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Grizzly Bear Ranch

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Grizzly Bear Ranch is a small specialist lodge on the edge of the Canadian Rockies that offers remarkable bear-viewing holidays. Using trails that we have made ourselves, we take you far from the tourist crowds to view totally wild bears in totally wild places. We do not use viewing platforms or offer scripted experiences around managed attractants, preferring to view wild bears in their natural habitat, against the backdrop of some of western Canada's most stunning vistas. Our groups are tiny - typically 2 to 4 guests with one guide. Each evening you will return to a luxury riverside cabin with its own wood-burning stove and our fresh local table. We are also specialists in animal tracking, are on the cutting edge of bear conservation, are experienced naturalists and are politically active in saving bears and bear habitat.
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This is an experience for life. Every little thing is taken care of. You feel so welcome and taken care of. Everything is very professional: The hosts, the young guides, the gear, the accommodation, the food - all excellent. Value for money. Moreover, there is a deep respect for
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Response from Julius S, Owner at Grizzly Bear Ranch
Responded Dec. 4, 2018
Thank you for your kind review. We really try to offer value for money. These kinds of holidays are not cheap - we are very aware of that - and that is true whether you come and stay with us or go to one of the large commercial lodges on the BC coast. We also know that many of our guests save up for a long time to be able to afford to come here and we do everything we can to make their holiday really memorable (for all the right reasons.) When it comes to equipment, food, vehicles and the like we don't economise. We don't splurge on white table cloths and that sort of thing, but having great food, comfortable and well-appointed cabins, and the very best guides that we can find - that is what is important to us. So, again, thank you for your kind review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your time here and would love to have you back. It's really not that far - just a hop over to Calgary or Vancouver and a few hours drive through the mountains!
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We felt absolutely spoilt rotten whilst having some rewarding and demanding hikes. The team ensured that we were in our comfort zone and tailored the experiences to each visitors abilities. I would recommend this as a fantastic way to observe bears in their natural habitat
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Response from Julius S, Owner at Grizzly Bear Ranch
Responded Nov. 14, 2018
Thanks guys. Yes, we do try and make sure we tailor activities to guests' abilities and desires. One of the reasons we have quite a few guides and a limit of 12 guests is to be able to offer everybody what they want, in the way they want it. For some that means quietly sitting by the river and taking it all in - the autumn colours, the cry of the eagles, the red salmon. For others it might mean high-energy excursions into the alpine. Everybody is a little different in how they want to connect with nature. And we try really hard to accommodate those differences. There's nothing worse than being lumped together in one big group and having to all move along at the same pace. We definitely wouldn't enjoy that and we wouldn't expect our guests to either. And we're so glad you felt spoilt rotten!
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Grizzly Bear Ranch offered us an unparalleled opportunity to view wild grizzly bears in the most spectacular surroundings. We were lucky to see three grizzlies on our first day including a mother and cub and five in total during our stay. We viewed them at distance across a
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Response from Julius S, Owner at Grizzly Bear Ranch
Responded Nov. 14, 2018
Many thanks for your kind review. Really great that you had such a good time and got to see several wild grizzly bears. One of the things we pride ourselves on is taking guests far from the beaten track into places where we sometimes don't see another person all year. What allows us to do this is that we use a unique network of trails that we have scouted out over the years. Some of them are animal trails that have been used since time immemorial by the different wildlife we have in and around the valley. Others we have found from the air, using my trusty old 1957 Piper Supercub, still one of the best two-seat scouting planes ever built. The pay-off is that we often get to watch wild bears in places where few people, and almost no non-locals, have ever been before. Often these spots are high up in the alpine, in some of the most picturesque but least-visited places in Canada. Think Banff or Jasper, but without the crowds.... We also spend time down in the valley, of course, around the river that runs at the end of our garden, watching the red salmon (in the autumn) and the various predators that come to eat them. Bears we see often, but there are also cougars, wolves, bobcats, lynx, moose and many other exotic animals around.
