Autumn Grizzly Viewing

A wild and natural grizzly bear experience

  • Four-night holiday perfect for couples, families or friends.
  • Watch wild and natural grizzly bears feeding on berries and salmon.
  • Float down our river through bear habitat. See dozens of bald eagles.
  • Excellent meals in the main house and your own luxury riverside cabin.

Wild grizzly bears

If you come in the autumn we will aim to give you a truly authentic grizzly bear experience – a chance to view completely wild bears deep in their natural habitat.

What we specialise in is quite unlike anything else in British Columbia or Alaska, where many operators offer canned bear-viewing around some kind of managed attractant.

Our grizzlies by contract are completely wild. We strive to give you remarkable wild grizzly bear encounters that you will never forget.

They may include the experience of watching a lone high-elevation bear feeding undisturbed on huckleberries in the untouched alpine .

Or a mother with cubs moving along our river viewed from one of our river rafts, as she scours the shallow sections for the red autumn salmon.

Expert guides, very small groups

Unlike the large national parks, our area is remote and little known. We limit the numbers of guests to ensure the experience remains personal.

As well as grizzlies, the valley is home to dozens of bald eagles.

Our guides are experts in interpreting bear behaviour and body language and it is this knowledge that allows us to walk with confidence around wild grizzly bears, even mums with cubs.

You will usually be in a small group with one guide and two or three other guests.

We do not use viewing stands, preferring to make our way through grizzly habitat on foot. For us this is an integral part of the experience, a chance to immerse in the bears’ world with no physical barriers.

We offer an unscripted wild bear viewing experience, worlds apart from the canned bear-viewing offered by most bear-viewing operations. We do not use viewing stands. We have a strong activist arm campaigning for grizzly bear conservation.

Into the bears’ world

Because we view totally wild grizzly bears in their own environment without a managed food source to attract them, we have become experts at tracking bears and deciphering their tracks and other sign.

As part of your holiday with us we will show you how to use tracks, rubs and tiny hair samples left on trees to determine the size and type of bear that you are trailing.

Our autumn grizzly-viewing holidays are not designed with photographers in mind.

Many guests do come away with excellent photos (all the photos on this website are taken at or near the ranch) but viewing and the experience of meeting grizzly bears in their world is our priority.

Staying safe around bears

These holidays are not especially physically demanding. But to get the most out of them you should be in fairly good shape and be able to walk comfortably for a couple of hours at a time over uneven terrain.

Our age recommendations for the autumn are 14-75.

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.

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

A typical itinerary in September-October

  • Day One: Arrive at Kaslo Hotel overlooking Kootenay Lake.
  • Day Two: Transfer to the ranch in the morning. Guided forest walk to watch grizzly bears feeding on salmon in the river.
  • Day Three: Dawn walk along the river where grizzlies come to feed. Float down our wilderness river to spot bears and bald eagles.
  • Day Four: A day walking in the alpine where wild mountain grizzlies feed on berries. Soak in a hot tub or sauna before dinner.
  • Day Five: Early morning viewing. Breakfast and departure.

Pricing & Availability

A four-night holiday at Grizzly Bear Ranch in the autumn begins at $3,350 depending on the cabin that you choose. If you would like your choice of dates and cabins we suggest you book a year ahead. Our rates are in Canadian dollars, per person, and include all meals, drinks, accommodation and guided tours. They are based on double occupancy. They include a $100 donation to our grizzly bear conservation fund. They do not include 5% tax.