Sparring subadult malesIt pains me to say it aloud, but there’s no denying the fact that as another amazing summer draws to an end, it’s time to embrace the splendour of autumn in all of it’s glory. The cool, crisp mornings are an opportunity to pause and appreciate the techni-colour palette of leaves, witness the miracle of bird migration southward or even harvest the bounty of Mother Nature what with the plethora of wild mushrooms and abundance of wild salmon!?

It’s also a time of year when our otherwise beautiful coastal watersheds assume a heightened state of stench that violently assaults your senses as the multitudes of salmon expire and their rotted bodies transform into a fishy cream chowder of sorts. Bear heaven!

Unfortunately for the salmon, given our current state of drought, aforementioned scenario is occurring nearly a month premature and before they’ve had the chance to deliver their precious cargo to its intended destination. Fortunately for the bears, given the current state of the salmon, this means fishin’ made easy! Just what the doctor prescribed for an acute case of hyperphagia.

Yes, the river these days looks nearly post-apocalyptic. Silver bright carcasses litter the stream floor, no obvious signs of trauma, merely having succumbed to suffocation. There’s a virtual parade of bears bobbing down the river, merrily gorging on the dead and, when the occasion presents itself, making time to bear hug passing friends and family as they all rejoice their life after the salmons death.

What with a colossal concentration of bears, the interactions between the bruins (and bruins-to-be) has been nothing short of incredible. Independent families of bears engaging in communal play and seasonal strangers pausing for group hugs is conclusive testimony to celebrating being furry, fat and friendly!

Grizzly bears and black bears, deer and wolves, eagles and an amazing array of seabirds, there’s always something to see on a Tide Rip Grizzly Tour!!!

We depart at 0700am daily from historic Telegraph Cove bound for the spectacular Knight Inlet by covered water taxi, complete with onboard washroom. Cost starts at $319 per adult for this all day excursion and includes a light breakfast, healthy lunch and knowledgeable Guides.

Please call toll free 1.888.643.9319 orlocal 250.928.3090 to book your grizzly bear tour.

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