Autumn Grizzly Viewing

A Four-Night Grizzly Bear-Viewing, Nature and Wilderness Holiday

  • A fully-immersive wilderness holiday in BC’s inland rainforest.
  • A chance to walk in the stunning alpine and watch high-elevation bears feeding on berries (until mid-October).
  • A chance to see grizzly bears fishing for red salmon in the shallows of the river.
  • Walk in BC’s ancient temperate rainforest, the only ecosystem of its type in the world.
  • We also have black bears, moose, elk, wolves, beavers, cougars and bobcats.
  • 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 commercial wildlife-viewing stands.
  • A float down our wilderness river where you can see Kokanee salmon, bald eagles, mergansers, kingfishers and American dippers.
  • Perfect for those looking to experience wild grizzly bears in their own world and the best of western Canada’s nature in a small, private setting.
  • All from the comfort of a private, luxury lodge with one of the best-reviewed tables in the Canadian wilderness.
  • Dates available between early September and late October.
  • Age recommendation: 14-75. Fitness recommendation: 3/10.

Wild Grizzly Bears in Wild Places

In September and October we offer our guests fully-immersive nature and wilderness holidays. The focus is on viewing totally wild Rocky Mountain grizzly bears deep in their own habitat.

But we do much else besides – rafting down our wilderness river, walking through the high alpine and watching and tracking other wild animals, such as elk, beaver and moose, and occasionally wolves, cougars and bobcats.

Each day we head out 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 (until about mid October).

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.

A Fully-Immersive Experience

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What we offer is a fully-immersive experience. We head out into the wilderness with no physical barriers between us and the bears and other animals.

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 valley is little known and we have the only permit to view bears in our area. Often on our walks we don’t see another person all day.

In the days you are with us we will take you high into the mountains to experience the raw beauty of the Canadian alpine and its unique ecosystem.

We will also take you rafting on one of BC’s most beautiful wilderness rivers offering a chance to watch the spawning salmon as well as bald eagles, kingfishers, mergansers and American dippers.

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.

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.

Wilder and more natural

Grizzly bears eating fish

We do not aim to cater for all tastes. The experience we offer is about as far from a zoo as it is possible to get. Our focus is on viewing bears and other animals naturally.

Some bear-viewing operations use wildlife-viewing platforms that can seat a dozen or more guests at a time. Some draw in semi-tame bears with various forms of artificial or natural attractant.

What we offer is a wilder, more natural, and less static experience.

Our autumn grizzly-viewing experiences are not designed for professional photographers or those 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 wildlife is always our priority.

Staying safe around bears

Safety is at the core of what we do. As well as being trained naturalists and certified bear guides, we are also trained in off-road driving, swift-water rescue (rafting guides only) and wilderness first aid.

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.

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. Dinner.
  • Day Two: Breakfast. Transfer to the ranch in the morning. A guided rainforest walk through bear habitat with a chance to spot grizzlies. Float down our wilderness river to spot bears, bald eagles and watch the spawning salmon.
  • Day Three: A day in the alpine where wild mountain grizzlies feed on berries.
  • Day Four: Dawn walk along the river where grizzlies come to feed. 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.