September – November

11 DAYS

YUKON

CANADA

STARTING AT

$15,930

This exclusive ice bear viewing tour is located at the heart of the Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) reserve in northern Yukon.

This exclusive bear viewing tour was made possible through a partnership with the Gwitchin Vuntut First Nation, manager of a unique, environmentally responsible campground (Bear Cave Mountain) located at the heart of the Ni’iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) reserve between Dawson City and Old Crow in northern Yukon.

The Gwitchin Vuntut First Nation lays claim to this unique natural reserve known as Ni’iinlii Njik, which means “where the fish spawn”. Within this environmentally friendly reserve flows the Fishing Branch River carrying warm currents from underground layers rich in thermal energy. The high temperature prevents the formation of permafrost, helps maintain a temperate forest microclimate, creates unique limestone caves and serves as a habitat for the salmon. At the first winter snowfalls, these hot springs enable the Fishing Branch River to maintain a temperature conducive to a late run of salmon, thus giving the grizzlies a last feast before their winter hibernation.

From mid-September to early October, gigantic male moose often frequent the river looking for a female. With a little luck, you’ll be able to observe bears and moose together and find out which of the two is really “king of the forest”.

From mid-October onwards, it’s “ frosty grizzly bear time”, a phenomenon unique to Bear Cave Mountain; the more the temperature falls, the more ice forms on the bears’ coats. It’s one of the most unusual and awesome phenomena you will ever see!

Bear Cave Mountain

After a two hour helicopter flight, we arrive at the Bear Cave Mountain campground where we will have total exclusivity! We (our group of four people max.) will have the camp and an immense subarctic wilderness all to ourselves. From the time you wake up in the morning until you put your head back on the pillow at night, you’ll be living among grizzly bears. We will be mentored by expert Bear Cave Mountain guides familiar with grizzly behaviour who will devote themselves to ensuring we have a safe viewing experience of the bears.

Interested in the Northern Lights as well? On cloudless nights, you will be in the ideal place to relish the spectacle of Aurora borealis dancing in the Far North sky.

Details

2020

September 14 to 24, 202011 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 21 to 31, 202011 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 28 to October 8, 202011 days2 seats$13,500 $ (+ 5% GST)
October 5 to 15, 202011 dayssold out-
October 12 to 22, 202011 dayssold out-
October 19 to 29, 202011 dayssold out-
October 26 to November 8, 202014 dayssold out-

2021

September 13 to 23, 202111 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 20 to 30, 202111 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 27 to October 7, 202111 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
October 4 to 14, 202111 days2 seats$13,500 $ (+ 5% GST)
October 11 to 21, 202111 dayssold out-
October 18 to 28, 202111 dayssold out-
October 25 to November 4, 202111 dayssold out-

2022

September 13 to 23, 202211 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 20 to 30, 202211 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 27 to October 7, 202211 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
October 4 to 14, 202211 days3 seats$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
October 11 to 21, 202211 dayssold out-
October 18 to 28, 202211 dayssold out-
October 25 to November 4, 202211 dayssold out-

2023

September 13 to 23, 202311 days3 places$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 20 to 30, 202311 days3 places$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
September 27 to October 7, 202311 days3 places$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
October 4 to 14, 202311 days3 places$15,950 (+ 5% GST)
October 11 to 21, 202311 dayssold out-
October 18 to 28, 202311 dayssold out-
October 25 to November 4, 202311 dayssold out-

Please contact us for more details on future dates.

All tour prices are per person based on double occupancy and quoted in Canadian dollars.
  • Professional bear and wilderness guide
  • Transportation to the campground by helicopter from Dawson City
  • All accommodations in double occupancy
  • All meals during the stay at the camp, including non-alcoholic beverages and beer/wine at evening meals
  • Shooting tips on the location and Adobe Lightroom image editing
  • International flights and airport taxes to Whitehorse
  • The domestic flight to Dawson City (Day 2)
  • Meals marked “free’ in the itinerary
  • Shooting tips on the location and Lightroom image processing
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Visas for Canada

Average temperatures

September to mid-October: 0°C to +16°C daytime

Mid-October to November: -10°C to -35°C daytime

Day light hours

September to mid-October: 11 hours

Mid-October to November: 9 hours

EASY

To take part you should be able to walk on groomed trails and some uneven ground to our viewing sites. Trails become snow covered with some slippery sections during October through November (40 to 400 meters away from camp). Due to the closeness of our viewing sites and the excellent viewing opportunities from the deck of our lodge, the physical fitness level required for your wildlife adventure is basic. If you have any mobility issues, please contact us to discuss.

Departure and Return Points

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport

Bear Cave Mountain
Bear Cave Mountain

Itinerary*

Whitehorse

Welcome at the airport in Whitehorse, capital of Yukon Territory and transportation to your hotel downtown. The rest of the day is yours to do as you like. – relax at the hotel to rest after your flight, get over jet lag or go out and visit the City of Whitehorse, We have a program to offer you according to your areas of interest: museums, shopping or first sightings of bald eagles!


Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Whitehorse – Dawson City

Flight to Dawson City in the morning; about one hour travel time. We spend the day in this little town, cradle of the Klondike Gold Rush. Discovery of this absolutely unique, eclectic, history-filled city that will leave a lasting impression on you!

Free breakfast, lunch and dinner / Night at the hotel

Dawson City – Bear Cave Mountain

Helicopter transportation to the Bear Cave Mountain campground; about a two-hour flight. Almost directly, you will see your first bears along the river bank.

Free breakfast / Lunch and dinner at the camp

Bear Cave Mountain

Each day will bring its share of adventures watching the grizzly bears fishing in the river. Occasionally, you will be able to observe other animals, such as moose, caribou, martens, wolves and, with luck, perhaps even a wolverine.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp

Bear Cave Mountain – Dawson City

Return helicopter flight to Dawson City in the afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

Breakfast and lunch at the camp / Free dinner / Night at the hotel

Dawson City – Whitehorse

Return flight to Whitehorse; you will have the rest of the day free. We will devise a personalized program on request (cultural tours, souvenir shopping, etc.) depending on the time of your return flight. Transportation to the airport.

Free breakfast and lunch

*Example 11 Nights Package