Spring Bear Viewing


    • An immersive wilderness experience deep in BC’s inland rainforest.
    • You can expect to see several 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 among old-growth cedar trees.
    • An optional hike or snowshoe into subalpine grizzly bear habitat.
    • We head out in tiny groups – typically 2 to 4 guests with an expert guide.
    • We track and view completely wild animals. No staged, managed or scripted tourist experiences. We do not use commercial wildlife-viewing stands.
    • This is the best season to see our songbirds and hummingbirds.
    • From the comfort of a private lodge a day’s drive from Vancouver or Calgary.
    • Age recommendation: 14-75. Fitness recommendation: 4/10.

Bear-Watching the Natural Way

Bear-watching. Black bear at Wild Bear Lodge.

In May and June we offer bear tracking and viewing 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 after wintering in central America, before heading further north.

Crisp mountain air, a fresh local table, the crackle of a wood burning stove.

A Typical Day With Us

Bear-watching in the alpine at Wild Bear Lodge

A typical day will see you waking up in your own log 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 go bear-watching, spotting 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 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

Bear-watching. A large black bear at Wild Bear Lodge.

As well as bear-watching, 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 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 introduction to animal tracking. Presentation on Canada’s megafauna.
  • Day Four: We head up into the alpine to explore this unique habitat and enjoy some of the most stunning views in western Canada. Barbecue and camp fire by the river.
  • Day Five: Breakfast and depart.

Pricing & Availability

      • A four-night holiday at Wild Bear Lodge in May or June is priced at $2,980. 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 $200 donation to our conservation fund. They do not include 5% tax.