Our Story

Wild Bear Lodge (formerly Grizzly Bear Ranch) opened for business as the snows began to melt in the spring of 2006 after Julius and Kristin decided to give up their lives as journalists in Europe and make a go of it in the Canadian wilderness.

Julius worked for the British Daily Telegraph for a decade as a foreign correspondent. He mostly covered wars including Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Sierra Leone.

In 2002 he was posted to Moscow to write about Russia under Vladimir Putin. While on assignment, he met Kristin, the bureau chief for the Reuters News Agency, in her native Estonia. They then lived together in Russia for several months.

Craving open spaces and a new life in the wild, Kristin and Julius decided to move to Canada. After a chance visit while driving across British Columbia they fell in love with the property and its location.

For nearly 15 years, Julius and Kristin ran the small luxury wilderness lodge with six well-appointed cabins and gorgeous views over a blue-green river. Kristin died tragically after a short battle with cancer in early 2020.

Each year Wild Bear Lodge takes in a small number of guests who come to experience their verdant British Columbia valley, its flora and fauna, and the hauntingly beautiful surrounding mountains.

In the spring Julius and a small team of highly-talented guides will take you out to view the local wildlife.

In the autumn guests come from all over the world to stay with us and view grizzly bears.

Many guests return, some more than once, and availability often books up early.

If you are interested in knowing more about a holiday at the lodge, please drop us an email.

We will respond with full details of our offerings, prices and availability.