A chance encounter with a bear or moose can be special or dangerous because wild animals are just that: wild. Safely watch Canadian wildlife and non-native animals at farms and wildlife parks in Nova Scotia. Be it a dam-building beaver, slow-moving moose, or lumbering bear, families and Nova Scotia visitors will delight in a day trip to a local wildlife park.
Canadian Wildlife at Nova Scotia Wildlife Parks
Near Halifax, in Cape Breton, and in the Annapolis Valley, find great opportunities to see iconic Canadian wildlife. Observe bears, moose, wolves, beavers, and more Canadian wildlife at the following animal parks:
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park: See Nova Scotia wildlife such as wolves, moose, bears, beavers, porcupines, raccoons, and cougars. The animals are a mix of those born in captivity and those that can no longer survive in the wild due to injuries or human interaction. The park also houses dozens of bird species, including owls, falcons, and Canada geese. Open daily from mid-May to mid-October, the wildlife park opens weekends the remainder of the year.
Two Rivers Wildlife Park: Run by a community non-profit organization, this year-round wildlife park features bears, a moose, wolves, skunks, and a groundhog. Located in Cape Breton, the parks is ideal for picnicking and family day trips.
Oaklawn Farm Zoo: See more Canadian wildlife at Oaklawn Farm Zoo, such as bears, raccoons, foxes, deer, and cougars. But the zoo is also home to exotic animals like camels, tigers, wallabies, and pythons. The Annapolis Valley park opens daily from Easter through to mid-October, and pairs nicely with a visit to Grand Pré and Wolfville.
Canadian images of vast wilderness and untouched landscapes often feature animals. From Canadian coins to sports mascots, Canada celebrates its iconic wildlife:
Beavers: Featured on the Canadian nickel, beavers are common in lakes and waterways. Their handiwork (gnawed trees and dammed waterways) can be unwelcome.
Bears: These mammals draw curiosity for their power and sometimes deadly interactions with humans. Nova Scotia is home to black bears, while Grizzly bears live in western Canada and Polar Bears in Canada’s north.
Cougars: A rare sight in the wild, cougars are shy and cover large territories.
Moose: With their widely spanning antlers, moose are a popular Canadian image. Moose usually choose territory away from human habitation and the Mainland Moose is endangered in Nova Scotia.
Wolves: Another shy Canadian animal, wolves live and hunt in packs. Wolves are extinct in Nova Scotia.
Although these animals can be found in the wild, the safest place to observe them (for both humans and the animals) is in a wildlife park.