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

Tour Description
Bear Viewing 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. Note: Whistler Blackcomb Bear Viewing Tours are only available to book over the phone. Please call 1.800.944.7853 to book.
Bear Viewing Safari - 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.

2018 Bear Viewing Tours - Whistler Blackcomb Pricing

Season Adult Price Senior/Youth Price Private Tour (entire vehicle - maximum 6 seats)
Regular Season (July - August) From $235 per person From $225 per person From $1199 per vehicle
Early/Late Season (May/June and September/October) From $198 per person From $198 per person From $1099 per vehicle

2018 Bear Viewing Tours - Bearviewing Photo Safaris

Adult Price Child Price (12 and under)
From $139 per person From $99 per person

2018 Bear Viewing Tours - Whistler Blackcomb

*No midday tour between July 11 - Aug 9
2018 Tour Dates Morning Midday Evening
May 15 - Aug 31 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM* 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sept 1 - Sept 14 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sept 15 - Sept 30 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oct 1 - Oct 15 No Tour No Tour 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

2018 Sunset or Sunrise Bearviewing Photo Safari Tour Dates

2018 Tour Dates Sunrise Afternoon Sunset
May 1 - Jun 15 6:00 AM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Jun 16 - July 15 6:00 AM 4:00 PM 7:30 PM
July 16 - July 31 6:00 AM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Aug 1 - Aug 15 6:00 AM 3:00 PM 6:30 PM
Aug 16 - Aug 31 6:00 AM NO TOUR 6:00 PM
Sept 1 - Sept 15 7:00 AM NO TOUR 5:30 PM
Sept 16 - Sept 30 7:30 AM NO TOUR 4:30 PM
Oct 1 - Oct 15 8:00 AM NO TOUR 4:00 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 outside the Blackcomb Daylodge, Blackcomb Base, 15 minutes prior to tour start. Look for the Bear Viewing sign. Yellow flags will mark the meeting location.

    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.

Bear Viewing in Whistler

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