Since it’s located in the mountains, Whistler is wild! Birds, toads, and even bears inhabit the surrounding forests. This means that on your trip, you can expect to see some of the regional fauna- all you have to do is step outside. Familiarize yourself with the locals of the furry variety with Whistler’s animal encyclopedia.
Whiskey Jack (Perisoreus canadensis)
The Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack as they’re known in Whistler, are birds that like to call sub-alpine zones home. They can be found here year round which is unusual as a lot of birds fly south for the winter, but not these guys! It might be in part due to these cheeky locals coming right to your hand if you have the right kind of treat.
Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
The Black Bear species that inhabits Whistler is North America’s smallest and most widely distributed bear species. It is not uncommon to see them wondering around the trails or the hills. But if have your heart set on seeing one for sure, a professional bear viewing guide or group tour is the absolute best way to view bears and learn more about them from local experts.
Marmot (Marmota caligata)
These little guys are fast and you’ll be lucky if you catch a glimpse of one. They can be found in the alpine, expecially during the summer months and are the largest variety of squirrel in North America. In fact, Whistler got its name from the whistling noise the marmots make as a high-pitched warning sound.
Cougar (Puma concolor)
Chances are, you won’t see one of these elusive creatures but they do call Whistler home. Cougars are considered the second heaviest cat in the new world after the Jaguar. Although they look intimidating, don’t worry, they like to snack on deer, rodents, and even insects, not humans!
Western Horned Toads (Anaxyrus boreas)
In 2013, the Resort Municipality of Whistler initiated an annual ecosystem monitoring program to help understand and monitor the health of Whistler’s ecosystems; Especially that of the Western Horned Toad since it is an endangered species. Due to its aversion to changing eco-system, this little guy even as a tunnel to get from Lost Lake to the woods. If you’re travelling to Whistler in August, you’ll catch their big migration.
Beaver (Castor canadensis)
One of the many symbols of Canada, these large rodents can be found inhabiting the lakes, streams and rivers. It has a wide, flat, paddle-shaped tail and large, webbed hind feet. The unwebbed front paws are smaller, with claws. They’re not easy to spot so look for the their dams made of logs.
Whistler is home to so many types of animals. Tell us if we missed one that you have seen while on vacation!