Spring Bear Viewing

See wild bears and other wilderness animals

  • Five-night guided bear and wildlife-viewing holidays in May and June.
  • See bears, elk, coyotes, porcupines and occasionally a wolf or large cat.
  • Many different birds including songbirds and seasonal hummingbirds.
  • First-rate cuisine and a riverside cabin with bathroom and sundeck.
  • The season featured in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild and in the Sunday Times.

Black bears and grizzlies

May and June are among the best months for bear viewing in our valley. We typically see many black bears and also often see grizzlies.

Guests who come at this time of year often enjoy up to a dozen or more bear sightings. By the end of June the bears have usually headed up into the high country.

Apart from bears you may also see coyotes, elk, porcupine and sometimes moose, beavers and otters.

Among the rarer sightings are wolves, lynx, bobcats and cougars as well as members of the weasel family ranging from the least weasel to the wolverine, our rarest animal.

Songbirds and hummingbirds

May and June are also the best months to see our rich bird life.

You will see many of the songbirds that gather in our garden and you may also see bald eagles, various woodpeckers, jays, and different types of hawks. In the alpine we often see the Clark’s Nutcracker and the Grey Jay.

You will almost certainly see dozens of hummingbirds who return to our ranch after wintering in central America, before heading further north.

Kristin is an avid birder and on one of your mornings she will introduce you to the songbirds in our yard.

Crisp mountain air, a fresh local table, the crackle of a wood burning stove: welcome to the ranch.

Into the Alpine

A typical day will see you waking up in your own luxury cabin by the river with a pot of steaming coffee or tea waiting outside your door. We serve a sumptuous breakfast in the main house.

Dinner – fine freshly-cooked local food – is early evening in the main house or we barbeque by the river.

On at least one of your days with us we will take you up to the snow line to spot for grizzly bears that have recently emerged from denning.

Some of the locations we go to really are among the most beautiful and beguiling in western Canada.

The Inland Rainforest

Spring in the British Columbia wilderness is not all about the animals. The country is teeming with life.

Waterfalls and the fast-flowing rivers are at their most awe-inspiring as the snowmelt from the long winter cascades down through the valleys.

We will take you walking in the inland temperate rainforest, the only one of its kind in the world, which surrounds the ranch.

Here you can walk among trees that are a thousand years old and take in the beauty of the virgin land as it was before modernity arrived.

A typical itinerary in May-June

  • Day One: Arrive at your riverside cabin. A pre-dinner walk in an old-growth rainforest. Trip to view wild bears after dinner.
  • Day Two: Head to a remote wilderness spot favoured by black and grizzly bears.
  • Day Three: A bird walk around our garden. A day in another remote location where we seek out bears and other wildlife to view just below the snow line.
  • Day Four: Visit a remote valley. You may see grizzly bears feeding on avalanche slopes.
  • Day Five: A walk in the alpine to spot marmots and bears. Barbeque and camp fire on the banks of the river.
  • Day Six: Breakfast and depart.

Pricing & Availability

A five-night holiday at Grizzly Bear Ranch in May or June begins at $2,350. If you would like your choice of dates and cabin we suggest you book several months ahead. Our rates are in Canadian dollars, per person, and include all meals, drinks, accommodation and guided tours. These prices are based on double occupancy. They include a $100 donation to our grizzly bear conservation fund. They do not include 5% tax.