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Experience the world of the grizzly bear, up close and personal, at Grizzly Camp; where bears fish for salmon in the river, sleep next to the deck or wander along the walkway into camp.

Deep in British Columbia, designed with the bears in mind, this place offers unparalleled opportunities for bear viewing. The land belongs to the bears, we are just visitors, and they are allowed to come as close as they like, right into the camp should they wish. The camp really is an open-air classroom on bear behaviour and a stay here is a life-changing experience, a chance to observe and enjoy a peaceful co-existence between species.

Each cabin is furnished with twin or double beds, wood burning stove and LED lighting powered by the camp generator. Each cabin has its own detached bathroom unit located in a brand-new central bathroom building, equipped with a septic flushing toilet, a warm water shower, power outlets and lighting. Towels and face cloths are provided. Meals are served outdoors in order to maximise the wildlife viewing opportunities.

What separates the Grizzly River Camp from other bear-viewing lodges in Canada and Alaska is the sheer number of bears in the surrounding area – up to 60 different grizzly bears have been counted in one season at this camp. The bears have very much adapted to the camp, so it is common to see bears whilst enjoying a meal on the deck or relaxing in front of your cabin. Apart from the designated viewing sites around the camp, guests can also visit one of the high viewing platforms on their own as long as they take an air horn and walkie-talkie with them.

There are also excellent photographic opportunities for a whole host of other wildlife including bald eagles, yellow warblers and beavers. Moose and wolves can be seen on occasion as well. 

This camp is only accessible by helicopter ride from the small town of Atlin, which greatly reduces the impact on the local environment.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Grizzly Bears on the Taku River

Enjoy watching and photographing brown bears at close quarters on British Columbia’s remote Taku River, where the grizzlies are habituated and completely relaxed. Led by award winning photographer Nick Garbutt, this tour offers thrilling and exhilarating encounters with these magnificent carnivores.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Bears & Orcas Up Close

See pods of orcas and other whales as they glide through the Salish Sea off Vancouver Island, before you fly north to the Yukon. A helicopter trip to a bear camp deep in the forest on the Taku River gives close sightings of grizzly bears going about their business in the wild, and bald eagles on the wing.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Nakina – Inklin Rivers (Yawu Yaa) Conservancy

Nakina – Inklin Rivers (Yáwu Yaa) Conservancy is located approximately 70 kilometres south of Atlin and encompasses protected fish and wildlife habitats. This truly wild and remote area is criss-crossed with streams heavy with spawning salmon – a magnet for the magnificent grizzly bear.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, bald eagle, American beaver, grey wolf, moose
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Bear watching