This exclusive bear watching 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!
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.
Themes : grizzly bear, bald eagle, moose, grey wolf, northern lights (aurora borealis)
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
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
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
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
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
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
|September 28 to October 8, 2019||11 days||3 seats||$CA 15,450 (+ 5% GST)|
|September 21 to 31, 2020||11 days||3 seats||$CA 15,930 (+ 5% TPS)|
|October 4 to 14, 2021||11 days||3 seats||$CA 15,930 (+ 5% TPS)|
|October 4 to 14, 2022||11 days||3 seats||$CA 15,930 (+ 5% TPS)|