreme care and alertness between dusk and dawn.

 

Early Morning at Fort La Cloche

 

Footprints at Fort La Cloche

 

Tranquil Canadian Shield Beauty

 

Day 3: Manitoba

Our drive through Manitoba was a quick one, with most of our time spent in The Exchange in Winnipeg, but we did see deer and enjoy the beautiful spring birch.

 

Spring in Manitoba

 

Day 4: Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan was definitely one of the favourite parts of our drive for it’s gentle natural beauty, including red-winged blackbirds, beaver lodges, and a number of striking waterfowl.

 

Greeted by beautiful song in Saskatchewan Marshes

 

Canada's favourite rodent at home in Saskatchewan

 

Pelicans! Such an amazing treat!

 

Quackers for our last look at Saskatchewan

 

Day 5: Alberta

Amazing the difference you see in the landscape when crossing into Alberta from Saskatchewan, even before you hit the Rockies.  This drive held sightings of magpi, bison, elk and deer, magnificent beasts that reflected the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains that we were approaching.

 

A Morning Magpi

 

Alberta Bison

 

Elk, one of Jasper's Beauty

 

Elk in Jasper National Park

 

Day 6: BC

Not a bad end to the trip with these two British Columbian Beauties on the home stretch …

 

Beautiful in British Columbia