Your patience has finally paid off. Here come the bears! Isn’t the furry fellow in this painterly photo conversion just precious?
Let me give you a little background about how we observed wild grizzly bears on this tour. We stayed at a beautiful mountain lodge in the middle of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Just a few hundred yards from the lodge is the Atnarko River, which flows into the Bella Coola River. This time of year, the rivers are filled with spawning salmon. So it is a favorite fishing spot for the bears!
We immersed ourselves in the bears’ habitat by taking float trips down the river. We enjoyed the spectacular scenery while patiently waiting for our furry friends to appear.
We never knew when they would pop out of the thick grass along the riverbank.
Or when they would be searching for a good fishing hole along the river bank.
We were at eye level with them while they went about their business.
They would look our way every now and then, but they paid us no heed.
But this fellow swam close by and was wondering if we had an extra seat available!
Most of all, it was fascinating to see them get animated. They moved very quickly, always ready to pounce for their dinner!
For these magnificent creatures, it’s all about the fish.
Stay tuned for more pictures and stories later!