Our History and Values

Grizzly Bear Ranch opened for business as the snows began to melt in the spring of 2006 after Julius and Kristin decided to give up their lives as journalists in Europe and make a go of it in the Canadian wilderness.

Julius had reported for the British Daily Telegraph for a decade as a foreign correspondent, mostly covering wars and conflicts including Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Sierra Leone.

In 2002 he was posted to Moscow to cover Russia under Vladimir Putin and, while on assignment, he met Kristin, bureau chief for the Reuters News Agency, in her native Estonia. They lived together in Russia for several months.

Craving open spaces and a new life in the wild, Kristin and Julius decided to move to Canada. After a chance visit while driving across British Columbia they fell in love with Grizzly Bear Ranch and borrowed from relatives and banks to raise the money for a down-payment.

More than a decade on, Julius and Kristin now run a small luxury wilderness lodge with six well-appointed cabins and gorgeous views over a blue-green river.

Each year Julius and Kristin take in a small number of guests who come to experience their verdant British Columbia valley, its flora and fauna, and the hauntingly beautiful surrounding mountains.

In the spring Julius and a small team of highly-talented guides will take you out to view the local wildlife.

In the summer you will hike in high alpine meadows to take in the stunning views and raft on the river that runs past the ranch.

In the autumn guests come from all over the world to view grizzly bears.

Many guests return to Grizzly Bear Ranch, some more than once, and availability often books up early.

If you are interested in knowing more about a holiday at the ranch, please drop us an email and we will respond with full details of our offerings, prices and availability.