Looking for summer? Try the season switch.

Bear Viewing Tour

With a population of over 60 black bears, sightings from the Whistler Village Gondola are a common treat. For a closer look, book a bear viewing tour with one of our bear experts.
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.
Tour Info

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.

Michael Allen Bear Reports
View latest on-mountain bear and wildlife updates by Michael Allen, an independent researcher who investigates the behavior and ecology of black bears (Ursus americanus). View Bear Reports

Tour Dates 2017

Dates Morning Midday Evening
May 15 - May 31 6am - 9am No Tour 6pm - 9pm
June 1 - July 10 6am - 9am 12pm - 3pm 6pm - 9pm
July 11 - Aug 9 6am - 9am No Tour 6pm - 9pm
Aug 10 - Aug 14 6am - 9am 12pm - 3pm 6pm - 9pm
Aug 15 - Sept 14 7am - 10am 12pm - 3pm 5pm - 8pm
Sept 15 - Sept 30 8am - 11am 12pm - 3pm 4pm - 7pm
Oct 1- Oct 31 No Tour No Tour 3pm - 6pm
Aug 15 - Sept 14
Morning Midday Evening
7am-10am 12pm-3pm 5pm-8pm

Sept 15 - Sept 30
Morning Midday Evening
8am-11am 12pm-3pm 4pm-7pm

Tour Rates 2017

Tour Rates
Adult 19-64 $198
Senior 65+ $188
Youth 13-18 $188
Child 10-12 $188
For more information or to book call 1-800-766-0449
Save big with a PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Pass: 10% off bear viewing tours, 20% off the Mountain-Top FEAST, 20% off food and hot drinks at the Roundhouse Lodge, 20% off on-mountain tours, 20% off Bike Park Lessons, 20% off Valley Bike Rentals, up to 20% off shopping and more. Learn More
Tour Notes

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

  • Recommend for children 10+ years old.
  • Dress in layers and wear sturdy footwear. Bring insect repellent and don’t forget your camera. Binoculars not provided, limited pairs available.
  • Please avoid wearing any perfumes on tour. According to the number of scent receptors, the bear has the best sense of smell of all terrestrial mammals. Black bears have been observed to travel 18 miles in a straight line to a food source and run quickly away from scents they don't understand (perfume).
  • 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.