Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Wildlife Viewing in the Omineca Region

Omineca – meaning slow moving water – is a region of rich wetlands, meandering streams and powerful rivers. It is a spectacular land in any season.

In spring, listen to the siren’s song of thawing creeks that lured gold miners to this country. Spend time by a quiet marsh, and you might see moose come to feed on the lush new vegetation. Follow a river and you may travel with the ghosts of Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser, the first explorers to this new land.

As the air grows warm and still, watch as the wetlands come alive with breeding ducks and geese. While waterfowl build their nests and raise their young, watch for majestic White pelicans filling their pouches with fish they have trapped in the shallow, quiet waters of local lakes.

When autumn days draw in, birds fly south along the region’s waterways. Travel a river yourself, and you may witness the journey of spawning salmon. Stop by a pond while beavers repair their dam, and you might stand where European fur traders and the Carrier First Nation had their trap lines.

As the air chills and the wetlands and waterways grow silent, turn your attention to the surrounding mountains and forests. Scan a rock face and you may find Mountain Goats climbing nimbly over broken and treacherous terrain. Follow the region’s highways and you will travel through seemingly endless woodlands – the home of caribou, deer and bears, and the source of a thriving forest industry.

Wildlife viewing brochure for the Omineca region [PDF 1.0MB]