Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
Most bears keep their distance from urban areas. However, there is a population of black bears that live in the mountains surrounding Vancouver and its suburbs.
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. Hikers in the local mountains may also come across black bears while trekking through the forests.
For grizzly bear 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.
There are also bear-watching tours near Vancouver in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region.
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