The wolf is one of the world's most awe-inspiring mammals. Persecuted across the globe, it has been eradicated across much of its former range by man. While the BBC’s new series focuses on the return of wolves to Washington’s Cascade Mountains, wolf packs still roam across parts of Canada, and Naturetrek’s three holidays each offer a good chance of seeing this magnificent, yet elusive, animal.
Naturetrek’s ‘Canada – The West’ tour offers the best chance of seeing North American wolves. This is a 14-day autumn wildlife and whale-watching holiday, passing through stunning scenery and staying at remote lodges. There’s an excellent chance of seeing wolves while based near the Pacific Rim National Park, as well as other mammals including sea otter, black bear and grey whale; on the British Columbia mainland, seeing grizzly bears catch salmon is another highlight. Naturetrek’s 14-day spring holiday to the same region also offers the possibility of seeing wolves, as does the new ten-day ‘Spirit Bears, Grizzlies & Orcas – Cruising the Great Bear Rainforest’ tour.
Closer to home, Naturetrek offers holidays and short breaks in search of wolves in Europe, including a dedicated five-day tour watching wolves in northern Spain and a week-long wildlife holiday in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park. In addition, there’s a chance of seeing, tracking or simply hearing wolves on several other Naturetrek holidays in Europe – the predators may be heard howling on a mammal-watching holiday to Sweden while sitting round the campfire, for instance, while wolves have also been seen on Naturetrek’s winter and spring tours to Poland.
Naturetrek’s managing director, David Mills, says: “Our ‘Canada – The West’ groups over the past few years have seen wolves on almost every trip, mostly around Tofino. Our two other western Canadian trips also offer a chance of seeing wolves – our new cruise passes through the Great Bear Rainforest, so there’s a possibility of catching a glimpse of these elusive mammals as we sail quietly through remote tracts of this superb forest. Of course you don’t have to go to North America to see a wolf, and our dedicated short break to Spain has had very good sightings, as has our week-long holiday in Italy’s Abruzzo region.”
‘Wolf-watching in Spain’ is a five-day holiday to a little-known and very rural corner of northern Spain. Search of wolves in the hills and common cranes and Great Bustards on the plains.
Dates: 22-26 & 27-31 October and 23-27 December 2012
Cost: £695 pp (two sharing) including flights, transfers and all transport on tour, full-board and all guiding by expert naturalists
‘The Apennines: Italy’s Abruzzo National Park’ is an eight-day natural history holiday in search of plants, butterflies, birds and mammals in Abruzzo National Park, home of the Marsican Brown Bear and the Apennine Wolf.
Date: 24-31 May 2012
Cost: £1,295 pp (two sharing) including flights, transfers and all transport on tour, full-board and all guiding by expert naturalists
‘Sweden’s Mammals’ is a five-day holiday amongst the dense forests and lakes of scenic Bergslagen and Hälsingland, in central Sweden. Search for some of the country’s larger mammals, in particular elk, mountain hare, beaver, wolf and brown bear.
Dates: 4-8 July & 5-9 September 2012
Cost: £1,395 pp (two sharing) including flights, transfers and all transport on tour, full-board (except for lunches on Days 1, 4 & 5), and all guiding by expert naturalists
‘Spring in Canada’s Pacific North-West’ is a 14-day holiday to beautiful forests and fjords in search of grizzly bear and other wildlife.
Date: 11-24 May 2013
Cost: £4,995 pp* (two sharing) including flights, transfers and all transport on tour, full-board (except for lunches and dinners in Vancouver), and all guiding by expert naturalists
‘Canada – The West’ is a 14-day wildlife and whale-watching holiday, including a unique opportunity to see grizzly bears catching salmon.
Dates: 6-19 & 12-25 September 2012, and 24 September – 7 October 2013
Cost: £5,595 pp* (two sharing) including flights, transfers and all transport on tour, full-board (except for dinners in Vancouver), and all guiding by expert naturalists
*Costs for 2013 subject to confirmation
For more information on any of the above holidays, and all of Naturetrek’s 345 wildlife itineraries, plus its new breaks for 2012, visit http://www.naturetrek.co.uk or call 01962 733051.
Ends – 4 April 2012
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