In July 2016 my partner and I were on our annual vacation, with the goal of photographing wildlife along BC Highway 20, from Williams Lake to Bella Coola. For flexibility, we used a motorhome for transportation and accommodation. We told our campground hosts at Gnome's Home (Hagensborg) that we really wanted to photograph grizzly bears but so far we had only one fleeting glimpse of a grizzly. They suggested that we talk to Leonard Ellis of "Bella Coola Grizzly Tours" for suggestions on where to find bears.
We drove over to see Leonard who listened intently to our requirements - bears (particularly grizzly bears) relatively stationary (probably feeding on salmon) with good lines of sight at a range of about 100 metres. We explained that we would need to set up our photographic equipment and stay put for several hours at a time in relative safety.
Leonard took special interest in our request and at his own expense and on his own time, drove us around to relatively remote sites. He showed us logs that a grizzly had rubbed bare, paw prints rubbed into the earth to mark territory and likely feeding spots, et cetera. We were very grateful for his expertise and his efforts to make our adventure as successful as possible. Leonard provided his services with no expectation of remuneration. However, my partner and I are so touched by his hospitality and generosity that we plan to return to the Bella Coola Valley in September to continue photographing bears. Rest assured that we will be hiring Leonard to guide us to more grizzly hot spots!
Without doubt our encounter with Leonard Ellis of Bella Coola Grizzly Tours was the highlight of our July vacation!
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- Private Log Cabins with sundecks and full facilities offer panoramic views of the Bella Coola Valley. Kitchenettes, wireless internet, satellite TV and very comfortable Beds. Close to all amenities and very spacious on our Beautiful 20 acre Resort property. Enjoy gathering around our Fire pit in the huge 75 foot Gazebo in the evening and join one of our Land or Marine Tours during the day. Guiding Guests in the Great Bear Rainforest for 35 years. ... more less
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