Rocky Mountain Bears

Our attempts to witness wild bears fishing for salmon in Alaska met with limited success (see my post Close Encounter With An Alaskan Bear). Fortunately, we had much more luck (and purely by chance) during our visit to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta the following year.

Our first encounter with a black bear was on the highway just south of Whistler, BC, on the way back from the hike at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park I wrote about a couple of months ago.

IMG_8282The next day we were out for another hike near Whistler, this time at Basalt Valley. That day we ended up having to divert into the woods no less than three times to avoid black bears feeding on the forest service road we were trying to use as a shortcut back to our car!

IMG_8413On our final day in Whistler, we decided to take the chairlift up to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. And what should we see at one of the stops?…

IMG_8490After leaving Whistler, we crossed the mountains on the Trans-Canada Highway. Just after Glacier National Park, we saw this little black bear cub alone by the side of the road. It was an exciting but sad encounter… To this day I hope he found his mother!

IMG_8683IMG_8686That evening, just north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, we had our only run-in to date with grizzly bears. Until that moment I’d always joked about not knowing the difference between black bears and grizzlies. But after seeing this pair of marvellous monsters with their whopping big claws, everything suddenly became perfectly clear to me!

IMG_8706IMG_8708IMG_8703IMG_8710Our last sighting of a bear on that trip (and possibly since) was again of a black bear. This time it took place just outside the wonderfully-named town of Jasper (shame they spelled it wrong!), in Jasper National Park.

IMG_8869I have to confess I cheated a bit on Tuesday, by purposefully misinterpreting this week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells. The word in question is ‘Bear’, which I deliberately misread as ‘Bare’. This post aims to make up for my bad behaviour!

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9 Responses to Rocky Mountain Bears

  1. travtrails says:

    Your are lucky..Even after four summer trips to the Rockies, Banff, Jasper National Parks, there was no sign of these furry creatures

  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    The first bear I ever saw was from the chairlift at Blackcomb! That must be 20 years ago now. We’ve also seen several black bears in Shenandoah, but have never seen a grizzly. I’m quite glad. Your pictures are great – so close. And I’m worrying about the baby bear now too…..

    • Jaspa says:

      I cross my fingers that they were fine and are wandering around the forests and mountains of British Columbia today, Anabel. He/she certainly was a cutie!

  3. Wonderful photos…They are such amazing creatures, and so awesome when you see them in the wild.

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  5. Great shots. The bears are gorgeous.

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