Yachting holiday – British Columbia, Vancouver – An Exploration?

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Yachting Holiday

Yachting holiday at British Columbia, Vancouver, and Nanaimo are all famed for their stunning array of wildlife.

Set in this picturesque landscape it is yours to explore and enjoy whilst on a yachting holiday with us here at Nanaimo. From statuesque mammals to impressive birds of prey, fascinating marine life and graceful forest creatures – animal lovers are sure to have a whale of a time (excuse the pun!) on a Nanaimo yachting trip. In this article, we will have a look at our top three native land animals in a little more detail.

Black Bears

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Black Bear

Black bears are omnivorous just like us. They sustain themselves on a diet composed of things such as plants, small mammals, honey (yes bears do really love honey!), insects, fruit, and like their Grizzly brown cousins… salmon. It is also known that black bears will tackle a somewhat larger meal such as a young deer or perhaps a moose calf but this is a rare occurrence. In the whole of North America there are around 600,000 black bears, and about half of those reside the Canadian side of the border.

Their Louisiana and Florida relatives however are struggling with numbers and thus are listed as a threatened species with numbers around the 3,000 mark. Black bears can actually be found as low down as Mexico, and across 40 states in the United States of America. Populations have been pushed back by human development and now numbers are strongest in the remotest places meaning in BC we have a plentiful population of our own strain of the species. Intensive farming has been the most destructive force in depleting the bear’s original habitat.

Bald Eagles

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Bald Eagles

The bald eagle likes to set up camp in the forest too just like the black bear, and they also like to be close to large bodies of water so that they can have the best of both worlds; a cosy nest as well as ample prey. Although they aren’t shy when it comes to hunting, they do like their homes to be further from human activity. They are also exclusive to North America, and as they sit at the top of the food chain, they population is reasonably stable. It is only when their habitat is destroyed by humans that they struggle.

It is Canada’s biggest bird of prey, and it’s preferred dinner option is always fish. Should fish not be an option for whatever reason, it will instead choose to dine on rabbits, smaller birds, young deer, or squirrels. They are very loyal creatures, shown by the fact that they mate for life. Mating is instigated by an impressive aerial display by the males which is common in the bird kingdom. The heaviest population of the bird is found on the Pacific coast of BC but they are found right across America.

The Marmot

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The Marmot

The Marmot is a lot less well known than the bald eagle or the black bear, but it is no less awe-worthy. It is a big burrowing rodent that is related to the squirrel family. Unlike many rodents the marmot is diurnal (sleeps during the night time and is awake during the day time). There are 13 species of marmot in total, of those thirteen, four reside in Canada. There is the woodchuck marmot, the hoary marmot, the Vancouver marmot, and the yellow-bellied marmot. Both types are rounded and beefy ranging from 2-9kg.
Their fur is short and they have bushy tails and relatively tiny ears – making them absolutely adorable to look at. They like to live in areas plush with grass and greenery, but also the rocky slops of mountains and the lowlands. The yellow-bellied marmot, the Vancouver marmot, and the hoary marmot are only found over here in the west. The woodchuck marmot which is more commonly known as a groundhog don’t really have a single area of inhabitancy, and are somewhat scattered across the whole of Canada. The Vancouver marmot is only found on Vancouver Island – finally an animal that lives up to its name!
So there you have it! Our top three creatures to keep your eyes peeled for whilst yachting with us in the beautiful Nanaimo.
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