Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains

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The Rocky Mountains offer some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Canada, if not North America. For lots of people spotting wildlife may be the highlight of the trip. When it is a grazing elk, a whistling marmot or a black bear playing it’s cubs, you’re certain to encounter many wild creatures.


Also called’Whistlers’ due to the shrill, whistle-like sound they make. They’re photo-friendly animals who live high in the alpine. 

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Place them: High mountain paths; often on peak of the Jasper Tramway on Whistlers mountain.


Appropriately named because their horns are enormous, they are usually used as a sign of the Rocky Mountains.


You may have to look up to see them because they prefer the inland regions, particularly cliffs or steep slopes.


Grizzly bears (or brown bears as they’re sometimes known) are possibly the most infamous of all creatures in the Rockies. They are recognisable by the large hump in their shoulders, although you likely won’t need to get close enough to detect it.

To make matters confusing they also are often brown in color. Maintain your eyed open and return!


Recognisable with their enormous antlers and bulbous nose, moose are often quite timid animals. During mating season (October – November) they could become more competitive, and you might hear them making a very loud, peculiar bellow as they attempt to attract a mate.

Elk are quite a frequent sight in the Rockies and they frequently seem fairly tame as they graze nonchalantly from the roadside. It is worth giving them a wide berth however, especially during the breeding season (fall) since they’ve been known to strike.

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