Up Close With Wilderness Giants

  • 03 species of bear
  • 01 subspecies unique to Canada
  • 07 months of bear viewing

Go deep into the heart of nature in search of the world's most impressive predators. Witness dozens of massive polar bears lumbering through the frozen Arctic. Watch as a grizzly bear charges into a river to gnash at spawning salmon. Paddle serene waterways as black bears browse the shoreline. Explore vast coastal rainforest, searching for the white-coated Spirit bear. Your camera clicks rapidly; your heart beats even faster. This is bear viewing—a one-of-a-kind experience in the Canadian wilds.

Set out on a northern safari—explore misty evergreens, vibrant tundra, boreal forest or frozen ice floes in search of roaming bruins. With plentiful numbers of all species of North American bear, experienced and environmentally conscious operators and near-boundless natural areas—there is simply nowhere else like Canada to get safely up-close with these wilderness giants.

British Columbia




Newfoundland & Labrador




  • Canada’s weather varies by region and season. During typical bear viewing months (May through November), expect warm to mild temperatures in the summer (July to September) and cool to cold temperatures in the spring (May to June) and fall (September through November).
  • Arctic weather is typically mild to cold throughout the bear-viewing season, with sub-zero temperatures in October and November.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
When to go
  • In British Columbia, prime grizzly bear viewing runs from late-August to early October; spring/summer viewing (May to July) is also available.
  • Spirit Bears are most often spotted in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest during September and October.
  • October and November are prime polar bear viewing months in Churchill, Manitoba; summertime (July and August) viewing is also available.
  • View polar bears in Nunavut and Labrador from July to September.
  • Go “glamping” in Ontario’s bear country during May to October; paddle Manitoba’s rivers from late-May to September.
Need to know
  • Bear viewing operators conduct themselves in an environmentally responsible manner and are committed to sustainable viewing practices.
  • Experienced guides accompany all tours.
  • Operator locations are often in remote wilderness environments.
  • Bear viewing is often a mobile and active endeavour; guests are typically responsible for weatherproof outerwear and warm clothing.
  • Reservations are required.
Getting Here

• Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain is accessible via public transit.

• Bus service to-and-from the nearest city/town is available at all ski resorts.

Jasper and Le Massif de Charlevoix are accessible via train during ski season.

• Backcountry tour operators can assist with transportation needs.