Offering active bear-viewing and wilderness holidays at a small, mountain lodge in the heart of British Columbia. As featured in New Lives in the Wild with Ben Fogle, The Sunday Times, The Mail Online, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Travel & Leisure and the Wall Street Journal.

Active Bear-Viewing and Wilderness Experiences for the Wild at Heart

Bear Choosing Fish

Grizzly Bear Ranch is a small, specialised wilderness lodge about a day’s scenic drive from Vancouver or Calgary.

We are located in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, a vast hideaway of ancient mountains, old-growth trees, and fast-flowing rivers.

We offer some of the most exciting and natural wildlife-viewing in north America, against a backdrop of some of western Canada’s most dramatic terrain, as well as summer wilderness adventures for the wild at heart.

What we offer varies a little depending on the season.

In May and June we offer experiences viewing bears and other wildlife deep in the vastness that is British Columbia’s wilderness. We roam far and wide on foot, travelling through steep-sided valleys, and into the sub-alpine as far as the snow line.

During the warm summer months we head high into the Selkirk and Purcell mountains, using our off-road vehicles for access to remote hiking trails, and out onto our river and remote, unspoiled lakes.

In September and October, as the Fall colours arrive, we immerse ourselves in the world of the wild Rocky Mountain grizzly bear. We walk and raft through their terrain as the red salmon arrive to spawn, and head into the alpine to watch high-elevation grizzlies feeding on berries.

A Small, Luxury Lodge on a Remote Mountain River

Our wilderness guides are trained naturalists and expert bear guides. They lead our guests through bear country in tiny groups – typically two to four guests with one guide – pointing out the subtle signs left by wild animals that have passed before.

To ensure you are far from the tourist crowds, we have fashioned our own wilderness trails. When you are out with us you will often not see another person all day.

As well as grizzly and black bears we share our trails with deer, moose, elk, cougars, lynx, bobcats and wolves and you may see some of these animals or signs of their passing.

The megafauna we watch are free-spirited and untamed. We do not use viewing stands or attractants and sit and wait for them to come to us.

Instead we prefer unscripted experiences, moving quietly through their habitat, walking on their trails, following their tracks, and viewing them in their own world.

Our guides are also specialists in animal tracking. We are on the cutting edge of bear conservation, and are politically active in saving bears and bear habitat.

Julius, a former British foreign correspondent, is now one of BC’s more experienced bear guides. His Estonian-born wife Kristin is a trained and accomplished chef. Together they have run the lodge since 2006.

Their unusual frontlines-to-backcountry story has featured on Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild and in several other media.