During the spring, the bears make their way to freshwater estuaries to graze on Lyngbye’s sedge. The new green shoots are high in protein and a staple of the grizzly bear’s diet. Spring is also mating season as the inlet comes alive with adult males roaming in search of mates. In the late spring and early summer, mothers with cubs often appear - wary of other bears, they will often wait to visit the rich estuaries until after the mating season to avoid confrontations and to protect their young.
Seasonally, the bear viewing changes based on the available food sources for the bears. At the end of July, the Lyngbye’s sedge starts to dry out and becomes less palatable for the bears. There tend to be fewer bears to view in this time as they move on to other food sources out of view, such as berries in the subalpine. In the summer months, we add humpback whale viewing to our tours as they congregate nearby to feed, including the unique practice of “bubble net feeding” where the whales blow bubbles and surface together vertically.
In the late summer and fall the local creeks and rivers are alive with spawning salmon. Five species of salmon return to the Khutzeymateen River. Pink salmon flood the creeks and rivers, becoming a summer/fall staple for grizzly bears.
Viewing opportunities are excellent throughout May to October. While there is no guarantee the bears will appear, the probability of viewing these amazing creatures is very high. The Khutzeymateen is world renowned for the predictability of viewing grizzly bears in a true wilderness environment.