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We had the most enjoyable experience at the Grizzly Bear Ranch. The accommodation comprised of comfortable, beautifully decorated log cabins with wood stoves. Meals, which were outstanding, were served at the main property belonging to the charismatic owners/managers. The guests
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Response from Julius S, Owner at Grizzly Bear Ranch
Responded Nov. 14, 2018
Thank you for your kind review. I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We do try and add as many layers as possible not just in terms of seeing wild animals but also learning to understand the hows and whys of their behaviour. Figuring out the tracks, what the various scat tells us, and picking out the minute scraps of hair the animals leave on trees is all part of the fun. As guides we are all naturalists, but we are also learning more and more about tracking and how to read the signs in the forests and on the sandy sections by the river. Who passed through, when, and why they took that route is all part of the plot. And we are even getting good at deciphering whether an animal was relaxed, stressed, hunting, stalking or fleeing. I'm sorry you didn't get to see a grizzly bear. The vast majority of our guests do, but not everyone. The only way to ensure that would be to stack the odds by using some kind of bait. We loved having you stay, though, and would be delighted to have you come again.
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We stayed early Oct and was not disappointed didn't get to see a bear up close and personal but did see two grizzly a long way off, the whole place was amazing the cabin was top. Our guides were very knowledgeable and we were in small groups of 4 so had plenty of changes to see
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Response from Julius S, Owner at Grizzly Bear Ranch
Responded Nov. 14, 2018
Thanks, guys, for your review. Great that you got to watch some bears. Yes, it was a bit of a late year. We were still seeing bears in the alpine well into October and they didn't come down to the river in larger numbers until after the middle of the month. In fact the last week of October gave for the best valley grizzly bear-viewing of the year in terms of overall numbers. (A good time to come for those of you with children on UK half-term, by the way.) There is, of course, a great charm to viewing animals in the mountains and on the river. When we see grizzly bears in the alpine they often don't know we are there and we can sit quietly and watch them, sometimes for hours, as they eat huckleberries or scout for ground squirrels and marmots. Not to mention the fact that the backdrop - seemingly endless snow-capped peaks - is one of the most stunning in the whole of north America. Bears on the river are usually closer and so our presence sometimes has some impact on them. After all the grizzly bears we watch are totally wild and not used to being around humans, unlike some of the bears you can view at the larger viewing stations on the coast which have become habituated to being watched by dozens of people in stands. That said, being close to a wild grizzly bear catching salmon is quite a thrill, even if the bear does know you're there. Especially when you are in a tiny group of only three or four in the hands of an experienced guide.
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price list for december /January ?
Hi Guys, I'm afraid we are not open in the winter but do offer holidays between May and October. Please see our website for more details.
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Hi seamoon24, we've just returned from Grizzly Bear Ranch in October. The rafting at that time was fun but not hard-core. It really is an excellent way to spot wildlife with minimum impact. I've rafted in Africa on the Zambezi and the experience with Julian and Kristin was more family focused and inclusive. My wife who is less confident in water was completely comfortable and grinning from ear to ear, even on the short stretch towards the end where you hang on. Don't let the rafting put you off - it's a small but really fun part of an amazing experience. Julius and his team were utterly professional throughout our stay.
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Thank you - but I hear its quite costly and lots of walking etc., which unfortunately, I am restricted due to knee problems.
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Hi Dan and Liv, Thank you for your email. I'm afraid we do have a minimum age restriction of 14 for our guests. Occasionally we have guests with a 12 or 13 year old, but seven is still a little young for the kind of holidays we offer. Sorry! Best Regards, Julius
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"We loved our cabin, Redfish South.It was one of the furthest from the main house but all cabins were well positioned for privacy."
"We choose a room away from the water they are all fantasic"
"The cabins next to the river are particularly good and there is always a good chance of spotting wildlife across the river."
"Logjam cabin is slightly tucked away and right by the river!"
"all good but the ones facing the river have amazing views"
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