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Wolves, Whales & Bears: American Safari 2013

American Safari is an epic three-month journey across the United States and Canada to see North America’s most magnificent wildlife. This is the official itinerary of American Safari. For more information visit American Safari Base Camp.

Travel For Wildlife American Safari Route Map

Travel For Wildlife American Safari Route Map



July 14
• Drive to Rodanthe, North Carolina

July 16
Red Wolf 101 Program with the Red Wolf Coalition

July 17
Nags Head Dolphin Watch Dolphin Tour
• Bear Necessities Black Bear Tour Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
• Red Wolf Howling

July 18
• Pea Island Bird Walk

July 19
• Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

July 21
• Drove ALL DAY LONG. slept at a rest area for three hours in Michigan.

July 22
• Drive to Upper Peninsula, Michigan. Enter wolf territory!

July 23
• Drive to Ely, Minnesota (Stay on a house boat courtesy of Timber Bay Lodge & Houseboats

July 24
International Wolf Center in Ely, MN

July 25
North American Bear Center in Ely, MN
• Camp somewhere cool in Minnesota (Blueberry Hill) & listen for wolves.

July 26
• Drive to Canada! Arrive in Winnipeg (stay in Winnipeg courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg)

July 27
International Polar Bear Conservation Center in Winnipeg

July 28
Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg

July 29
• Narcisse Snake Dens
• Camp next to Setting Lake

July 30
• Drive to Thompson, Manitoba

July 31
• Tour of the Spirit Way in Thompson & speak to Thompson Chamber of Commerce.
• Board Via Rail train from Thompson to Churchill, Manitoba. Spend the night on the train


August 1
• Arrive in Churchill, Manitoba (Stay at Tundra Inn Hotel courtesy of Frontiers North Adventures)

August 2
• Full day Tundra Buggy outing with Frontiers North Adventures looking for polar bears!

August 3
• Kayaking with Beluga Whales with Sea North Tours

August 4
• Rent a truck from Tamarack Rentals and drive around Churchill searching for critters
• Belugas & Fort tour with Sea North Tours

August 5
• Snorkel with Beluga Whales with Sea North Tours

August 6
• Back country hike looking for fox dens with Nature 1st Tours

August 8
• Board train back to Thompson, night on train

August 9
• Arrive Thompson, Manitoba
• Tour Paint Lake by boat looking for wolves!

August 10
• Drive south and camp somewhere cool

August 11-14
• camp Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
• camp Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Manitoba

August 15
• Drive to Winnipeg

August 16
• Appear on Global Morning Show in Winnipeg
• Drive south toward United States

August 17-18
• Drive across North Dakota and Montana
• Camp Theodore Roosevelt National Park

August 19
• Drive over Beartooth Highway into Cooke City, Montana
• First drive into Yellowstone National Park
• Stay at Elkhorn Lodge, Cooke City

August 20-21
• Yellowstone National Park
• Look for creatures and stay in Silver Gate

August 22-27
• One week of back country camping in Yellowstone with expert wolf tracking guide Nathan Varley courtesy of Yellowstone Wolf Tracker

August 28-29

• Stay in Bozeman, Montana and get car repaired

August 30-31
• Camping Lewis & Clark National Forest, Montana


September 1-2
• Visit Glacier National Park, Montana (mountain goats!)
• Camp Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

September 3
• Drive north through Frank Slide & Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve

September 4-6
• Stay in Kanananskis courtesy of Mount Engadine Lodge

September 7-8
• Banff National Park
• Lake Louise

September 9
• Lake Louise Gondola (grizzlies!)

September 10-11
• Yoho National Park
• Camp Takakkaw Falls

September 12-13
• Drive across British Columbia
• Free camping in BC

September 14
• Arrive Bella Coola, British Columbia
• Camp Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

September 15-18
• Stay at Great Bear Chalet
• Hike with Grizzly Bears

September 19
• Drive south to Vancouver

September 20
• Ferry to Vancouver Island

September 21-29
• Travel around Vancouver Island
• Bear Tour and Whale Tour with the Tofino Whale Center


September 30-October 14
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia’s ultimate wildlife watching resort. Searching for whales, coastal wolves, grizzlies, and spirit bears.

October 15- 20
• Drive back to Asheville, NC