Grizzly Bear Refuge
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is home to the world’s largest enclosed and protected grizzly bear habitat. This is where resident orphan grizzly bear Boo lives and plays. Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to view a grizzly bear interacting much as they do in the wild; foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, snoozing and exploring. Starting at 10am tours are held every hour on the hour throughout the summer season. These tours are educational and interactive, allowing guests a unique opportunity to view this incredible mammal and learn about the plight of this blue listed species. The Refuge is accessible by a 15 minute scenic chairlift ride, followed by a short stroll to the Interpretive Center. The Refuge is open daily and guests are welcome to stay as long as they wish. For our complete 2013 summer pricing CLICK HERE.
Grizzly Bear Refuge interpretive tours run every hour on the hour 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm (no tour at 1pm) during the summer operating season. Grizzly bears are more active during the cooler temperatures on a hot summer day such as morning or late afternoon, for that reason we recommend attending the 10am tour for your best chance to see an active Boo. A bears thick coat make mid day temperatures ‘unbearable’. Remember to bring walking shoes, a camera, a light jacket as mountain weather can change within minutes, bug spray, and please to leave all food at the interpretive center to avoid tempting Boo with pungent food smells.
Continued for 2013 is the exceptional Ranger Assistant Program (RAP) where we offer guests a unique, up close and personal look at the Grizzly Bear Refuge and its operation. You will meet a Refuge staff where you will enjoy a private experience at the Refuge while assisting the ranger with their duties. During the 2 hour adventure, participants will have the opportunity to walk the perimeter, aid in the spreading of Boo’s supplements throughout the habitat, have a private one on one conversation with the guide, enjoy uninterrupted viewing of the refuge and take part of an interpretive talk. This is truly a unique experience not to be missed by any bear enthusiast, or someone hoping to increase their knowledge of bear biology and behavior! The program starts at 9am, has a maximum of 5 guests and must be booked in advance. Call 1.866.SKI.KICK (754.5425), or head into Guest Services in the Day Lodge.
|Ranger Assist Program|
|2013 Summer Season||
|Family Pass (5 max)||
|Adult (18 – 64)||
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