If you are thinking of a grizzly bear viewing trip, you will have read all the reviews from previous visitors to each property. I could just say the same things as all the rest, but that wouldn`t help to make a selection, so I`ll try to build on those others for GBR and try to add something a little different. After all, most are pretty expensive, so you want to make the "right" choice and feel you have got value for money.
You may be a seasoned bear viewer and just want to visit another location, in which case move on to the next review, or like me be doing it for the first time. If that is the case, you will want to be sure that what is on offer meets your needs. No trip can guarantee a view, so you need to maximise your chances. GBR does this by having an itinerary visiting numerous locations almost daily and some seemingly resident mother/cub families continuously foraging. Secondly, you will want to ensure you are safe whilst getting those wonderful views. The GBR protocols and check lists are almost military in their format with guides being monitored all the time. Then, at the end of the day, you will want to eat and rest well in preparation for the next. GBR does this in a manner Julius and Kristin, the owners, describe as environmentally compatible; that involves eating together with other guests in the main ranch house (their home) then sleeping in your own wood stove heated log cabin, all adjacent to the river on which you will be taking a raft trip the next day!
If that sounds like the perfect way to view bears and other wild life, then take a close look at GBR and I`m sure you will enjoy it.
If, however, you want a guarantee of seeing bears and the best purely photographic opportunities, you MIGHT be disappointed as the real wild world doesn`t always perform on cue and when that happens the environmental approach may fall a little flat, having spent all that money to get there. In saying that I would not want to deter you from going - I had a wonderful experience and DID see a lot of bears, but you should do the homework and decide exactly what you want.
I should like to thank Julius, Kristin, Lily, Olly, Tamara and the bears for making my dream come true - a most enjoyable trip.
- Also Known As:
- Grizzly Bear Ranch Hotel Kaslo
- Grizzly Bear Ranch Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grizzly Bear Ranch is a small, private lodge hidden away in a remote BC valley that offers specialist grizzly and black bear-viewing holidays. The ranch opened in 2006 and is run by Julius, Kristin and an exceptional team of experienced and certified bear-viewing guides who will take you out on foot, in 4x4s and on river rafts to view the region's bears. ... more less