Autumn Grizzly Viewing

Experience grizzly bears in their natural environment

  • Watch wild and natural grizzly bears fishing for salmon.
  • Expertly-guided grizzly 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, families or friends looking to view wild grizzlies in their natural habitat.

A little-known and remote valley

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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

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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 usually have a maximum of four guests with 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

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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 from river rafts and 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

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Many of our guests have come away with excellent photographs, but we do not recommend our holidays to those for whom photography is their 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

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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

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Your day of bear-viewing at the ranch typically begins with an early coffee or tea 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.

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

  • Several guided walks through grizzly bear habitat
  • A talk on grizzly bear behaviour and ecology
  • One or more rafting trips down our river (conditions permitting)
  • Extensive literature and information on grizzly bears
  • A beautiful riverside cabin to yourself and first-class cooking

Pricing & Availability

A four-night grizzly-viewing holiday in September or October starts at about C$2,000 per person plus tax. This price is based on double occupancy. It includes all meals, drinks, accommodation, tours and a C$100 donation to our grizzly bear conservation fund. Please contact us for more details and availability.

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