Grizzly Bear Ranch in the Sunday Times

Premium Bear-Viewing and Wilderness Experiences in southern British Columbia

A grizzly bear eating salmon near the ranch. Photo by John Marriott.Grizzly Bear Ranch is a small specialised lodge about halfway between Vancouver and Calgary that offers bear viewing and wilderness experiences to those with a passion for nature.

We combine expertly-guided tours with fine cuisine and private riverside cabins with stunning views.

Grizzly bears, black bears, mountain vistas

A view from one of our summer hikes. Photo by Julius Strauss.In the early summer and autumn we will introduce you to the world of the Rocky Mountain grizzly and black bear.

During the high-summer we offer four-night holidays which include alpine hiking, rafting, boating and wildlife-viewing.

We have a talented team of experienced and certified bear guides.

Freshly-cooked meals, private cabins

Inside our Redfish South cabin. Photo by Paul Lazarski.

Kristin is a passionate and trained cook, who graduated at the North West Culinary Academy of Vancouver, one of Canada’s leading culinary schools.

Using organic ingredients she sources locally and herbs she grows herself, she creates fresh meals every evening which we serve with British Columbian beer and wines.

An unforgettable riverside setting

An aerial view of Grizzly Bear Ranch. Photo by Julius Strauss.While staying at the ranch you will have your own well-appointed and hand-built riverside cabin away from the main house with its own ensuite bathroom and sundeck.

The ranch is set on 32 acres of wilderness on the banks of a fast-flowing mountain river.

Our philosophy: small, personal, natural

Rufous hummingbirds at the ranch. Photo by Kristin Strauss.

We do not use viewing platforms or large motorised boats to view bears from a distance.

We prefer to move through the bears’ world using our knowledge to interpret their behaviour and keep you safe.

For that reason our offerings are not a good match for the physically frail or for those for whom photography is their sole priority.

Some of the world’s most beautiful wilderness

Brown black bear cub near Grizzly Bear Ranch.

We ask that those of you who wish to stay at the ranch bring with you a respect for the wild animals and our wilderness environment.

In exchange we can offer you an unforgettable setting, excellent food, good company and a chance to experience some of the most beautiful wilderness left in the world.

This was a truly wonderful experience on so many levels. The warmth, hospitality and generosity of Julius & Kristin, not forgetting Kristin’s great cooking. The marvellous scenery, our fun fellow guests, the beautiful log cabin with it’s cosy woodburner, the white water rafting, the trip to an isolated peak with breathtaking views, the majestic bald eagles. Oh, and the bears! To see these animals behaving naturally in their own environment was a real privilege.” Richard & Jenn, Reading, UK.

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