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GRIZZLY BEAR INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Meet Boo the Bear

Grizzly Bear Refuge

One thing that sets Kicking Horse Mountain Resort apart from all other ski resorts is the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. The 20-acre area is the home of our resident grizzly bear, Boo. Boo hunts, plays, forages and explores within this natural mountainside habitat just like his wild cousins.

The interpretive centre is open daily during the summer and provides guests with the opportunity to observe an adult grizzly bear going about his daily routine. Everyone who comes to visit Boo is fascinated by his strength, agility, intelligence, and personality.

If you don’t see Boo during your initial visit, you can return for another FREE* tour. All of our visitors agree that sighting Boo the Grizzly Bear in his natural habitat is a truly unique experience and one they will never forget!

2021 GRIZZLY BEAR REFUGE RATES

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 face masks are recommended while loading and unloading the chairlift. Visitors must also practice physical distancing while at the refuge.

 
  Adult
(18+)
Youth
(13-17)
Child Senior (65+) Family*
Bear Refuge $33.95 $28.95 $16.95 $28.95 $78.95
Ranger Assist Program $70.95  $59.95 $34.95 $59.95 $164.95**
Adventure Pass | Sightseeing & Grizzly Bear Refuge $50.95 $42.95 $24.95 $42.95 $118.95
Adventure Skylunch (incl Adventure Pass and Skylunch at Eagle's Eye Restaurant) $82.95 $70.95 $40.95 $70.95 N/A

*Maximum of 6 (2 adults and up to 4 children or youth)

**Maximum of 4 (2 adults and up to 2 children or youth)

INTERPRETIVE TOURS

Public education about grizzly bears is the primary mission of the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge. Interpretive tours are conducted by knowledgeable guides and focus on grizzly bear behaviour and natural history.

As a blue-listed species, grizzly bears are sensitive to human activity and threatened by habitat loss and other factors. By observing Boo in his natural habitat, guests have the opportunity to see firsthand how beautiful and majestic grizzly bears really are. Raising awareness of these secretive and noble creatures helps to improve the plight of this embattled species.

Interpretive tours are held every hour on the hour, Monday through Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm. There is no tour at 1 pm because Boo is often out of sight, napping through the mid-day heat. Grizzly bears are more active during the cooler morning hours. For that reason, the 10 am tour is highly recommended, providing a greater likelihood of seeing Boo active and up close. When he’s awake, Boo is rarely out of sight for more than a few minutes at a time, and your patience will be rewarded once he reappears.

Tours follow where Boo goes, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget your camera, bug spray, and a light parka since mountain weather can change quickly. To avoid tempting Boo, please do not bring food during your visit. With his keen sense of smell, you might get more attention than you’d like. The interpretive tours do not follow a script, and each one is unique depending upon Boo’s activity.

RANGER ASSIST PROGRAM

Go behind the scenes during this two-hour adventure and get an incredible close-up of Boo.

The Ranger Assist Program (RAP) is a unique experience offered to those who wish to have a more personal encounter with Boo and for bear enthusiasts alike.  Our Ranger Assist Program has a maximum of 4 individuals and is offered as morning tours at 9:00 am and afternoon tours at 3:00 pm MST.

Morning Tours have exclusive early access to meet Boo and Ranger, team. The Rangers will pick up the guests from the Day Lodge after getting tickets from Guest Services. Using our service road, you will arrive at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge, where you will be given a behind the scenes perspective of GBR operations.

Guests get to have a personalized experience with Rangers and Boo and observe the various methods used to enrich Boo's life. The first public tour of the Day will begin at 10:00 am; however, guests apart of the RAP program are encouraged to continue observing Boo, join in with the public tour, and view the Interpretive Yurt. Upon departure, guests will then use the Catamount Chair to download back to the base; however, their ticket will give them unlimited access to the Grizzly Bear Refuge throughout the Day.

During the afternoon RAP tour, guests will arrive at the Grizzly Bear Refuge for the Day's final tour at 3:00 pm by uploading on the Catamount Chair. The RAP guests will remain at the refuge with the Ranger for the final hour of their program.  Guests will have the opportunity to observe closing procedures, assist with behavioural and environmental enrichment protocols and closing duties. Upon departure, guests will be driven down the Service road by the Ranger and brought back to the Day Lodge.

Don't forget to dress appropriately for changing mountain weather conditions; bring bug spray, water, and sunscreen.

See our complete summer pricing list HERE.

Ranger Assist tours are limited to four guests and must be booked at least one day in advance. Call 1.866.SKI.KICK (754-5425) or visit Guest Services in the Day Lodge to make a reservation.

 

Check out Boo's Instagram @khgrizzlybearrefuge. Link below!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Eligibility upon participation in a full tour (starting every hour on the hour, except at 1 pm).
  • Guests to be qualified by refuge guides.
  • Grizzly Bear Refuge voucher to be allocated by refuge guides and redeemed at Guest Services within summer operating dates. No cash value. No refund. The voucher is valid for Grizzly Bear Refuge products only and not transferable.
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