Remote Grizzly Bear Viewing

There is something very special about watching these magnificent animals in their natural habitat feeding, playing and cruising along the shore.  The spring month of June is a time as the bears come out of the safety of the forest to feed on the protein rich Lygnby Sedge.  Patience is key to viewing these animals but they always come out.  Some are not afraid of humans and allow us to get relatively close while in the safety of a boat. Others we must stalk them using the wind, electric motors, paddles and poles to keep our presence unknown.  Moms with cubs can be very shy and always on the lookout for danger and other bears.

Our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Tour on June 6-11, 2018 encompasses two great lodges to use as a home base while we rest up each evening before the next days adventure.  We use Jet boats, Ocean Boats and float planes to access some of the remotest and beautiful bear viewing locations.  This is truly an amazing trip for photographers or those just looking for an  adventure.

Small Grizzly Cub cruising the shoreline looking for his next meal
Small Grizzly Cub cruising the shoreline looking for his next meal

 

A family of Grizzlies scouring the shoreline for clams and other food
A family of Grizzlies scouring the shoreline for clams and other food
A nice looking grizzly with a mouthful of Lyngby Sedge
A nice looking grizzly with a mouthful of Lyngby Sedge
This Grizzly mom is taking her young to safety
This Grizzly mom is taking her young to safety
Two young males pay fighting in the sedge
Two young males pay fighting in the sedge
Accommodations fro two days in the Grizzly Bear Sanctuary
Accommodations fro two days in the Grizzly Bear Sanctuary
This grizzly liked to Swim rather than walk along shore
This grizzly liked to Swim rather than walk along shore
A mom and three cubs eating the rich Lyngby Sedge
A mom and three cubs eating the rich Lyngby Sedge
This mom was always on the lookout for the big males
This mom was always on the lookout for the big males
Poling through a remote coastal estuary in search of Grizzly Bears
Poling through a remote coastal estuary in search of Grizzly Bears
Accommodations for nights 1-3

 

Grizzly Bear Viewing on BC’s North Coast

On our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery tour we use jet boats, float planes and ocean boats to bring guests to some of the regions most remote and secluded bear viewing locations.  We  travel by jet boat on the ocean to remote coastal estuaries that are filled with thick carpets of Lyngby Sedge.  We use jet boats so that we can maneuver through all the side channels and that intertwine amongst the estuary and hopefully get us close enough for some amazing photos. A float plane will be used to transport guests to a floating lodge where grizzlies roam the shoreline just minutes away. This year’s tour is June 6-11, 2018 starting in Terrace, BC.

Young Grizzly posing for the camera
Young Grizzly posing for the camera
Grizzly Bear and Cub posing for the Camera

 

Grizzly Bear combing the shore looking for Sedges
Stalking Grizzlies in the estuary
Float Plane landing with Grizzly Bear Viewing Guests
Family of Grizzlies looking for a meal
Family of Grizzlies looking for a meal

Grizzly Bear Stalking

On our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery tour we use jet boat son a few of the days to travel on the ocean to remote coastal estuaries that are filled with thick carpets of Lyngby Sedge.  We use jet boats so that we can maneuver through all the side channels and that intertwine amongst the estuary.  The shallow draft of the jet boat allows us to pole or use electric motors to slowly stalk and maneuver the boat into position to see the bears without scaring them.  We know the bears come out every day to feed so sometimes its just a matter of time before they decide to show themselves.  At the end of the bear viewing day we then use the louder jet boat engines to cruise of the river on a sightseeing tour. This year’s tour is June 6-10, 2017 starting in Terrace, BC.

Looking for Grizzlies
Stalking Grizzlies in the estuary
A mom and cub feeding on the sedge grass
Looking for bears in a coastal estuary
A family of bears posing for the camera

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Grizzlies and Lyngby Sedge

For coastal Grizzly Bears one of the most important spring food sources is the Lyngby sedge (Carex lyngbyei).  This sedge grows in the intertidal zone and can tolerate fresh and salt water. The bears feast on this abundant spring vegetation because of its high crude protein content as it contains 25% raw protein. One of the easiest ways to determine a Grizzly Bears activity in an area is to look at the tops of the Lyngby Sedge.  If they are flat on the top instead of pointed then this would indicate that a bear has eaten the tops off.  The next step is too see if the tops are still green which would indicate that the bear has just recently eaten the sedge or is there a brown stain or color to the top which indicates that some time has passed since the bear ate them.

The estuaries and coastline with sedges in the  spring months are definitely areas where one would begin to look for Grizzly Bears as they begin their summer long process of fattening up.

To see these bears in their natural habitat feeding in a sea of green sedge our UNBC “Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour” is an excellent way to visit very remote locations and watch these magnificent creatures photograph them.  June 6-10, 2017 starting in Terrace, BC

Grizzly enjoying a meal in the Sedge Grass
Grizzly Bear eating Lyngby Sedge

 

Estuary Rice Roots

Northern Rice-Root or Fritillaria camschatcensis is a small lily that grows in the coastal estuaries of northwest BC. The plant is nutritionally similar to the potato, which displaced traditional root vegetables in Aboriginal diets after being introduced by European settlers. Grizzly bears find them tasty and will dig them where possible.  The small rice kernels that make up the bulb will scatter when dug up by the bears then spread to another site where another plant will grow.  We will see the Rice Root on our Coastal Estuary Day of the Jet Boat Photography Tour and see the evidence of dug up roots by the local grizzly bears.

Rice Root Flower
Our guide holding the rice root
Close up of the rice root bulb

 

Grizzly Bear Photography via Jet Boat

One day of our Jet Boat tour is specifically targeting the photographing of Coastal Estuary Grizzly Bears.  We jet out to a remote estuary in search of feeding grizzly bears.  The bears come out late May and June to feed on the sedge grasses of the estuary. We will also be on the lookout for other marine mammals and wildlife enroute.  At the end of the day we will jet boat up another river.

A grizzly bear feeding on the estuary sedge grasses
Jet boating out to a remote coastal estuary