Animals of the North Thompson Valley
Deep in the wilderness of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, all kinds of animals roam. As a result, opportunities for wildlife viewing abound. These creatures have called the wilderness of the North Thompson home for thousands of years, almost since the land itself was formed.
This is your front row seat to wildlife viewing in Canada’s untamed natural wonders.
Keep your eyes peeled along the drive, as the trees and meadows along the Yellowhead Highway are areas rich with bears, moose, deer, elk, caribou, mountain goats, and more. When hiking, look for hoofprints, pawprints, and other signs of animals travelling over the pristine wilderness terrain.
Discover some of North America’s best birding sites, where over 250 species of birds make their home among unique ecosystems and breath-taking landscapes.
Explore hundreds of lakes and rivers, and cast a line in some of the world’s best fishing grounds. Watch as salmon spring forth, so as to follow the ancestral journey from ocean to river to spawning grounds.
You can catch a glimpse of these furry, feathery, and scaled local residents any time of the year, though spring and autumn are the prime seasons for wildlife viewing. Meanwhile, winter is a good time to hone your tracking skills, especially after a light snowfall.
Review wildlife viewing safety practices when planning your trip. Wells Gray and Mt Robson Provincial Parks were established to protect wildlife and to ensure they continue to thrive. By following some basic guidelines, both animals and people can continue to share these beautiful spaces for generations.
Visit WildSafeBC.com for wildlife safety resources and best practices for encounters with common species in British Columbia.