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Wild Bear Lodge

Highway 31, Kaslo, British Columbia V0G 1M0 Canada
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Wild Bear Lodge (formerly Grizzly Bear Ranch) is a small, specialised wilderness lodge about halfway between Vancouver and Calgary. We are located in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, a vast hideaway of ancient mountains, old-growth trees, and fast-flowing rivers. We offer some of the most exciting and natural bear-viewing, nature and wilderness holidays in north America, against a backdrop of some of western Canada’s most dramatic terrain.
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Jennifer D wrote a review Oct 2023
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Here I was 63 yrs old lying still as a statue on the bank of a beautiful Canadian river ….. only 5 meters away was this amazing creature a wild ‘ Grizzly Bear’. Thank-you to our knowledgeable guide Paul we were able to witness up close a wild Grizzly hunting, eating salmon & swimming in the crystal clear river. We had come to beautiful Canada to stay at the home of our expert tracking guide in all things Bears .. Julius of ‘Wild Bear Lodge’ Every day was magic from tracking wildlife thru the amazing dense forest to rafting down the clearest waters showcasing the red salmon lining up to spend the few remaining weeks of their lives … on our rafting adventure we stealthily paddled along scanning the area for a sighting of a Grizzly. We weren’t disappointed as there in the water was a magnificent Grizzly eating away on his salmon… Julius quickly directed us to .. back pedal ! Our guides the effervescent Kim & humble /knowledgeable Paul together with our expert Julius made our stay a life long dream come true.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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David wrote a review Oct 2023
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
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An opportunity to spend time with wonderful, knowledgeable people in a special part of the world. Julius, Kim (1), and Paul were perfect hosts during our 3 day stay and wonderful guides whilst in the field. Kim (2) and Bree kept us all well fed and watered with an amazing selection of fare that I will now have to work off when I get home. Experiencing the salmon run during the fall, & and its integral connection to supporting both flora and fauna of B.C.'s temperate rainforest was personally a bucket list experience. We saw grizzly, moose, deer, and a wide variety of bird life. Signs of beaver, wolf, and puma were also encountered whilst out trekking. The opportunity to track and photograph these majestic animals both from the forest floor and traversing downstream in a raft is something those with a love of our biodiversity should experience. I would highly recommend making the time to visit, and all that is on offer. The accommodation is great for couples with individual private cabins. Lodgings are extremely comfortable and well set up both as a base, or just kicking back in either by your own fireplace, or sitting on your own verandah choosing to read a book (from a wide supplied selection) or just enjoying the wonderful view. Don't put off a visit.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: A good camera is a must for capturing images of wildlife.
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Josh wrote a review Oct 2023
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We really enjoyed our time at the lodge and the chance to experience Canadian wilderness and view grizzly bears in their natural habitat. We loved exploring the river and forests with our expert guides - Julius, Paul and Kim - who went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience and the best possible viewings, while keeping us safe. We learned a lot from them (and not only about bears!). We found the lodge itself to be very comfortable, well equipped and super cozy. The breakfasts and dinners with our hosts and the other guests were really enjoyable as we got to share the experience with a very diverse group of people. The food in the lodge was also incredibly tasty and comforting - big thanks to cook Kim and Brie. We thoroughly recommend the Wild Bear Lodge and hope to be back again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: We had some great bear viewings in our group, but the days go by quickly - consider booking 2...
