Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Black bears and grizzly bears inhabit the Thompson Okanagan region, so keep watch for furry wildlife as you drive the network of highways.
In spring, hungry bears forage on the lush green grasses and tall dandelions that grow next to the roads.
For bear viewing in a wilder, more natural setting, head to the northern part of the Thompson Okanagan. The wilds of Wells Gray Provincial Park and the North Thompson River in the Monashee Mountains are optimal bear habitat.
Depending on the time of year and location, visitors may spot bears with cubs, bears fishing for salmon, or bears chewing grasses.
Check with local Visitor Centres for information about bear-watching tours available in these areas.
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Yellowhead Hwy 5
Blue River, British Columbia
The River Safari is an unforgettable 1 hr ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest.
Located in the picturesque Monashee Mountains, the River Safari is an activity that both the seasoned adventurer & the not-so-daring can both enjoy. Safaris are accessible to all ages & abilities.
Our custom built, eco-friendly boats will voyage through the mountains' glaciers & jade-coloured waters in search of bear, moose, eagle & osprey, & many other magnificent creatures seen during this breathtaking wilderness experience!
With departures every 30-60 mins, reservations are not necessary. Come & board our next safari. Beverages & snacks are available on our large covered picnic deck & help complete the perfect Canadian outdoor experience.