Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Bears roam the mountains and valleys that make up the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region.
Approximately fifty black bears wander through the coastal hemlock-cedar forests around Whistler. Tours provide the opportunity to watch the bears in their natural environment, while getting to know their personalities and even their names. Check with local Visitor Centres for info on what tours are available.
For grizzly sightings just thirty minutes from the traffic and high-rises of Vancouver, head to Grouse Mountain and visit Grinder and Coola. These grizzly bears, orphaned as cubs, live in a refuge at the top of the mountain.
Most bears keep their distance from urban areas. However, each year there are reports of black bears investigating mountainside residential neighbourhoods in search of food: garbage, birdfeeders and other attractants. Residents are taught to be “bear smart” to prevent backyard bears.
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6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, live entertainment, a wildlife refuge & much more. In winter, enjoy snowshoeing, outdoor mountaintop ice skating, sleigh rides & the best in local skiing & snowboarding. Ideally situated overlooking the city, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC, from fine dining at The Observatory to flavourful après in Altitudes Bistro. Visit our newest attraction, The Eye of the Wind, Vancouver's iconic wind turbine.
Join us to experience unparallelled wildlife viewing, whale watching & awe-inspiring First Nations culture, amidst BC's most spectacular landscapes. Our small group sizes mean our guests enjoy the most intimate experiences with nature & our photographers the best opportunities... our guests are never just part of a crowd. With our small groups (maximum 6 guests per trip), our fully certified professional guides can better ensure the safety of the group while having the least impact on the lands we visit & the wildlife we view. Join our scheduled trips or design your own custom (private) charter & experience the Wild in Wilderness!
4282 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
Spanning the distance between Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is breathtaking. The journey between the two mountains provides a 360-degree window into Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment, its surrounding peaks, changing seasons & wildlife habitat. Looking for an epic hike to an ancient glacier? A gentle stroll on an alpine walking trail? A tour of black bear habitat? High tea at an alpine hut? Wine tasting on a mountaintop patio? The choice is yours with the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. From easy to epic, there's something for everyone.
'Exclusive Land Rover Excursions'. Our year-round scenic private/semi-private Eco-Tours will take you to areas rarely seen by most Whistler visitors; Morning/Evening with the Bears, Ancient Rainforest/Eagle Viewing Experience, Hidden Glacier Lake Hike/Snowshoe. Travel throughout the Coast Mountain Range to rarely seen scenic destinations in one of our rugged, well-appointed G4 series Land Rover LR3 to the most remote locations in the Whistler region. Take in the year-round amazing beauty of the area on several of our exclusive private/semi-private tours. Allow Whistler Discovery Tours to guide you on your unique adventure.