Wednesday, June 1, 2011
On a "Bear Safari" in Whistler, BC
I learned all about the bears on a bear watching expedition with local expert/tour guide, Michael Allen a man who's devoted much of the last 20-odd years to studying bears and educating the public about them. Every day, from mid-May through mid-October he takes up to 7 tourists at a time around in his large 4X4 van on spotting safaris. (Tours are at 6am, noon and 6pm, though Michael himself will tell you that the 6pm expedition is usually the most fruitful, followed by the 6am one).
The safari isn't cheap at $189 per adult, $179 for seniors and those under 18. But since the money goes to support the vital work Allen is doing, I recommend it without hesitation. For full information, click here.
One suggestion: wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes as you'll be getting in and out of the van and walking to get better views of the bears at many points during the tour.
A final note: Apologies on the quality of some of these photos. I need a better telephoto lens!