Gary Zorn has a passion for the big bears – the grizzlies. With Gary you will meet the Cariboo Mountains grizzly bears in their wild natural habitat. Gary has devoted his life studying the social hierarchy, habits, habitat and body language of these creatures while communing with them on their turf. Grizzlies, one of the largest predatory and most solitary species with their razor sharp claws, big demeanor, tell-tale hump over the shoulder and dished nose are unmistakable - the undisputed signature species of the Canadian wilderness. From the wetlands to the alpine travel the trails of these great animals with Gary. He knows the bears here intimately from their unique habits, temperaments, family units and colorings. These bears are wild, free and unhabituated. With over 30 years experience Gary maintains a constant and vigilant respect for the bears. His most often repeated advice in bear viewing – “Grizzly Bears are wild animals. Remain calm. Never run from a bear.” High safety standards ensure guests enjoy this unique experience and see some of Canada’s premier wildlife in close proximity, ideal for photography and just experiencing nature in the raw. Whether you are viewing the bears on the rivers going about their daily business and enjoying a salmon feast or feeding on Solomon seals (Polygonatum multiflorum) and grasses in the high mountain valleys, it is an experience you will remember and treasure forever.
Observe the “cycle of life” as the clear glacial waters of the rivers of the Quesnel Lake watershed run red with the returning sockeye salmon and the largest bodied Chinook/King Salmon run in the province. The river habitat is shared by the resident trout and the salmon making them a "grizzly bear buffet". The salmon return from the Pacific Ocean through the Fraser River system and the Quesnel River into the watershed rivers where they spawn and complete their life cycle. As the salmon return the Grizzly bears also return to the rivers. The rivers of the Quesnel Lake watershed originate high among the mountain peaks and glaciers in the Cariboo Mountains. The glacial waters follow a rugged path of waterfalls and rapids through steep boulder strewn canyons with long runs and deep pools that provide ideal habitat and spawning areas. This adventure provides exceptional grizzly bear watching and photography opportunities as the bears feast on salmon and ready themselves for their winter hibernation. Along with the grizzlies the rivers are lined with eagles, bald and golden, also feasting on the salmon carcasses. It is an amazing site to see. These exquisite river ecosystems provide critical habitat for wildlife, especially moose, grizzly bears and waterfowl. This is a unique study opportunity for naturalists and photographers.
As you observe the cycle of the salmon and the antics of the native wildlife you will also see many species of birds including ducks, geese, blue herons, trumpeter swans, dippers (water ouesels), whiskey jacks (gray jays), sapsuckers, woodpeckers, grouse, swifts and many more. Native wildlife in the area includes the mountain grizzlies, mountain goats, mountain caribou, mule deer, moose, black bears, wolves and a host of smaller furbearers such as otters, beavers, pine martens, chipmunks, squirrels and more. Don’t miss this natural history adventure. This is one of the few places on earth where this cycle of life remains in tact in the wild – untamed and undisturbed.
We use jetboats to access the rivers and then drift down which gives you an up close and personal view of the rivers, the ecosystems and the wildlife inhabitants. It is a unique and very safe way to view bears and enjoy the wilderness rivers in the Cariboo Mountains.
Come and join Gary and Ecotours – BC for this unique experience. Hear his engaging and often humorous bear stories and learn about these magnificent animals from his knowledge and experience in the world of the great bears. A truly Canadian wilderness adventure this is not just a grizzly bear viewing trip. It’s a pure intimate experience with nature – one that has the power to enlighten and redefine one’s inner self.
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