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It was a former guest who helped me join the dots. For a couple of years now I have been thinking about the therapeutic value of what we offer at the ranch: high alpine hikes, rainforest walks, encounters with bears and other wild...

We should probably have done it years ago. We had only been here a few months - which makes it nearly 14 years ago now - when an Austrian family arrived in our yard. The father leaped out of his car, disgorged two noisy youngsters from the...

Julius, co-owner of Wild Bear Lodge, will be talking about grizzly bears and what he has learned about these magnificent animals in his 15 years living among them in a remote British Columbia valley. The talk is hosted by Imagine Travel and will be in...

I'd never even heard of a snow-blower before I moved to Canada. A strange-looking beast, it has a large hungry mouth with a plethora of curved metal scoops inside, and a small chute that dispenses the white stuff high into the air and at an angle. The...

Even after two years and hundreds of hours of lobbying, organising and schmoozing politicians, today's announcement was better than anything we could have dared hope for. The BC government banned all hunting of grizzly bears in the province, whether for trophies or for meat. We led...

It may not look like much fun. A damp garden on a rain-splattered day. But for Kristin and I this morning was a time to do a little jig of excitement. The Weather Gods, even if they had not exactly smiled on us, were at least...

Even before we bought the 80 acre strip of land across from the ranch a few years back we used to worry about the structure that provides for its only access. An old Bailey bridge designed for getting British tanks across middle European rivers, it had...

It's been more than eleven years since I set out one early spring day, only weeks after we first arrived at the ranch, to try and find a couple of dogs with whom to share our little wilderness paradise. Three hours later, following up on an...

Just a very quick update: For those of you in the UK we have just heard that the episode about Kristin and I for New Lives in the Wild with Ben Fogle will screen on Nov 15 at 9pm on Channel 5. For those of...

Lush Cosmetics are launching a new campaign in November against the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia. The centrepiece will be a documentary talking about trophy hunting and the impact that it has on bears and bear-lovers in the province. I am one...