Canadian wildlife is as diverse as the country itself. Canada’s vast stretches of wilderness and miles of rocky coastline are home to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures—including 195 species of mammals. Everywhere you turn in Canada there are opportunities for wildlife watching, be it spotting beluga whales in Nunavut or searching for the elusive Spirit Bear in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. On a mountain hike in Whistler you’re likely to spot a bald eagle soaring overhead. Boating through Desolation Sound you could see dolphins and sea lions, seals and more. But for whatever reason, size never fails to impress us, and arguably the most exciting of encounters involve bears and whales. If giant creatures are your thing, let us introduce you to some of Western Canada’s most impressive—and beautiful—inhabitants, including humpback whales, killer whales, brown bears, polar bears and black bears.