• Bear Cave Mountain Camp, Phil Timpany, Canada

Itinerary Summary

12 Days
OCT 2022
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
12 Days £9995 OCT 2022 Canada Small Group Safari
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Ice Grizzlies of Bear Cave Mountain

This unique adventure brings you face to face with icicle-clad bears in a natural phenomenon found nowhere else on the planet!

The sub-Arctic region of the Yukon is an area of pristine wilderness which has to be seen to be believed. Bear Cave Mountain Camp is located deep within the Ni‘iinlii Njik Territorial Park & Wilderness Preserve along the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. From mid-September chum salmon make their way upriver to spawn. Thermal springs below the river allow the water to flow throughout the year without freezing. From early to mid-October winter conditions set in and the wet fur on hunting grizzlies freezes in the frosty atmosphere creating a natural event unseen anywhere else in the world. These are the Yukon’s ice bears! Experience this remote wilderness in basic, but extremely comfortable accommodation. With only four people allowed to visit at a time, it feels like you have the bears all to yourself. This really is a once in a lifetime experience!


What makes this trip extraordinary

  • On the ground encounters with the Yukon’s ice grizzlies.
  • Incredible photographic and videography opportunities.
  • Possible sightings of moose, wolves, caribou and even wolverines.
  • Experience first-hand a natural phenomenon found nowhere else in the world.

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A 12 day adventure into a sub-Arctic region of the Northern Yukon in search of ice grizzlies

from £9,995 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Whitehorse

Arrive into Whitehorse, The Yukon, where you are met on arrival and transfer to your centrally located hotel where you can relax after your long flight.

Day 2

Whitehorse – Dawson City

This morning you are transferred back to the airport for your flight to Dawson City, capital of the Klondike, The Yukon. The rest of the day is free to explore the enchanting town which was the former centre of the Klondike Gold Rush. Get yourself ready for your grizzly bear adventure!

Day 3

Dawson City – Bear Cave Mountain Camp

Today you are transferred to the helipad for your 2 hour flight to the northern Yukon. Your experience begins with some breath-taking aerial views of a pristine forested wilderness before arriving at Bear Cave Mountain Camp. After briefly settling in, you enjoy some lunch before heading out to catch your first glimpse of the grizzlies.

Overnight: Bear Cave Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Days 4-9

Dawson City – Bear Cave Mountain Camp

Spend the next 6 days watching and photographing the bears in their natural habitat. The bears are known by name to local bear expert Phil Timpany and are often found wandering close to the lodge. You will also head out into the wilderness for some true on-the-ground close encounters with these majestic creatures. On a typical day you might decide to start at the camp viewing site just 30 metres from the cabins, or sit on the deck waiting for your favourite bear to visit the camp and rub on a tree just a few metres from you. After lunch, you can walk along a trail with your guide to a site where the sun shines over your shoulder and glistens on the wet fur of the bears, or you might visit a site where wolves have recently been seen. Wherever you choose to go you will have great bear encounters with the possibility of seeing other wildlife such as moose, wolves and wolverine.

Overnight: Bear Cave Mountain Camp (B, L, D)

Day 10

Bear Cave Mountain Camp - Dawson City

Today you enjoy your final morning bear viewing and your last chance to get those perfect shots of your favourite bears. You will then fly back to Dawson City for a final night before your flight back to Whitehorse tomorrow. You may want to extend your stay in Dawson City, and take the opportunity to view the dancing displays of the northern lights, which can be spectacular in this part of the world.

Day 11

Dawson City – Whitehorse

After a relaxing morning exploring Dawson City you fly back to Whitehorse for a final night reminiscing about your grizzly bear encounters, before catching your international flight the following morning.

Day 12

Whitehorse - Depart

Today you are transferred back to the airport in time for your international flight home.



This safari is run on a set departure basis with a maximum of four guests at a time at Bear Cave Mountain Camp. Guests can experience these incredible bears from mid-September through to early November but ice bears are unlikely to be seen until early to mid-October. Please consult with a specialist for availability.



2019, 2020 and 2021 are all sold out for ice grizzly viewing dates, but there may be availability in 2019 and 2020 for regular bear viewing trips. Register now to be placed on the waitlist for the imminent release of the 2022 departures.

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