Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Bear Watching

Grizzly bear crossing a stream (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)

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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