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Bear butt Oct
A nice bear butt

Grizzly bears are almost always shown standing on their back legs with the mouths open in a howl of rage. The truth is that most of them rarely stand up on their back legs and prefer to trundle along on all fours. Here is a more...

  • Marching down the highway
  • In the river
  • Grasping a fish
  • Hot-tubbing
  • Fishing again
  • Choosing a meal
  • In an apple tree
  • Almost asleep

As many of you will know, this year Apple, the first grizzly bear we ever saw, failed to return for the first time in a decade. Four grizzly bears were shot by hunters in our area this year and, possibly, she was one of them. Her...

Video of our grizzly bears

This is a short video compilation put together of some of our grizzly bears in late October 2013. Our fish run usually lasts until close to the end of October and bears are bulking up to prepare for the long winter ahead. With thanks to...

June at Grizzly Bear Ranch

Ever seen a baby wolf? Check out this video is you would like to see one. Also some good footage of black bears and other animals. This video was compiled by one of our guests who came to the ranch in June 2011. With thanks...

The Sunday Times

Spotting grizzly bears in Canada   Step one: fly to Canada. Step two: check into the Grizzly Bear Ranch. Step three: look out the window. Easy.   By Mark Franchetti   Deep in the remote wilderness of British Columbia, I was in the back of a 4WD as it negotiated its...

The Guardian

Bear thrills   In British Columbia’s Selkirk range, Patrick Barkham joins the region’s bear watchers, and is shocked to learn that hunting these rare beasts is still perfectly legal.     Three cheers for bear/For where?/For bear/He couldn’t swim but he rescued him/He rescued who?/Oh listen do! I’m talking of...

Death of an Icon

She was the first wild grizzly bear that Kristin and I ever saw. As we came around a corner one October afternoon just over a decade ago she sat in the middle of a wide trail, so stuffed with apples she could barely move, under the...

BBC Radio 4

A couple of years after arriving at the ranch, Julius was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 about his time as a foreign correspondent, the wars he had covered and his and Kristin's decision to move to British Columbia. He also talked about the valley they now...

  • Coming down
  • Arnica and fireweed
  • Looking south
  • On the ridge
  • July at the top
Summer in the Alpine

During the summer we take our guests high into the alpine. We use our 4x4s to break the back of the ascent and then spend the day walking the ridges, taking in the views and, of course, eating Kristin's home-made picnics. The peaks around us...

  • Masha's ear
  • Masha
  • Learning the trade
  • Guard dog
  • Karu's first ball
  • A nice cold winter
  • A few months old
  • In the snow
  • Winter work
Masha and Karu

For the doggie fans among you, here are some shots of Masha and Karu, fast approaching their 10th birthday. As you can see, some are old and some are new. They are a lot greyer than used to be now and also their colours have changed...