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Toni M wrote a review Jun 2023
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
During my few days at Wild Bear Lodge I experienced a true connection to nature from the tranquility of the location, the hikes in what felt like unexplored territory and the beauty of the Selkirk Mountains. And then of course, the bears!! Julius's expert guidance left me feeling very safe. He has an amazing knowledge and a deep love for these wonderful creatures. The lodge itself has been built with love and care, the food is delicious and nothing is too much trouble. Julius and Kim were fantastic hosts whose aim was to ensure that I had the most amazing time and I did. Can't wait to return for a winter season.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Paul T wrote a review Nov 2022
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We had a fabulous time with you and the team and really enjoyed the time at the lodge. We saw and learnt so much during our stay and the balance of activity and learning was perfect. Please thank Bree for the wonderful food and Sage and Paul for sharing their knowledge, insight and enthusiasm. Since we left we have put some of the knowledge we gained to good use and tracked dear, wolves and elk in the river bed where we are staying; 30 minutes out of Golden. We haven't seen the animals leaving the tracks yet but do have five resident bald eagles feeding on the salmon just below the house. We would definitely love to come again and would highly recommend the lodge as a place to sta yand see the real wild Canada.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Anthony N wrote a review Nov 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
An inspirational few days From when you arrive the days are busy learning about the wild life of BC . All of the guides are passionate about finding bears to view in their natural habitat. Not all walks were successful but you still learn about the animals and plants . From reading tracks in the mud to creeping silently down wind of bears the whole experience was fascinating. We will be back.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vicky N wrote a review Nov 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom24 contributions9 helpful votes
A truly memorable & exciting experience. Learning about tracking, tracks, behaviour etc of the local wildlife from such lovely, knowledgeable & enthusiast people in a most beautiful spot in BC was so smiley. The cabin was cosy, food yum & company so interesting. The days well planned. Really looking forward to heading back. Thank you Julius, Sage, Kim x2 & Paul
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Wayne P wrote a review Nov 2022
Perth, Australia11 contributions4 helpful votes
This is the second visit to Wild Bear Lodge for us, so must be great. We went in 2019 and loved it so much that we decided to return as soon as the world was open again after the pandemic. It did not disappoint. Julius and Paul were fantastic as our guides on this visit. So knowledgeable and entertaining. The food was superb again. Thank you to Kim for the delicious meals. We were very fortunate to see some grizzlies. Loved the cabins, we went at a different time of year this time and thoroughly enjoyed the whitewater rafting experience for the first time. Thank you to Pat, one of the other guests who took the amazing photo below. We will definitely be back but will book a double trip this time to enjoy it for longer. Thank you to everyone at Wild Bear Lodge and see you next time.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Buhbabe wrote a review Nov 2022
Holly Springs, North Carolina10 contributions1 helpful vote
The rationale for the Wild Bear Lodge is to enable guests to see bears in their natural environment, which, of course, means that there is no guarantee that one will be successful. While we did see a couple of bears in the distance, the overall bear viewing was not what we had hoped for. It seems that we were somewhat unlucky, as other reviews suggest that most people have better luck. In fact, the other two couples that were there at the same time did have better sightings of bears. With that said, the lodging, the food, the guides, and the staff are extraordinary. Our guides, Paul and Sage, were extremely knowledgable and helpful, and went to great lengths to search for bears. In the process, we learned a lot about wildlife, tracking, and animal habits, both during hikes and at evening talks. These are remarkable people who care deeply for the environment and the animals. Hikes to search for animals were in very small groups of 2-4, and the guides took great care of us. Although Wild Bear Lodge is in the wilderness, the lodging and food were outstanding. The cabins are large and comfortable, and heated with a wood stove. The food prepared by Kim is served homestyle and is excellent. The overall ambience is one of being with friends. The host, Julius, and one of the guides joined us for meals, which were served family style with all the guests at the same table. Julius is a quite interesting person, who has many stories to share and meals were one of the highlights of the trip because of that. Although the bear sightings were not as we had hoped, the overall experience was outstanding.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Wendy S wrote a review Nov 2022
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Our stay at Wild Bear Lodge exceeded our expectations in every way—from the personal service and attentive hospitality from the staff to the high quality, well-appointed cabins. We waited nearly two years for this trip due to Covid and were so excited to finally experience this unique travel experience. One our guides, Paul, met us at the airport and we enjoyed getting to know him on a lovely drive through the mountains to Kaslo, a charming mountain town where we stayed the first night of our holiday. We met Sage and the other guests the next morning and our adventure began! We were busy from sun up to sun down learning about wildlife, tracking and so much more! We started our days with delicious breakfasts, packed picnics for our afternoon hikes, and enjoyed gourmet family style meals with our Judy’s and fellow travelers each evening. Julius and the team helped tailor the hikes to our abilities so it felt very personalized. We made wonderful memories and new friends. We highly recommend this experience!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Hiking can be vigorous. Be honest about what you can do. Grizzlies were viewed from a...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wild Bear Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Wild Bear Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The SS Moyie National Historic Site (0.2 km), Fletcher Falls (0.00 km), and Kaslo River Trail (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Wild Bear Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bluebelle Bistro, Treehouse, and The Waypoint Restaurant and Bar.
Is Wild Bear Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Kaslo.
Are there any historical sites close to Wild Bear Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The SS Moyie National Historic Site (0.2 km).