Offering guided bear-viewing and wilderness holidays at a remote, luxury lodge on the edge of the Canadian Rockies. 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.


Wild and Natural Bear-Viewing on the edge of the Canadian Rockies

Grizzly Bear Ranch is a small mountain lodge on the western edge of the Canadian Rockies, 420kms from Banff, and a day’s drive from Vancouver or Calgary.

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

The bears we watch are free-spirited and untamed. We do not use viewing stands or artificial attractants to bring the bears to us. Instead we head out to view them on open mountain slopes and in valleys fringed with old-growth forests.

What we offer our guests differs a little season by season.

In May and June we offer experiences viewing bears and other megafauna deep in the vastness that is British Columbia’s wilderness. We roam far and wide, 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, 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 our valley as the red salmon arrive to spawn, and head into the alpine to watch high-elevation grizzlies.

A Small Luxury Wilderness Lodge on a Remote Mountain River

Bear Choosing Fish

Our wilderness guides are trained naturalists and will lead you 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 your way.

To ensure you are far away 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.

We use customised 4x4s to get to the trailheads, but once there we do our wildlife-viewing on foot, making for an unscripted and completely wild experience.

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 moving to western Canada from Moscow in 2006.

Their frontlines-to-backcountry story has featured on Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild.