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The Great Eight Beasts of North America

The wildlife of northern America and Canada is much like its landscape – unique, untamed and beautiful. From the big bad wolf to the mighty moose, this is the home of iconic creatures from bedtime stories and nature documentaries the world over.

Join us on a tour here and see how many of these Great Eight beasts you can spot for yourself!

The Grizzly Bear

Reaching heights of up to 8ft tall when upright, grizzly bears are an impressive sight. But despite their size, they mainly get by on nuts and berries, with the odd rodent, moose and salmon thrown in when available. When the salmon are plentiful, each bear uses its own fishing technique, learnt as a cub from its mother and perfected as an adult with its long, razor-sharp claws and quick reflexes. Table manners are often forgotten.

Spot grizzly bears on our tours in Canada, including Via Rail & the Canadian Rockies, Canadian Rockies and Majestic Rockies.

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The Gray Wolf

There may not be any creature as beautiful, arresting or as universally respected throughout human culture as the wolf. Skilled hunters, they are also playful and highly sociable within their packs. Keep your eyes peeled around dusk if you want to catch a glimpse of these nocturnal animals - and don't be alarmed if you hear that archetypal howl. It's a wolf-to-wolf thing.

Look out for North America’s iconic gray wolves on a two-night stay in Yellowstone National Park on our Geysers to Glaciers and our Exploring America’s Great Parks tours.

The Humpback Whale

To see a humpback whale throw its colossal bulk out of the water and crash back down again with a thunderous clap is a display of power that will leave you awestruck. Alaska offers plenty of chances to catch one of these impressive performances, especially memorable from the viewing platform of an intimate cruise ship that’s built to bring you closer to Alaska’s incredible sights.

Go humpback whale-watching on our Colourful Newfoundland, our Highlights of Alaska and Inside Passage and our Spectacular Alaska tours.

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Available tours & cruises: 6

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