From delicate songbirds to lumbering moose, playful otters to wary Canada lynx, Ontario is rich with incredible wildlife viewing. We’ve assembled this list of parks, wildlife preserves, bird centres, and animal attractions so you can experience the province’s finest fauna-watching for yourself. Please respect wildlife while exploring—read Ontario Parks’ guide to ethical wildlife photography for some great tips on viewing etiquette.
Canadian Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane
Learn about these magnificent northern bruins at Cochrane’s Polar Bear Habitat, a centre for polar bear research, education, and conservation. Situated on 24 acres, the Habitat’s five large outdoor enclosures offer visitors the chance to see the bears in natural boreal and subarctic environments. See what the bears are up to via their live webcams. Get directions to this park.
Killarney Provincial Park
With its sprawling wilderness of inland lakes, coastal shores, ancient mountains, and rugged Canadian Shield, Killarney Provincial Park is a wildlife-seeker’s dream. Catch sight of black bear, fox, lynx, otters, beaver, moose, and more along Killarney’s extensive canoe routes and hiking trails. Get directions to this park.
Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre
With live wolfcams and an indoor observatory, visitors can almost always catch a glimpse of the Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre’s resident pack as they wander through their 15-acre forested environment. Plus, every Thursday evening in July and August, you can join Wolf Centre staff for an interpretive program, followed by a short walk during which your guide will engage the wolves in a round of howls. Get directions to this park.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
The sprawling boreal forest and endless waterways of Superior Country provide ideal habitat for the versatile and resourceful black bear. Just about every road and park in this corner of the province offers a potential bear sighting, but one of our favourites is spectacular Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Get directions to this park.
Quetico Provincial Park
Canada boasts 95% of the global loon population—and the vast, watery wilderness of Quetico Provincial Park is the perfect place to watch these iconic birds. Dip your paddle in some of the park’s more than 2,000 lakes, and you will be serenaded by the loons’ haunting calls. Learn more about Ontario’s loons, and if you’re canoeing in Killarney Provincial Park this spring or summer, consider participating in their annual loon count! Get directions to this park.
Canadian Raptor Conservancy, Norfolk County
Situated on the shores of Lake Erie near bird-watching hotspot Long Point National Wildlife Area, the Canadian Raptor Conservancy is one of the largest captive breeding projects in the world. The facility features over 200 captive-bred birds on site, as well as a rehabilitation program for injured birds. Regular events include “owl prowls” and public photography sessions; the Conservancy also performs educational birds of prey demonstrations at shows and festivals across Canada. Get directions to this park.
Neys Provincial Park
The deep boreal forest of Neys Provincial Park is home to the shy Canada lynx, one of Ontario’s three wild cat species (the others are bobcat and cougar). Take a quiet hike along the park’s beautiful trails for your best chance at spotting one of these majestic creatures. Get directions to this park.
Chapleau Crown Game Preserve
Northern Ontario boasts the world’s largest wildlife preserve—the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve encompasses 700,000 hectares and shelters healthy populations of black bear, timberwolf, moose, lynx, beaver and bald eagles. Since hunting and trapping are banned in the preserve, it’s not uncommon for wildlife here to be oblivious to respectful human admirers. Missinaibi Provincial Park is nestled in the heart of the preserve, allowing for extensive exploration by canoe. Go guided with MHO Adventures. Learn more about the history of the Chapleau Game Preserve here. Get directions to this park.
Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park
Located between Chapleau and Timmins near the village of Foleyet, Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park is home to the White Moose Forest. The park is one of only two places in the world (the other is in Sweden) where all-white “Spirit Moose” are regularly seen. Park naturalists explain that these unusual moose are not albinos. Read about the rare genetic anomaly that causes the animals’ ghostly appearance here. Get directions to this park.
Spring and early summer is the perfect time to look for does and fawns while enjoying a scenic drive or cycle tour on Manitoulin Island. The island’s pastoral tapestry of agricultural lands, fallow fields, and forests creates perfect habitat for white-tailed deer, as well as a rich diversity of bird species. With camping, cabins, and tipi tenting, Manitoulin Eco Park is a great home base for wildlife sojourns on Manitoulin—you may not even have to leave your campsite! Get directions to this park.