Humane Journeys: Canadian seals

Feb. 29-March 4, 2024

Join us miles off Canada’s east coast, where winter ice floes create an unspoiled habitat on which mother harp seals give birth to their pups. Journey with us to this stunning landscape to witness one of the most breathtaking wildlife spectacles on earth. Here you will learn how HSI/Canada is protecting seals and their habitat while working to end the commercial seal hunt for good.

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Sample itinerary

This sample itinerary is for informational purposes only. Additional scheduling details will be provided to all registered guests in advance of each trip.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Charlottetown
  • Day 2: Seal watch
  • Day 3: Seal watch
  • Day 4: Island tour and outdoor excursion
  • Day 5: Departure


Young harp seal facing sealing vessels as Canada's seal hunt approaches.
Kathy Milani

Seal program background

The commercial seal hunt in Atlantic Canada is one of the largest and cruelest slaughters of marine mammals on Earth. Each year, tens of thousands of baby seals, just weeks of age, are killed for their fur. The annual slaughter is cruel and wasteful, targets populations already impacted by climate change and is economically nonviable. The Canadian government could easily shut down the seal hunt—a dying industry—and replace it with economic alternatives should it choose to do so.

In the past decade, over 3 million seals have been saved from slaughter, thanks in large part to HSI and our supporters; 37 countries currently prohibit trade in products of commercial seal hunting and 90% of licensed sealers no longer participate in the slaughter. Millions of people in Canada and worldwide have called on the Canadian government to end the commercial seal slaughter, however the industry remains dependent on subsidies totaling millions of dollars. While enormous headway has been made in ending demand for commercial sealing products and millions of animals have been spared, much remains to be done.

This trip includes:
Young seal pup on the ice

View seals in their natural habitat.

The outside corner of a large, red building with many windows

Four nights of luxury group accommodations.

a green helicopter landed on flat, snow-covered land

Helicopter flights over sea ice floes.

Witness seals in their natural habitat on Humane Journeys

Humane Journeys maintains a responsible and respectful seal-watching program. Program experts and safety guides will lead guests into areas where there are seal pups and explain how to respectfully view them. We will take necessary precautions to help ensure that our presence does not disturb seal pups or their mothers.

Registration information

To reserve your spot or get more information, contact us.

Space is limited to 12 people and will fill up quickly. Participation is $12,500 per person or $20,000 for two traveling together and willing to share a bed. Proceeds will benefit Humane Society International/Canada. Your contribution less $4,000 per person is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The HSUS tax ID number is 53-0225390. The HSUS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Airfare to Charlottetown is not included. Ground transportation including airport pick-ups and drop-offs, helicopter flights, all plant-based meals, scheduled group activities and sleeping accommodations are included.