- Opportunity to join one of the most unique grizzly bear viewing trips in the world
- Guided by professional filmmaker and bear expert Phil Timpany
- Exclusive group of just four travellers
- Incredible photographic and filming opportunities
- Discover raw Canadian wilderness
This group tour provides a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the world's only ice bear viewing. Deep in the Yukon Territory, two hours by helicopter, is the Fishing Branch River. This river has a constant upwelling of cold water allowing the river to flow year round, which in turn provides a late salmon run and keeps the bears feeding later in preparation for hibernation. Due to the extreme sub-zero temperatures, the water on their coats freezes while they fish, creating their frosted appearance.
Bear Cave Mountain Adventures Camp provides an unrivalled grizzly bear viewing experience. More than just sightings and observations guests can experience genuine wildlife encounters, fully immersed in a world dominated by grizzly bears. For eight days, co-exist with the grizzlies from morning until night. Explore this open air classroom that will hopefully not only educate but change perceptions of both bears and their habitat.
Accompanied by Phil Timpany, guests will be able to receive not only expert tuition on bears but also get some useful advice on filming and photography. A professional filmmaker, Phil is a truly passionate defender of bears. Together with the First Nation people of the region, he is committed to showing the value of protecting bears and their habitat.
Phil Timpany sums up his bear encounters over the last thirty years:
"To date I have spent more than 2,000 days with grizzly bears. It has been a privilege, a life lesson, and a humbling experience. I am deeply touched by their intelligence, physical power, forgiving nature and honesty“.
What is a typical day at Bear Cave Mountain?
All bear viewing is experienced from ground level. There are a number of designated sites, one just metres from camp, another five minutes walking. Each site is purposely chosen for optimum light and weather conditions for observation and photography. Each outing to view the bears usually lasts between two and four hours depending on the bear activity. The camp is within close proximity to most of the viewing sites so, during the winter season, viewing times are likely to be shorter before you may wish to return to camp to warm up.
How fit do I need to be?
You do not need to be particularly fit, but steady on uneven terrain. The viewing sites are not that far from camp, so you won’t need to walk far.
Do I need to be a keen photographer?
No, you don’t. This is a truly incredible wildlife experience that can be enjoyed to the full without a camera lens. However, for those that are keen, capturing the ice bears could be considered the holy grail of bear photography.
How close will I get to the bears?
Bear Cave Mountain Adventures has an extraordinary record for close encounters with bears. Phil Timpany has been observing grizzlies at Bear Cave Mountain since 1991 and over this period bears have become accustomed to the comings and goings at camp.
What is the accommodation like?
Bear Cave Mountain Adventures camp is a rustic set up but comfortable. The main lodge consists of a kitchen and dining room where chefs provide excellent meals three times a day. Each cabin, equipped with lighting, contains two single beds with duvets as well as a wood heater. There is also a hot shower facility. The only loo is an outhouse, but it has a warm Styrofoam seat for comfort!
Will I see any other wildlife?
The focus is really on the "ice grizzly bears" at this time of year. You might be lucky and see a wolf or wolverine, but this is rare.
How cold is it going to be?
Temperatures in the Yukon during the winter can drop to -30 / -35 degrees. So it is important you are prepared for this. Suitable jackets, insulated trousers, and boots will be provided by the camp, but please see our packing list for other items you should bring.
Is there Wi-Fi or mobile phone signal?
No. Bear Cave Mountain Adventures is two hours by helicopter from the nearest town. There is no mains electricity or communications except for a satellite phone.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.