Warning — Bear Crossing

In the North Thompson Valley everyone has a few wild neighbours. But in Blue River, in the heart of a temperate inland rainforest, our wild neighbours are of the fur-covered, four-legged kind. Just off the Yellowhead Highway step out of your vehicle. River Safari will take you on a guided boat tour into the Canadian wilderness for bear viewing. The milky blue-green waters of Mud River carry you to the Mud Lake Delta, one of the richest habitats for black bears and Grizzly Bears in all of British Columbia.

Experience Wildlife Most People Only See On TV

Up-close and personal wildlife encounters are a fact of life in the North Thompson Valley. Thanks to abundant food sources and a temperate climate, a robust population of Black Bears and Grizzlies live wild just beyond the tree-line all throughout the valley. If you have your heart set on seeing these magnificent beasts lumbering through the forest then head to Blue River. While you’re there get a guided River Safari or Bear Habitat Jeep Tour. With experts to show you the way, and your camera by your side, chances are you’ll see things most people only see on TV. Get ready for a one of a kind adventure in bear viewing!

Close Encounters of the Natural Kind

You’ll feel dwarfed by the Monashee Mountains as they rise up all around you and stretch toward the sky. Relax, feel the sun kiss your face as you breathe in. Keep your eyes open as you ripple along. Just beyond the whispering pines, bruins are roaming free. Set your camera on auto as you become a wildlife photographer during a guided River Safari.

Travel with river guides as you zig and zag along the shoreline in an environmentally friendly hydrogen fueled jet boat. Keep watching, the bears love this shoreline. The ecosystem here is diverse. A mixture of temperate rainforest, mild weather and plump, and ripe wild berries keep the bears coming back for more. Prepare to witness their striking beauty at any moment. When you first lay eyes on them you can feel your heart pounding. Watch as they graze on grasses, clamber along rocks, and swim through the waterway. (Continued below photo)

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Bald Eagle - bear viewing toursWildlife on the Water – More than Bear Viewing

The River Safari is your window into the where the wild things are, and half the fun is the anticipation of what’s waiting just out of view. How many animals can you spy? Look out for moose foraging and bumbling along the marshy shores, coy deer wandering and peeking quietly through the trees. Watch trout swim beneath your boat and if you look up, look waaaayy up — eagles and osprey are often sighted soaring through the sky or perched on a nest, fishing for their dinner. This is untamed Canada and you get a front row seat to its natural wonders.

This is how we Roll — Experience Bear Habitat on a Jeep Tour

If you haven’t had enough of the bear experience, sign up for the Jeep Safari, where you’ll wheel right into bear country. Manoeuvre off-road, bumping and bouncing into the rainforest in a 4X4 jeep for an intimate look at these great beasts’ home, learning about bear habitat and behaviours along the way. Climb forest service and backcountry roads stopping long enough to listen to the wind, pick and taste the local berries the bears are so fond of, and drink in sweeping valley views splayed beneath you. This is where the wild things are.

Hungry as a Bear? Get Your Fill at the Forest Table Restaurant

The bears come for the wild berries, but you can leave room before or after your tour to enjoy a lunch at the Forest Table Restaurant, River Safari’s dockside dining room. Sample local ingredients — salmon, wild greens and of course those berries the bears find so tempting.