Black bears: Black bears are common around the upper Sunshine Coast, and it is not uncommon to see them along the Sunshine Coast Trail. However, they don't want to encounter you at a close range any more than you want to encounter them, so if you make noise as you hike, you are unlikely to see them. Please be sure to secure your food properly at night when camping to avoid encouraging unwanted visitors.
Sea mammals: Sea lions and seals are commonly spotted from the Lands End and Fairview Bay trail sections, which run close to the water in parts. Keep your eyes peeled for bobbing black heads, and curious sets of eyes. From time to time hikers spot Pacific White-Sided Dolphins slicing through the waters.
Birds: expect the forest to be quiet in midday.
Marbled Murrelets: The old growth forest on Mount Troubridge is a nesting area for the marbled murrelets. These plump, stubby-winged sea birds nest in the thick moss of major branches of these great trees. You might see them swimming and diving, or flying from their nests to their feeding areas.
Great Blue Herons: These large wading birds build huge twiggy nests in alder groves near their feeding tide pools. You may see them flying, with crooked necks from the nests to the pools. Please be quiet around their nests.
Bald Eagles: We are fortunate in this area to have many resident eagles. These majestic birds are commonly seen from viewpoints, especially in the coastal areas.
Timber Wolves: Wolves are now more common in the area, travelling long distances along new logging roads. You’re not likely to see them, but you will see their scat with evidence of their last meal and footprints. The smaller rear paw prints are superimposed on the front print.
Cougars: Cougars do live in this area, but it is highly unlikely that you will actually see one of these stealthy creatures.