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Join professional wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt along British Columbia’s remote Taku River to photograph grizzlies up close - a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

From late July through to mid August, large numbers of grizzly bears congregate in this area to take advantage of the plentiful pink and Chinook salmon that run up the Taku River to spawn. For over 20 years these bears have been treated with total respect by the small controlled number of human visitors and consequently they are totally relaxed around people.

This, in turn, offers perhaps the most spectacular and intimate photography opportunities imaginable – the bears come so close that you will find yourself taking pictures with a wide angle lens! On a daily basis there will be numerous close encounters with the bears, and Nick will spend the week helping you get the most out of these photographic opportunities, with tuition, workshops and advice for all levels of photographer.

In addition to these magnificent grizzlies, the spawning salmon also attract other predators like bald eagles and, occasionally, even grey wolves.

 

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Vancouver

    Depart the UK on a flight to Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver later the same day and transfer downtown.

    Accommodation: Vancouver hotel, 1-night

  2. Day 2: Fly to Whitehorse

    Late morning we transfer to Vancouver airport for the flight to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.

    Accommodation: Whitehorse hotel, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Helicopter to Grizzly Camp on Taku River

    In the early morning, we board our shuttle bus transfer from Whitehorse to the Atlin town helipad (2 hours). We enjoy a scenic helicopter flight (30 minutes) over the Nakina – Inklin Rivers Conservancy to the Grizzly Camp. Upon arrival and after checking in, we enjoy a relaxing lunch and briefing on bear viewing in the vicinity.

    In the afternoon we head on our first bear watching and photography along the Taku River and tributaries.

    Accommodation: Grizzly Camp, 6-nights

  4. Days 4-8 : Photography workshops on Taku River

    During our time at Grizzly Camp, we have a completely flexible itinerary revolving around morning and afternoon bear watching and photography. During periods of reduced bear activity there will be plenty of opportunities for photography tuition, reviewing images and building on skills and techniques. 

  5. Day 9: Bear watching and helicopter to Atlin, onward flight to Whitehorse

    Today we enjoy one last bear watching in the morning before to board our helicopter and fly back to Atlin, followed by a bus ride to Whitehorse.

    Accommodation: Whitehorse hotel, 1-night

  6. Day 10: Fly to Vancouver

    After a leisurely morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Vancouver and transfer to our hotel downtown. We enjoy our last evening meal in the hub of the city, reflecting on the trip and incredible encounters.

    Accommodation: Vancouver hotel, 1-night

  7. Day 11: Depart Vancouver

    Today we have some free time to explore the vibrant city of Vancouver before heading to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

  8. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £8,895 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £7,695 pp
  • Single supplement: From £5,880
  • Group size: 9
  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Return flights between Vancouver and Whitehorse
    • 2 nights hotel in Vancouver (including breakfast)
    • 2 nights hotel in Whitehorse (including breakfast)
    • 6 nights at Grizzly Camp
    • Meals at Grizzly Camp
    • Return helicopter between Whitehorse and Grizzly Camp
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking

Expert leader

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Featured locations:

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

Whitehorse

The capital and largest city of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse stands on the 2,232 kilometre-long Alaska Highway, straddling the Yukon River, which runs north from British Columbia to Alaska. It takes its name from nearby rapids which resembled the mane of a white horse.

  • Where: Yukon
  • Excellent for: City stopover

Vancouver

British Columbia’s largest city stands in a fine coastal setting, against a backdrop of lofty tree-covered peaks - a great starting point to any wildlife holiday in the province. There is plenty to see in this lively, multi-cultural city, such as exploring Stanley Park on foot or by bike.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Excellent for: Activity & adventure, City stopover, History & culture
Featured accommodation:

Grizzly Camp

Grizzly Camp offers some of the finest grizzly bear viewing in the world, with spontaneous encounters possible each day. Set in a pristine wilderness of rivers, creeks and forests, the camp accommodates up to eight guests and four staff in individual cabins, guaranteeing an intimate and exclusive experience.