Grizzly Adventures in Canada's North

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As the days grow longer and warmer, Canada’s North comes into its own as a tourist destination. When many travelers think of Canada, they imagine the whole country to be one great Northern wilderness, but for the majority of Canadians, who live in close proximity to their American neighbours to the South, anything north of the 49th parallel remains a mystery.

ToursByLocals is fortunate to have a wilderness guide in a Canadian region synonymous with outdoors adventure: Prince Rupert and the Khutzeymateen Inlet. If you look on a map, you’ll see Prince Rupert is half-way up the British Columbia coast on the way to Alaska, and indeed the port town is the last stopping point for Alaska-bound cruise ships. But Prince Rupert is much more than just a transportation hub. This northern city boasts a truly spectacular harbour, a wealth of aboriginal culture, and more outdoor adventure than most people could ever dream of.

Our local guide here is Greg, who grew up along BC’s north coast. For the past 25 years, Greg has been traveling to the Khutzeymateen area (about a half hour float plane ride from Prince Rupert) to observe the region’s grizzly bears in the wild. Khutzeymateen is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears on the British Columbia coast. The sanctuary has been established primarily to protect the grizzlies known to range the area, and human activity in the park is strictly controlled.

Greg can recognise particular sow bears and cubs and knows which ones are more comfortable being observed by humans. From a safe distance in a small boat, while eagles soar overhead, visitors on Greg’s Grizzly Bear tours can observe mother bears as they bring their cubs and yearlings to the beach to let them feed and play and teach them where to find food. If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime adventure amongst some of the planet's most splendid creatures, this is it!

Whether you’re a Canadian who has never ventured into the North, or a visitor hoping to access the splendor of our wilderness, you need to get in touch with get in touch with Greg.
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