Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Mountains and valleys in the Kootenay Rockies provide expansive habitat for black and grizzly bears.
Driving on backroads may yield sightings of bears chomping on roadside grasses – keep the camera handy. Take a bear-watching tour at Grizzly Bear Ranch near Kaslo to increase the odds of sighting a bear and to learn interesting bear facts.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is also keen on educating guests at their Grizzly Bear Refuge, which is home to Boo, a grizzly bear orphaned as a cub. In summer, the gondola is still in operation and provides a chance for aerial look at Boo; refuge tours are also available.
Check with local Visitor Centres for information about guided bear-watching tours available in the Kootenay Rockies.
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1500 Kicking Horse Trail
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Kicking Horse is known for spectacular summer adventure and kids under 12 are free. Visit our Grizzly Bear Refuge, home to Boo, our resident grizzly - a conservation, education and research centre, and Canada's largest enclosed and protected grizzly habitat. Challenge the downhill mountain bike trails in the bike park and hike the alpine mountain paths on weekly Rambler's Hikes. Enjoy lunch with a one of a kind view at Eagle's Eye Restaurant. Mountain biking, horseback riding, river rafting, hiking, dining, sightseeing, interpretive bear programs, - it's not 'what to do?', it's 'what to do first!'