The best way to safely view bears in the wild in Whistler is through a bear viewing tour. Whistler Photo Safaris offer a guided experience that not only takes you to the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, but also gives you the opportunity to see bears in their natural habitat.
All through fall bears are preparing for hibernation. We've teamed up with the Get Bear Smart Society for tips on what to do if you see a bear and how you can help them stay wild during this active season.
Everybody loves black bears but no one knows them as well as Whistler local Michael Allen, who's been studying our resident black bears for the past 20 years. The Insider takes a video ride-along on one of Michael's incredible bear viewing tours.
Periodically throughout the summer The Insider will track down the stories (and people) behind some of the #WhistlerUnfiltered images. This week we talk bears on the golf course with Whistler local and frequent #Whistlerunfiltered submitter Phil Chambers.
It's a thrill to see a bear in the wild but 500 pounds of muscle and claw doesn't make for a good playmate or photo-shoot model, if you're too close. The Insider reveals the worst and the best places to spot a black bear in Whistler.