Spring Bear Viewing

A Five-Night Bear-Viewing, Nature and Wilderness Holiday

  • A fully-immersive nature and wilderness experience deep in BC’s inland rainforest.
  • You can expect multiple sightings of black bears and may well see moose, elk and grizzly bears.
  • Rarer sightings include wolves, beavers, cougars, bobcat, lynx and porcupines.
  • A guided interpretive walk in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest.
  • An optional hike or snowshoe into alpine grizzly bear habitat with stunning views.
  • We head out in tiny groups – typically 2 to 4 guests with an expert guide.
  • We offer wild viewing of wild animals. No staged, managed or scripted experiences. We do not use wildlife-viewing stands.
  • This is the best season to see our songbirds and hummingbirds.
  • Perfect for nature-lovers and for those looking to get away from the crowds and experience British Columbia’s megafauna and its wilderness.
  • All from the comfort of a private, luxury lodge with one of the best-reviewed tables in the Canadian wilderness.
  • This is the season featured in Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild and in the Sunday Times.
  • Dates available from early May until the end of June.
  • Age recommendation: 14-75. Fitness recommendation: 4/10.

Viewing Bears the Natural Way

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In May and June we offer wildlife-viewing, nature and wilderness experiences far from the beaten track.

We typically see multiple black bears, many other types of wildlife, and we often see grizzly bears.

Spring is a vibrant season and the long days allow us to roam far and wide.

We usually head up into hidden valleys, sometimes along trails that we have fashioned ourselves, or walk or snowshoe into the sub-alpine just as the snow is melting.

These higher-elevation forays often allow us to spot black bears, marmots, ground squirrels and sometimes grizzlies feeding on fresh grasses at snow line.

On some of the evenings you are with us we may head out again after dinner. The warm spring evenings can be a great time to see shy animals that only emerge as the sun begins to set.

A Plethora of other Wild Animals

Apart from bears we have many other wild animals around us. Animals we see fairly regularly include coyotes, elk, porcupine, moose and beavers.

Among our 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.

The spring is also the best time 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.

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

A Typical Day With Us

A typical day will see you waking up in your own luxury cabin by the river. We serve breakfast in the main house.

After breakfast we head out for the day. We may take you into the sub-alpine to spot for bears that have recently emerged from denning. Or walk into a remote wilderness valley to view bears feeding on grasses and flowers.

We are located in the inland temperate rainforest, the only one of its kind in the world.

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

Some of the locations we go to are among the most beguiling in western Canada. And since we mostly use our own trails we rarely see another person.

We serve dinner – always freshly-cooked from local ingredients – early evening in the main house. On one night of your holiday, we will light the campfire and barbecue by the river.

Tracking Animals, Saving Bears

As well as watching and understanding wild animals, there are many other layers to what we do.

On one of your days with us we will also show you images of rare animals that we see on our network of trail cameras such as wolves, cougars and bobcats.

We are currently engaged in a multi-year science project, for which we have received some federal funding, to help develop facial recognition software for bears.

We are also heavily engaged in lobbying and conservation work, aimed at ensuring that bears have a place on the landscape for centuries to come.

Our guides are trained and certified animal trackers and, for those of you with an interest, we will show you how to interpret the signs on the forest floor and explain what they tell us about animal behaviour.

A typical itinerary in May-June

  • Day One: Arrive at your riverside cabin. Dinner in the main house. A presentation on bear behaviour and ecology.
  • Day Two: Head to an extremely remote wilderness valley favoured by bears.  Post-dinner foray to spot wildlife feeding.
  • Day Three: A wilderness hike through an old-growth valley that is prime wildlife habitat. An optional introduction to animal tracking. Presentation on Canada’s megafauna.
  • Day Four: A short optional bird walk. We head up into the alpine to explore this unique habitat and enjoy some of the most stunning views in western Canada. Post-dinner foray to spot bears and other animals.
  • Day Five: Visit a remote area where you may see wildlife feeding on steep avalanche slopes. Barbecue and camp fire by the river.
  • Day Six: Breakfast and depart.

Pricing & Availability

    A five-night holiday at Grizzly Bear Ranch in May or June is priced at $2,850. 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 conservation fund. They do not include 5% tax.