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Review of Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb
Ranked #18 of 53 Tours in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is your opportunity to experience the black bear and wildlife populations Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains have to offer. The Mountains are home to roughly 60 black bears and cubs, as well as a variety of wildlife, vegetation, and glaciers in a pristine alpine setting. Learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help sustain healthy populations, and how Whistler Blackcomb is continually redesigning recreational experiences to ensure a sustainable future. Our experienced team of guides have a wealth of knowledge of the region’s ecology and bear populations, and are eager to share in an incredible outdoor learning experience.
Reviewed September 14, 2012

This tour is a 'must do' for any nature lover. We went out on an evening tour. Our guide Geoff was excellent, very informative and worked hard to make sure everyone on the tour got the best view of the bears. We travelled in a comfortable truck all over the mountain and saw 7 bears including a mother and her two cubs. We got some great photos. An amazing experience and the highlight of our trip to Canada so far.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Took the evening tour with Geoff as our guide. Geoff was good at his job and enjoys what he does. We were driven up the slopes of Whistler mountain in a Suburban with 4 wheel drive. Not something you would be able to achieve on your own. We were fortunate enough to see seven different black bears on our 3 hour outing. Observations were close enough to get 'money' shots of the bears with a mid-tier pocket digital camera with a 20x optical zoom. Proximity to bears varied from 150-500ft. For two of us it ran approx $440 (USD). Had we not seen any bears it would have been a tough nut to swallow. Fortunately they do have a very high hit rate for observations, but as you are out observing nature you always have to be prepared for strikeouts. Note: Their are no Grizzley bears in the area, so you would need to go elsewhere to see them.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We saw 5 or 6 bears and witnessed some of their territorial traits when other bears were approaching their areas. We saw a den and enjoyed some wild birds flying down to eat out of guides hand. It was a worthwhile experience. I suggest either early morning or late evening for the best chance to see the most bears.

Thank DrCro
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We paid over $200 per person for the 3-hour tour at 6 pm. No guarantees, but an early August sighting of 5 bears may be average. We also saw 2 blacktail deer. An unremarkable SUV tour, no frills, no water bottles, a nice guide to answer questions, not a real scientific or ecology tour. With 5 guests at $200 per to fund overhead - a guide plus $50 of gas, this tour operator is making a killing on the tourist trade. I'd not recommend it for value for your dollar.

1  Thank Linda W
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Okay, this trip is fairly pricey. But it is totally worth it.

Michael Allen is Whistler's bear man, he has been watching the bears for 20 years and knows where they like to hang out. We saw 8 different bears including 2 cubs on our trip.

It's surprising how close you can get to them. Michael obviously knows not to scare them, but the bears are just like 'okay, its you again, with some tourists'.

You can see bears around Whistler and on the edge of the road from Vancouver fairly frequently, but nothing beats seeing them high up on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains.

Michael will say he is not an expert on bears, but all he means is that he has no official qualification. He knows absolutely loads about them.

The pic below was taken our trip, I've got loads just as good as this one.

If you go to Whistler and don't do this trip then you'll regret it

Thank MattP1979
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