Trip Safety

Bear Safety

Grizzly BearsBlack bears are found in 12 of Canada's provinces and territories, while grizzly bears are located in western provinces and northern territories. Though these areas are natural bear habitat, increasing human development and access pose a serious threat. We must respect the fact that the wilderness is home to bears, and as visitors we must do our part to help conserve bears and their environment.

In the know…

  • Learn everything you can about bears before venturing into their habitat.
  • Check for reported bear activity where you’re headed. Park wardens, wildlife officers, and even signs posted at the trail head can be of help.
  • Be alert and pay attention for bears and signs of bear activity.
  • Alert potential bears to your presence by singing or talking calmly and loudly.
The Right Gear
  • Roomy backpack that can shift up to cover your head and neck.
  • Binoculars to spot bears at a safe distance.
  • Bear spray or another deterrent such as bear bangers, flares, siren, fog/signal horn. Know how to use them.
  • Bear-resistant food canister.

Cool, calm, collected…

  • If you see a bear in the distance, steer clear. Don't approach for a photo or a closer look.
  • NEVER feed a bear either intentionally or by mistake. Pack out what you pack in.
  • If you have a close encounter, remain still and stay clam. Do not run - attacks are rare. Have your deterrent at the ready, slowly increase your distance from the bear and move out of the area.

Enjoy Canada’s vast wilderness and make your bear encounters positive ones. Learn as much as you can about bear behavior, and act responsibly while sharing their natural habitat.

Photo: Tourism BC/Toshi Kawano (banner);
Government of Yukon/Martin Haeussermann (grizzly);
Environment Yukon/Brian Smart (black bear)

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