#1 Barren-Ground Caribou
In the Canada’s North there are approximately 14 different Caribou Herds! The biggest herd (Porcupine Herd) has around 197,000 members!!! You can spot these beautiful beasts in the open tundra and in between the sparse trees of the northern landscape. The Porcupine Herd is often seen along the Dempster Highway in the fall and winter season.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Caribou only live to be 10-13 years old!
During the fall mating season, Moose, also referred too as ‘Swamp Donkey’s’, wander widely to find a mate, and can be found just about anywhere in the North! You can typically find Moose in bogy areas, small lakes, and streams.
Tip: You have the best chance seeing these huge animals in their natural habitat! So take a hike or go boating in the wilderness to go say hello!
Fun Fact: Both male and females have a hair-covered flap of skin hanging from their throats; this is called a “bell”!
#3 Wood Bison
The largest land mammal on the continent, the illusive Wood Bison is typically found in the lower regions of the Yukon, near Whitehorse. They can be seen in other parts of Canada but it’s a rare occurrence. In the Yukon there are three distinct herds, all of which are part of a large conservation effort aimed at returning the species to its former glory.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Wood Bison can run up to 40 mph and jump heights reaching 6 feet in the air?!?
Found in the very northern parts of the Yukon, the iconic shaggy haired Muskox sticks out in the stark cold beauty of the tundra. They are unique arctic creatures known for their long mains and ability to withstand some of the harshest climates in the world. If you’re lucky enough you just might see them on your trip to Hershel Island Territorial Park!
Fun Fact: Did you know that a male Muskox roars? And that it sounds similar to that of an African Lion?!!
#5 Dall’s Sheep
The Dall’s Sheep is the famous and often seen white sheep of the Yukon. Both the rams (males) and ewes (females) have curved horns, although the ram horns are unmistakably longer and curled. They are scattered all over the territory but are typically seen in the Pelly Mountains of central Yukon.
Tip: When driving past these mountains look for small patches of “snow” on the cliffs that suddenly start to move!
Fun Fact: Did you know that the age of a Dall’s sheep can be calculated by counting the number of growth rings on its horns! Just as you do with trees!!!
#6 Grizzly Bears
Of the many predators prowling the Arctic Tundra the Grizzly Bear is the most common, respected and feared! Grizzly bears in Canada’s North are often found in open alpine or tundra habitats, but they can also be found in forested areas. Arctic mountain grizzlies are found primarily in the northern Yukon from the Alaska border to the Richardson Mountains, which overlap the North-Western part of the NWT. When driving the Dempster Highway keep your eyes open! Chances are high that you’ll see one!
Tip: When in bear country make sure you respect our ursine neighbours and educate yourself about bear safety!
Fun Fact: Did you know that a Grizzly Bear can stand 8 feet tall when on its back feet! That’s taller than a stop sign!
There are many many many more wonderful wild beasts wandering the northern land of the Canadian Arctic, come discover the land for yourself! Book a trip to Canada’s North for the adventure of a lifetime.