Autumn Grizzly Viewing

Sept-Oct

  • Track and view high-elevation grizzly bears feeding on huckleberries or fishing for red salmon in the shallows of the river.
  • Walks in BC’s ancient inland rainforest, the only ecosystem of its type.
  • 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.
  • Our bears are completely wild animals. No staged, managed or scripted tourist experiences. We do not use commercial wildlife-viewing stands.
  • Float down our wilderness river. Watch Kokanee salmon and bald eagles.
  • All from the comfort of a private lodge a day’s drive from Calgary, Vancouver or Spokane, WA in the US.
  • Age recommendation: 14-75. Fitness recommendation: 4/10.

Tracking and Viewing Wild Bears

In September and October we track and view totally wild Rocky Mountain grizzly bears deep in their natural habitat.

We also raft down our wilderness river, walk through the sub-alpine and watch and track other wild animals, such as elk, beaver and moose, and occasionally wolves, cougars and bobcats.

Each day we head out into remote terrain walking on bear trails, following bear tracks, and viewing bears in untrammelled landscapes.

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.

An Immersive Bear Experience

Grizzly-viewing at Wild Bear Lodge

The bear-viewing we offer is an 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.

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.

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.

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 Wild Bear Lodge we offer an unscripted wild grizzly-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

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 grizzly-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 lodge) but the experience of viewing wildlife is always our priority.

Staying safe around bears

Grizzly-viewing on the river at Wild Bear Lodge

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.

Wild Bear Lodge is a 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 Wild Bear Lodge in the morning. A guided rainforest walk. 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. The basics of tracking animals. Final chance to watch grizzly bears.
  • Day Five: Breakfast and departure.

Pricing & Availability

      • A four-night holiday at Wild Bear Lodge in the autumn is priced at $3,980 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.