Experience the world of the Rocky Mountain Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bear eating salmon. Photo by John Marriott.

  • Watch wild and natural grizzlies fishing for salmon in September and October
  • Expertly-guided bear-viewing tours. Float down our river through bear habitat.
  • Excellent meals in the main house and your own comfortable riverside cabin
  • Ideal for couples or families looking to view wild grizzlies in their natural habitat

A little-known and remote valley

A grizzly bear near the ranch. Photo by John Marriott.

Our valley is one of few places in the world where you can watch totally wild grizzlies in their natural habitat.

They come down from the mountains and feed on the salmon that come up our river.

Unlike the large popular national parks, where each bear attracts a cluster of onlookers, our valley is remote and little known.

A very personal experience

A grizzly bear takes a break after fishing. Photo by Jakob Dulisse.We limit the numbers of guests to make sure the experience remains personal and to minimise our impact on the environment.

Our guides are experienced and certified. You will have a maximum of four guests to one guide.

As well as grizzlies, the valley in autumn is home to dozens of bald eagles who come to feed on the fish. You may also see black bears.

Grizzlies in their natural setting

A young grizzly bear fishing. Photo by Jules Picardi.The bears you will see are totally natural. You should not expect to see a multitude of bears feeding in one place (with a bank of tourists or photographers looking on).

Some bear-viewing operations habituate bears to humans. It is frequently these that are shown on wildlife videos and documentaries.

We prefer to view totally wild bears in their natural wilderness setting using our 4x4s, river rafts, and conditions permitting, on foot.

We do not use fixed viewing platforms. Instead we will move through the bears’ world, using our intimate knowledge of bear behaviour to keep you safe.

Real and rewarding

A grizzly bear surveys the options near Grizzly Bear Ranch. Photo by John E. Marriott.Many of our guests have come away with excellent photographs, but we do not recommend our holidays to those for whom photography is their sole priority.

For us the experience of watching the bears will always take precedence.

Because our bears are totally wild there is always a chance you will come away empty-handed, although more than 95 percent of our guests in the autumn have seen bears during their stay.

All the photos on this website have been taken at or around the ranch.

Safety around bears

A grizzly mum with two cubs near the ranch in October. Photo by Jules Picardi.Bears are not usually dangerous if sensible precautions are taken. We have never had an attack or a close encounter. Like any wilderness activity, however, there are inherent risks.

We follow a set of established bear-viewing protocols under the careful guidance of one of Canada’s top bear biologists.

Your guides carry bear-deterrent. You will be briefed in bear safety during your stay at the ranch.

Grizzly Bear Ranch is a member of the British Columbia Commercial Bear Viewing Association, an organisation which is responsible for promoting safe viewing and bear conservation.

Itinerary

Guests watching a wild young grizzly bear. Photo by Julius Strauss.

Your day of bear-viewing at the ranch typically begins with an early coffee before we head out.

Equipped with cameras and binoculars you will travel with a trained and certified bear guide.

We typically return to the ranch mid-morning for breakfast.

Tracks, day beds and bear paths

Eating salmon near Grizzly Bear Ranch. Photo by John Marriott.

We may also take you on middle-of-the-day tours.

We will also take one or more bear-viewing trips by raft down our river. This is a chance to enter the bears’ world at their level and often gives for excellent and intimate viewing.

You may also see a beaver, moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, porcupine, coyote or, very occasionally, a grey wolf, cougar or bobcat.

What you can expect

The red salmon that the bears feed on. Photo by Jakob Dulisse.

Your stay will include:

  • Several guided grizzly-viewing trips
  • Guided walks through grizzly habitat
  • A talk on grizzlies in our area
  • One or more scenic rafting trips down our river (conditions permitting)
  • Extensive literature and information on grizzly bears
  • Comfortable accommodation in riverside cabins and first-class cooking

Pricing & Availability

A four-night grizzly-viewing holiday in September or October starts at C$1,595 per person plus tax. This price is based on double occupancy. It includes all meals, drinks, accommodation, tours and a $50 donation to our grizzly bear conservation fund. Please contact us for more details and availability.