Ontario's Winter Wildlife

by 
Living Livita
December 7, 2021
Wildlife of Ontario in Winters

Canada is said to have significantly more wildlife species than any other country in the world. The wide, open spaces, forests, and different bodies of water are host to a lot of wonderful animals. Whatever the season, you are bound to see so much of what Mother Nature has to offer.

We love animals at our retirement homes in Ontario!

At Livita Retirement Residences, we partner with local animal groups and shelters. On occasion, we do animal encounters at our residences. Active seniors living in retirement communities near you get to learn about different wildlife species and interact with them.

Wildlife encounters get a bit limited during wintertime as a lot of animals go into hibernation. However, that shouldn’t stop you from going out and seeing the wonderful wildlife Ontario has to offer!

When the weather is good, go on a hike, take a road trip, or visit a wildlife sanctuary or nature park. These will give you a chance to see some amazing animals, like:

1. Snowshoe Hare

These hares are one of the most common animals in Canada. What’s interesting about them is to survive winter, they turn completely white instead of brown. This is to blend in with their surroundings.

This makes spotting a snowshoe hare challenging during winter! Watch out for them in unexpected places like fields and swamps.

2. White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer can be seen all across Ontario. They can be recognized by their unique tail coloring that earns them their name. These deer are usually out during the early mornings or at nightfall.

Want to see tens of thousands of white-tailed deer? They traditionally gather at a “deer yard” in Loring-Restoule starting late fall.

3. Red Fox

A red fox’s color can range from pale yellow to deep reddish-brown. They have long, bushy tails with a white tip. These foxes develop longer, thicker coats during winter.

Red foxes search for food among tall grasses and in dense woods. You may spot them during an early morning hike as they are usually out at dawn looking for food.

4. Polar Bears

We saved these for last because you will have to take quite a trip to see polar bears in Ontario, but they are thriving up in the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in Ontario!

Most bears will hibernate, or more particularly torpor during winter. However, polar bears don’t need to hibernate. Their body temperature and heart rate don’t drop during winter as they have adapted to the cold weather.

Pregnant polar bears, however, will den during the winter. This is to give birth and tend to their cubs.

Always Learning at Retirement Homes in Ontario

Our commitment to vitality is one of the things that makes our retirement home in Ontario different from the rest. We invest not just in our residents’ physical but also mental well-being! As such, we offer various opportunities for our active seniors to thrive and provide options for assisted living services in Ontario.

Our amenities, programs, and services are geared towards creating a life of vitality for our residents. If you are looking for retirement communities near you, give us a call today. Learn more about how Livita has the right residence for you.

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