Best time to go grizzly bear watching in Canada
There are three seasons for seeing grizzly and other bears in Canada. In spring, late April or May, they come out of hibernation and down to lower ground, usually grasslands, to feed and mate. This makes for great viewing from, for example, a boat where you are safely but happily glued to your binoculars. Summer is also good, but sightings are fewer, as the bears head to the hills to cool down from around June, and in many cases, to avoid people. However, you can combine it with some whale watching in British Columbia from late July, through August and September.
The autumn months, which start around late August in Canada are one of the best times to go grizzly bear watching, however, as it is the beginning of the salmon migratory season as they head upstream from coastal estuaries to spawn. And, consequently, out come the bears in their droves, during September, October and sometimes as late as November to catch them and feast before they go into hibernation. This is one of nature’s most exciting sights to behold. And exhausting, because they then go into hibernation during December, January, February and March.