10 wildlife Instagrammers to follow

Text: Daniel Baylis

Canada is home to some of the most interesting animals on the planet. If you need evidence, look no further than the noble beaver, or the narwhal (sea unicorn!), or the adorable Atlantic puffin. The Great Trail provides access to some of Canada’s most biodiverse areas, which makes it a perfect choice for birdwatchers, deer photographers, fox aficionados and other animal lovers.

When you’re not adventuring on the trail, you can still see and learn about Canadian creatures. Appease your love of animals by following these 10 wildlife photographers, folks who help highlight the truly incredible species that live in our backyard. Or perhaps better stated: who let us live in their backyard.

(Don’t forget to also follow us on Instagram: @thegreattrail)

Brittany Crossman

An alumnus of the photography program at Mount Allison University, Brittany has photographed many different Canadian animal species. The red fox holds a special place in her heart, but on her Instagram account you’ll find moose, whales, racoons and more!

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Matthew Henry

At only 16 years of age, Matthew is a photography protégé. His wildlife portraits grant the viewer intimate access to some of Canada’s most majestic creatures. We can’t get enough of his long-focus shots of bear cubs!

Wayne Broomfield

Hailing from a small remote fishing community in Nunatsiavut (Labrador), Wayne grew up on the water practicing traditional Inuit customs. His Instagram feed includes a variety of shots from his global adventures, but also features many arctic animals: polar bears, arctic foxes, walrus, reindeer and more.

April Bencze

Raised on Vancouver Island, April is passionate about keeping an eye on the wild faces and places along the British Columbia coastline. Her work explores the relationship between humans and wilderness. Her images include many aquatic animals, such as orcas!

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Alexandra Côté-Durrer

Based in the Laurentians, Alex is an outdoor photographer with a great passion for storytelling. Her images include both lifestyle and animals, such as cormorants, deer, loons and horses. We’re inspired to plan a trip along the P’tit Train du Nord!

Jason Dain

Jason is a photographer who hangs his hat in Halifax. With a focus on birds, his dramatic images include such species as hawks, eagles, fulmars, godwits, owls and hummingbirds. This Instagram account *ahem* is really going to take off.

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Melanie Palik

Melanie loves photography and hiking. Her favourite thing to photograph is the facial expressions of animals. Birds are her speciality, but you’ll find a menagerie of chipmunks, butterflies and turtles in her photo feed.

Kerri Martin

Born and raised in Alberta, Kerri has always had a passion for nature and wildlife. Most of her images are within a 300-kilometre radius of Calgary—from the stark, desert-like landscapes of the east to the lush forests of the west. Look for her “hovering coyote” photo. So cool.

Amanda Beers

Amanda began her photographic pursuits with domestic animals, working as a veterinary assistant. Recently, she works as a nurse but moonlights as a wedding and portrait photographer. However, her main passion: wildlife.

Canadian Wildlife Federation

The mission of CWF is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all. That’s something we can get behind. We can also get behind their striking animal photos!