Explore the Khutzeymateen
Explore the Bears of the Khutzeymateen and see them in their natural environment. Canada's Grizzly Bears are some of the most beautiful animals in the world.
Exploring these Bears in one of few places in the World you can encounter them so close was an absolute privilege. The Khutzeymateen bear sanctuary is home to over 50 bears, all protected and in their natural environment as it should be all over the world.
I spent 4 days in this incredible place. We arrived by Floatplane, landing right into the estuary only within 200 metres from our first grizzly sighting. We headed straight there to grab some images before settling in.
Day 1 was an extreme success, spotting 2 Sisters around 7 years old. They are extremely calm around people, and we were able to get very close to them. We spent a fair amount of time with these two, and watched 1 swim around 20 metres between land. As well as these two beautiful bears, we spent some time with a mum & cub, who we would eventually see every day of the tour, and a few younger bears to top it off.
Day 2 began perfectly, with great overcast conditions. This soon turned into miserable rainy weather, however were still able to get some great shots of the mum & cub who swam short distances and made their way through the sedge grass. We didn't stay out too long, and with the changing tide made our way back to our accommodation for some coffee and lunch!
The rest of this day was spent on the boat relaxing and learning before the next day where we would see a whole bunch of bears! We firstly spent about an hour with a young 4 year old Bear, as he crossed the estuary, about 1km in length. He walked along the waters edge for some time before heading into the bush for a nap. We moved on and came across the mum & cub from previous days, as well as 3 other large bears throughout the rest of the day.
Our time, summed up, was quite incredible, getting just a few metres from the bears on a few occasions. Some were placid, while others were timid. Overall, an incredible experience in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. See the images and film below.