The Snow Bears of Yukon

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Price: CAD$ 17,897
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • All transactions are in Canadian dollars. 5% GST will be added.
  • The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.
  • Due to the great demand, and the small scale of the viewing location, this trip sells out often a year in advance
12 Days / 11 Nights
Departure Dates:
  • Confirmed
    SBY 01/2017
    Sep 19 2017 to Oct 30 2017
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View Summary
Grizzly Bear viewing with Nature Tours of Yukon

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Whitehorse, overnight in a hotel close to the airport.

Day 2
Return to the airport in the morning for your flight to Dawson City. Transfer to a hotel in the town. The rest of the day is free to explore in the gold rush town of Dawson City, with a chance to visit some of its attractions.

Day 3
Transfer to the nearby helipad for the two-hour flight by chartered helicopter across the wilderness of northern Yukon. Arrive at Bear Cave Mountain, where the steaming Fishing Branch River runs through dense forest. Settle in to your rustic cabin before heading out for your first sight of the area’s bears.Over the next six days you have ample opportunity to watch and photograph the bears of Bear Cave Mountain in this unique and remarkable setting, in the company of your knowledgeable and experienced guide.

Day 4-9
The Bear Cave Mountain project was conceived by naturalist and wildlife photographer Phil Tympany in partnership with the Vuntut First Nations people. In this pristine wilderness he has created the simple but comfortable lodge, where only five people are allowed at any one time – Phil and four guests. Accompanied by his ‘bear dog' – a Norwegian elkhound called Smokey – Phil guides, organises, cooks, cleans and creates a truly remarkable experience.

In recognition that this is the bears’ territory, Phil lets them come as close as they want, and they set the agenda. They are often seen just outside the kitchen, sleeping next to the deck, or walking up the walkway into camp – and it is this mutual understanding between man and bear that makes Bear Cave Mountain such a special place.

Day 10
After a final morning in camp, you return to civilisation by helicopter. Overnight in Dawson City

Day 11
The morning free time in Dawson City. You then head to the airport for the flight south to Whitehorse. Overnight in Whitehorse.

Day 12
Transfer to Whitehorse airport

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Trip Includes

  • Airport transfers Whitehorse and Dawson
  • Scheduled flights return Whitehorse - Dawson city
  • Charted helicopter flights return Dawson City – Bear cave Mountain
  • Accommodation Whitehorse
  • Accommodation Dawson City
  • Accommodation and meals at lodge
  • Experienced bear viewing guide and bear encounter expert at lodge

Trip Excludes

  • Meals and beverages other then stated. 
  • Trip cancelation & medical insurance: We strongly recommend you purchase adequate insurance coverage at the time of booking. Your policy should cover injury, illness or death, trip cancelation, emergency medical, search & rescue, flight accident, travel accident, loss of baggage and personal effects.

Trip Notes

  • Availability
    The camp is only open for a 6-week period each year from mid-September to end of October.
    Due to the great demand on for this trip and the small scale of the viewing location, (it can only accommodate 4 guests at the time), we advise to book this trip a year or more in advance.
    The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability
  • Lodge / Base camp:
    The footprint of the camp is small and the infrastructure is compact.
    The lodge consists of four separate timber cabins.
    cabin 1: communal kitchen-dining room, large enough to comfortably hold a group of four people plus guide; it also has a heated shower room.
    cabin 2 &3: with individual beds provide accommodation for four guests, and are fully equipped with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows.
    cabin 4: houses the guide and a store of survival equipment, as well as a bear-proof cache for food.
    Toilet facilities consist of an outhouse with a long-drop toilet that is cleaned and limed daily; there is no running water other than the hot shower and hot water for washing dishes.
  • Grizzly Bear viewing:
    Your safety and the safety of the grizzly bears are of the utmost importance to us.Four designated viewing sites offer opportunities for visitors to watch the grizzlies go about their business catching and eating chum salmon. A rare opportunity to witness the behaviour of this amazing animal in its natural habitat up close and personal.
  • Your guide at Bear Cave Mountain:
    Phil Timpany is a highly trained, professional wilderness guide and has expert knowledge in grizzly bear behaviour. Due to Phil’s longstanding experience with grizzly bears, he has developed an intimate relationship with many of these animals over the past decades.