This is one of the most easy and economical ways to watch grizzly bears. During your 3 to 5 night experience you will be staying in the Pyna-Tee-Ah- Lodge located in the Cariboo Mountains on the south shore of Quesnel Lake
Enjoy this unique experience and see some of Canada’s premier wildlife in close proximity, ideal for photography and just experiencing nature in the raw. Whether you are watching the bears on the rivers by jetboat going about their daily business and enjoying a salmon feast or feeding on Solomon seals and grasses in the high mountain valleys, it is an experience you will remember and treasure forever.
Note from Eco-tours
“On all of our wildlife viewing trips safety is first and foremost for both the wildlife and our guests. We are especially vigilant and safety conscious on our bear viewing excursions. Our guides are experienced, qualified professionals. Knowing and recognizing bear body language plays an important role in safe viewing. The bears we view are wild bears in their natural habitat. They are not habituated bears used to being around people. We keep in mind at all times that we are visitors and guests in their homes and we do everything possible to avoid stressing and impacting them as they go about the usual business of their daily lives and foraging for food. They are intelligent, often playful and very entertaining.”
When to See The Bears
When to See The Bears
May through October
The bears are in the high alpine basins and valleys in the Cariboo Mountains. Viewing at this time involves alpine hiking. Some areas can be accessed and be in the alpine and on top of the peaks in under an hour. These areas offer excellent viewing and photographic opportunities as you walk along the high alpine peaks and ridges and view the mountain valleys below. Travel time to get to the trailheads is an hour or less from the lodge. Besides grizzlies guests may also see moose, mountain caribou, black bear, mountain goats, wolves, mule deer, wolverine, lynx and a variety of mountain song birds, smaller animals and unique alpine plants and flowers.
Fall Grizzly viewing in September and October is done primarily over the salmon runs on the rivers by jet boats. Toward the end of August the sockeye salmon begin to arrive in the Cariboo Mountains Quesnel Lake watershed and travel up the rivers and tributaries to the spawning redds of their birth where they will lay their eggs to ensure future generations and end their lives. These fish have traveled thousands of miles, often from the gulf of Alaska all the way down the coast of British Columbia where they enter the Fraser River, their highway to the interior spawning rivers, then up the Quesnel River and into the rivers of their birth in the Quesnel Lake watershed. This is a mighty feat of nature and is an amazing and wondrous site to behold. The arrival of the salmon in the rivers quickly draws the grizzlies to the rivers for their fall feast at nature’s buffet in preparation for their winter’s hibernation.
Mrs Squire - Travelled to Atlantic Canada
"the arrangements worked perfectly"
I am pleased to say that all the arrangements worked perfectly from start to finish. The Atlantic Tours itinerary was excellent and a special mention should go to both our guide (Marion) and driver (Don) who managed everything and everybody with not only professional aplomb but also a great sense of humour. The hotels were of a very good standard as was the food that was included - suffice to say that we are now working to remove some of the extra poundage gained as a result of our indulgences! We would not hesitate to recommend your services and will be more than happy to use them again in the future.
Itinerary (5 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
This bear tour should be part of a longer holiday. Whether you stay in Vancouver,...
This bear tour should be part of a longer holiday. Whether you stay in Vancouver, Whistler or tour Vancouver Island let us put together some ideas for you.
Arrive at Pyna Tee, settle in, explore the tiny village of Likely or take a...
Arrive at Pyna Tee, settle in, explore the tiny village of Likely or take a stroll along the Quesnel River. Through spring and summer the high alpine explodes in a cornucopia of colour as the wild flowers bloom – asters, glacier lilies, solomon’s seal, monkey flower, Indian paint brush and a myriad of others. The lush valley bottom ecosystems provide food and shelter for countless species, including Grizzly and Black Bears, water fowl, moose and caribou, butterflies, and a whole other plant world. In the rivers of these valley bottoms the bull trout and rainbow trout share their habitat with the salmon – sockeye, coho and Chinook.
This is area also is rich in history. It is the heart of the 1860’s Cariboo Gold Rush and there are many authentic and interesting historical sites remaining from the gold rush days.
3 nights to 5 nights
After an early breakfast, you will head off in the 4×4 for your day’s adventure....
After an early breakfast, you will head off in the 4×4 for your day’s adventure. Depending on the season you will either be looking for wildlife using a combination of an ATV and walking through the forest or a jetboat floating down the Mitchell or Cariboo River.
With Gary or one of his team as your guide you will meet the Cariboo Mountains grizzly bears in their wild natural habitat. Gary has devoted his life studying the social hierarchy, habits, habitat and body language of these creatures while communing with them on their turf. Grizzlies, one of the largest predatory and most solitary species with their razor sharp claws, big demeanour, tell-tale hump over the shoulder and dished nose are unmistakable – the undisputed signature species of the Canadian wilderness. Gary and his team know the grizzly bears here intimately from their unique habits, temperaments, family units and colourings. The best time to see the bears is from late August to early October but they can be seen from mid July onwards.
You will return to the lodge at around 16:30 in time for a shower and a glass of wine before a home-cooked dinner – time to go over the day’s events and share photographs and memories.
BC & Alberta
Explore further into British Columba or into Alberta and see the stunning Canadian Rockies, Driving...
BC & Alberta
Explore further into British Columba or into Alberta and see the stunning Canadian Rockies, Driving down the Icefields Parkway is an experience not to be missed! Let us arrange your complete tailor-made holiday.