Whistler Bear Viewing Tours

  • A chance to view Whistler’s famous black bears and cubs in their natural habitat - don’t forget the camera!
  • Learn about Whistlers flora and fauna from experienced guides and researchers
  • Travel in comfort in a 4x4 vehicle to bear viewing areas, feeding sites, daybeds and dens
  • Bear Viewing tours typically run from April/May - September/October

Whistler Bear Viewing Tours

Bear Viewing Photo Safaris - Whistler Olympic Park

Leave the crowds of Whistler village behind as you adventure into the wild in style in one of the world’s most capable 4x4 vehicles. This intimate excursion focuses on the Whistler Olympic Park resident black bears and their cubs, as well as the famed 2010 Olympic venue itself. With after-hours access to the Olympic Park and exclusive privilege to drive on the 2010 Olympic Legacy Trail network, guests will experience amazing private lookouts, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife, bear dens and a once in a lifetime view from the top of the Olympic ski jumps.

Bear Viewing & Ecology Tours - Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to up to 60 black bears and cubs. Travel in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle through ski area habitats while traversing the largest concentration of mother bear ranges in the region. Take an even closer look with short walks to feeding sites and wander through old growth forests where bears have hibernated through many winters. The experienced and qualified team of guides provide a truly incredible outdoor learning experience.

Tickets can only be booked online 3+ days in advance. To book tickets within 3 days, please Call 1.800.944.7853 or visit our team at the Whistler Visitor Centre

Bear Viewing Photo Safaris - Whistler Olympic Park

Adult Price (Public Tour) Child Price -12 and under (Public Tour) Private Tour - Jeep (4 passengers) Private Tour - SUV (7 passengers)
From $159 per person From $99 per person $625 per Jeep $1100 per SUV

Bear Viewing & Ecology Tours - Whistler Blackcomb

Season Adult Price Senior/Youth Price Private Tour (entire vehicle - maximum 6 seats)
Regular Season (July - August) From $245 per person From $235 per person From $1,249 per vehicle
Early/Late Season (May/June and September/October) From $205 per person From $195 per person From $1,149 per vehicle

2020 Bear Viewing Photo Safari Tour Dates

2020 Tour Dates Sunrise Morning Afternoon Sunset
May 1 - June 15, 2020 N/A 9 AM (from May 15) 4 PM 7 PM
Jun 16 - Jul 15 6 AM 9 AM 4 PM 7:30 PM
Jul 16 - Jul 31 6 AM 9 AM 4 PM 7 PM
Aug 1 - Aug 15 6 AM 9 AM 3 PM 6:30 PM
Aug 16 - Aug 31 6 AM N/A N/A 6 PM
Sept 1 - Sept 15 7 AM N/A N/A 5:30 PM
Sept 16 - Sept 30 7 AM N/A 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
Oct 1 - Oct 15 8 AM N/A 1 PM 4 PM

2020 Bear Viewing Tours - Whistler Blackcomb

2020 Tour Dates Morning Midday Evening
May 11 - May 31 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM NO TOUR 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
June 1 - July 14 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
July 15 - August 14 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM NO TOUR 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 15 - September 14 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sept 15 - Sept 30 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oct 1 - Oct 7 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM NO TOUR 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Oct 8 - Oct 17 NO TOUR NO TOUR 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Whistler Olympic Park Bear Safari - Information

Bear Viewing Safari Details

    A guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodations or another convenient location in Whistler.

    There are several photographic points of interest where you will get out of the vehicle so wear appropriate footwear and layered clothing as temperatures can change quickly in the mountains. Each vehicle is equipped with insect repellant or you may bring your own.

    All ages welcome, booster seats are available. Infant car seats must be supplied and installed by the guest. While our guides are dedicated to tracking bears throughout the season’s climatic conditions and food supplies can, from time to time, limit our viewing opportunities.

    Bear Viewing Safari Information

      Experience the Whistler Olympic Park like it’s your own private oasis as you explore the 2010 Legacy Trail network. Immerse yourself in a pristine, intact ecosystem in which mother bears, cubs, and males searching for mates, roam freely and untagged, providing spectacular viewing and photography opportunities.

      4x4 to the top of the Olympic Ski Jumps and brave the gatehouse for a gold-medal view. You’ll be amazed by the Olympic rings, biathlon, and training facilities, all in the heart of where our resident black bear population eat, sleep, mate and raise their young. Experience private lakes, lookouts, waterfalls, bear dens, tracks and tree markings, and feast on berries straight from the bush.

      Whether you pack your camera or just your phone, our guides will help you find the perfect memory to take home. From award-winning photographers to geologists, ecologists and even a wildlife veterinarian, Whistler Photo Safaris attracts top guides each season to provide you with an educational and entertaining experience.

    Whistler Blackcomb Bear Viewing Tours - Information

    Bear Viewing Tour Details

    Meeting Location is at the Bear Viewing tent at the Base of Whistler Mountain, opposite the Village Gondola 15 minutes prior to tour start. Look for the Bear Viewing sign.

    Dress in layers and wear sturdy footwear. Bring insect repellent and don’t forget your camera. Binoculars are not provided, limited pairs available.

    All tours are subject to weather conditions. Please note that bear sightings are not guaranteed, as activity is dependent on weather, food supply, other bears and human activity. Recommended for children 9+ years old.

    Bear Viewing Tour Information

    A visit to the Coast Mountains is not complete without this tour. Experience the wildlife, vegetation, glaciers and rainforests of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains while looking out for some of the population of up to 70 black bears and cubs, including 17 mothers, that have adapted to feeding, mating, and hibernating amongst ski area habitats.

    Travel in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle through forests, meadows and streams. Visit bear dens and wander through pristine alpine meadows and old growth Western Hemlock forests. Learn how conservation and enhancement initiatives help to sustain healthy populations, and how mountain resorts are continually redesigning recreational experiences to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife.

    As many other wildlife share the same habitats, you may also see Coastal Mountain black-tailed deer, Coyote, Ruffed grouse, Red-tailed hawks, Barred and Great Horned owls, and Western Hoary marmots.

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