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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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!