Bear in Elkford
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Kootenay Rockies

Bear Watching

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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