Bear Viewing Tour

Bear Viewing Tours

This is your opportunity to experience the wildlife, vegetation, glaciers and rainforests of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Visit bear dens and wander through pristine alpine meadows and old growth Western Hemlock forests. Learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help to sustain healthy populations, and how mountain resorts are continually redesigning recreational experiences to ensure a sustainable future.

Contact Guest Relations or call 1-866-218-9684 to book. For groups of 5 or more Click Here

Bear Tours

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to up to 60 black bears and cubs that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating within ski area habitats. This is the only population of black bears in B.C. that has been studied for over two decades.

Travel in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle through a maze of ski area roads that traverse the largest concentration of mother bear ranges in the region. Bear feeding patterns shift from valley bottom to higher mountain elevations as the summer continues, and the tours follow this progression allowing access these hidden scenic alpine ecosystems and natural habitats any time of the summer. Take an even closer look with short walks to bear feeding sites and bear family daybeds, and wander through old growth forests where bears have hibernated through many winters.

Our experienced and qualified team of guides boasts a wealth of knowledge of Whistler's flora and fauna, ecology and bear biology for a truly incredible outdoor learning experience.

3 HOUR TOURS Adult (19-64) Children & Youth (10-18) Senior 65+
Price* $189 $179 $179
Bear Viewing Times MAY 15 - JUL 14 Jul 15 - Aug 14 Aug 15 - Sept 14 Sept 15 - 30  Oct 1 - Oct 31
Morning 6am 6am 7am 8am  9am
Mid-Day  12pm       12pm 12pm  
Afternoon  6pm 6pm 5pm 4pm 3pm 

Recommend for children 9+ years old.

Meeting Location is at the Base of the Wizard Express, Blackcomb Base, 15 minutes prior to tour start. Look for the Bear Viewing sign. 

Dress in layers and wear sturdy footwear. Bring insect repellent and don’t forget your camera. Binoculars are provided.

All tours are subject to weather conditions. Please note that bear sightings are not guaranteed, as activity is dependent on weather, food supply, other bears and human activity.

* Special arrangements can be made for large groups/conferences. 

Contact Guest Relations or call 1-866-218-9684 to book. For groups of 5 or more Click Here

Guides

Our experienced and qualified team of guides boast a wealth of knowledge of Whistler’s flora and fauna, and ecology that makes for an incredible outdoor learning experience.

Michael Allen is an independent researcher who investigates the behavior and ecology of black bears (Ursus americanus). He has been studying black bears for 25 years, with the last 17 of those in the Sea to Sky Corridor. His mission is to document the unique lives of individual bears through photography and observed behaviors so that people can better understand how a bear adapts to environmental changes brought on by man, climate, and other bears. Between 1994 and 2008, Mike has identified over 300 individual bears and has monitored more than 800 bear-life years in Whistler. Over 5,000 digital, high-resolution photos are taken each year of bears to maintain a progressive photographic catalogue of their identity and status. 

Michael Allen’s research is internationally represented through the BBC Natural World's "In the Company of Bears" and the U.S. Discovery Animal Planet new bear ecology website. Mike Allen Black Bear Studies provide a foundation for ski area, school, and community bear awareness programs.
Kathy Jenkins has lived in the Sea to Sky Corridor since 1996. As an active member of the environmental community, she has done a variety of ecological field research in the area since her arrival. Her goal is to understand how all species relate and survive within ecosystems, and to assist people in learning to maintain this natural balance. Sound ecosystem management is Kathy's passion and lifelong interest.

She is a long-term board member of the Whistler Naturalists Society, whose mandate is "to know nature and to keep it worth knowing" and is also a founding board member of Stewardship Pemberton. While living in Whistler, Kathy has completed a Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems from the University of Victoria and a Masters Degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. She is an avid skier and mountain biking enthusiast whose love for the Coast Mountains keeps her settled in the area.

Bear Viewing Seasons

Different seasons provide for different viewing and learning opportunities, so be sure to check the season options before booking your tour.

SPRING GRAZING & MATING

Mid May - Mid July
Best time to see new born cubs, mating behavior, large males, and social interactions. Up to 10 Bears viewed per tour.

SUMMER ANTS & BERRIES

Mid July - Mid August
Best time to see new born cubs, mating behavior, large males, and social interactions. Up to 10 Bears viewed per tour.

FALL BERRIES

Mid August - Mid October
Best time to see bears up close, foraging berries at higher elevations. Up to 15 Bears viewed per tour.

Bear sightings are not guaranteed. Bear activity is dependent on weather, food supply, other bears, and human activity.

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