Our Top 5 Safari Locations to see Grizzly Bears

Mike Gurrey

21 Jul 2017

locating the grizzlies

With the BBC airing the first episode of Alaska Live this weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to run though our top 5 best places in North America to find the mighty grizzly bear!

From heading out on a small ship cruise to a remote lodge in the wilderness, or spending time watching the stunning Salmon Run, there are endless possibilities to see these majestic Bears.

1. Katmai National Park

If you want to see grizzly bears in the wild, Katmai National Park is one of the best places in the world to see them. If watching bears eating and playing in their natural environment is on your bucket list, this has to be the place in the world to tick it off!

We love Brooks Falls and it's where bears mass for the salmon run. A platform stretches out above the bears, allowing for close-up views with minimal disturbance to the bears. This incredible accomodation is available on our Ultimate Alaska Safari.

On our Ultimate Alaska Safari you spend 2 nights at Brooks Falls Lodge experiencing this stunning sight that is a truly special experience.

2. Kodiak National Park

Of all the bears in North America, none are as extraordinary as those in Kodiak. The bears of Kodiak are larger than any other brown bear or grizzly! In fact, they’re similar in size to the polar bear!  Kodiak now has nearly 3,000 grizzlies and by exploring on a small ship cruise you enable unique encounters with them, along with a chance to enjoy this tranquil landscape.

You can experience these amazing bears in a very special way - on a small ship cruise on the aptly named Grizzly Cruiser  Our 8 day Kodiak Bear Tour takes in Kodiak & Katmai National Parks and, with only 4 cabins on the ship, it really is a very intimate once in a lifetime trip!

3. Wrangell St Elias National Park

Do you prefer adventures that are off the beaten track? Do you seek remote landscapes that are 100 miles from the nearest road?

Ultima Thule Lodge is located a in the remote wilderness and accessed from a small private plane, a truly secluded spot from where to view Bears.

On our Wrangell St Elias Safari you have 5 days exploring in search of bears, moose and wolves, to name but a few! This is a truly special place to witness bears and the adventure is as it should be - it may just be the most amazing place you ever visit.

4. Knight Inlet

This remote inlet is home to a huge amount of grizzly bears and is one of the top places in British Columbia for spotting them.  It’s not unusual to view 10 bears or more on a single safari, a truly exhilarating experience. You can see the grizzles in the grassland or by the water and, in the late season, you can experience the amazing spectacle that is the Salmon Run.

The beautiful Knight Inlet Lodge is a floating lodge with the most spectacular of settings. Our Grizzly Bears & Whales Self Drive Safari gives you 3 nights to spend there and explore the spectacular wildlife and sights.

5. Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest, located in British Columbia, is sheltered between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains and is home to grizzly, black and the fabled spirit bear.  A remote landscape that has allowed in to stay untouched from mass tourism is home to a handful of stunning lodges. At Spirit Bear Lodge, you can go in search of all 3 types of bears in their natural home, one of the only places in the world where this is possible.

The lodge itself is run by the local communities, making it even more special and meaning you can immerse yourself in local history and culture along the way.

On our Grizzlies, Spirit Bears & The Great Bear Rainforest Safari you can enjoy 2 different bear lodges going in search of grizzles and, if you get lucky, you might find the legendary spirit bear!


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