Autumn Grizzly Viewing

Watch wild grizzly bears deep in their own natural habitat

  • Watch wild British Columbia grizzly bears in remote, dramatic terrain.
  • Hike through stunning alpine meadows and ancient cedar rainforests.
  • We also share our trails with black bears, moose, elk, wolves, beavers, and the big cats.
  • We head out in tiny groups – typically 2 to 4 guests with an expert bear guide.
  • No staged, managed or scripted experiences. We do not use viewing stands.
  • Moderate and energetic hiking options.
  • Your own luxury riverside cabin with a wood-burning stove.
  • Perfect for nature-lovers, crowd-avoiders, hiker-adventurers, and those keen to experience and learn about Canada’s bears.
  • Dates available between early September and late October.
  • Age recommendation: 14-75.

Wild Grizzly Bears in Wild Places

In September and October we offer our guests active experiences viewing wild Rocky Mountain grizzly bears. We head into remote terrain – both in the alpine and down on the river in the rainforest – walking on bear trails, following bear tracks, and viewing bears in their natural habitat.

At this time of year we sometimes view high-elevation bears feeding undisturbed on huckleberries in the high country. We also watch grizzly bears – sometimes with cubs in tow – fishing for the salmon that come up our wilderness river.

We are experts at tracking bears and deciphering their prints and other sign. We will show you how to read tracks, rubs and tiny hair samples left on trees and explain how bears read the landscape they are moving through.

On at least one of your days with us we will take your rafting down our cobalt-blue river through the middle of grizzly bear habitat. You may see bears scouring the shallow sections for fish and will almost certainly see thousands of red salmon and dozens of bald eagles.

What We Offer

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What we offer is an active fully-immersive experience with plenty of walking. We head out into the world of the Rocky Mountain grizzly with no physical barriers between us and the bears.

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.

Our area is little known and there are no other operators in the area. Often on our walks we don’t see another person all day.

Our holidays are not especially physically demanding. But you should be able to walk comfortably for a couple of hours at a time over uneven terrain, both up and down, and at different elevations. For guests who are keen we often offer more energetic hiking options.

You will typically be in a very small group with one expert bear guide and two to four guests. Our age recommendations for the autumn are 14-75.

At Grizzly Bear Ranch we offer an unscripted wild bear viewing experience. We do not use viewing stands or managed artificial attractants. We also have a strong activist arm campaigning for grizzly bear conservation.

What We are Not

Grizzly bears eating fish

Many bear-viewing operations use viewing platforms that can seat a dozen or more guests at a time. Some draw in bears with some form of artificial or natural attractant. What we offer is a far wilder, more natural, and less sedentary and static experience.

Our cabins are more private and our guests are not contained on a boat or a floating lodge.

Our autumn grizzly-viewing experiences are not designed for photographers with tripods. Many guests do come away with excellent photographs (all the photos on this website are taken at or near the ranch) but the experience of viewing grizzly bears is always our priority.

Staying safe around bears

We follow a set of established bear-viewing protocols under the guidance of one of Canada’s top bear biologists. Julius, your lead guide, has well over a decade’s experience walking around wild bears.

In more than a dozen years of operating we have never had an incident, or even a close call, but your guides carry bear deterrent and are trained to use it.

Grizzly Bear Ranch is a leading 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 rainforest walk through bear habitat with a chance to spot grizzlies. Float down our wilderness river to spot bears and bald eagles.
  • Day Three: Dawn walk along the river where grizzlies come to feed. A day in the alpine where wild mountain grizzlies feed on berries.
  • Day Four: Dawn walk in the forest. Option of learning the basics of tracking animals, or a cooking class with Kristin. Final walk through prime grizzly bear habitat.
  • Day Five: Breakfast and departure.

Pricing & Availability

    • A four-night holiday at Grizzly Bear Ranch in the autumn is priced at $3,550 per person. Our rates are in Canadian dollars and include all meals, drinks, accommodation and guided tours. These prices are based on double occupancy. They include a $100 donation to our conservation fund. They do not include 5% tax.