As most of you know, San and me usually go hiking on weekends and yesterday our goal was a trail we've never been before, High Falls Creek near Squamish. The weather forecast was predicting a nice and sunny day, with a little clouds and temperatures up to 20C.

Well, weather seems not to see that web site πŸ˜›

Tantalus Range
This trail is strenuous, especially at the beginning, and not recommended for rainy days. There was a warning on its web site about records of people loosing their lives, so we decided to change plan and leave it for couple of weeks.

Instead, we decided to spend a day in Squamish and Whistler area, walking around few lakes and go to places we went a year ago. Well, the weather was the same like in June 2012.

First we went to Alice and Cat lakes, few kilometers between them but nothing really interesting there.

Cat Lake
With easy access, Alice lake is very popular among families with kids while the Cat Lake is visited by party youngsters :drunk: – all of it the reasons why we will never go there camping πŸ˜› But on Cat Lake we saw a lot of food caches (for those of you who doesn't know, food cache is saving both you and your food from bears) and this is what gave me the idea. I remember last year, when we went to Whistler in June, there were a lot of traces of bears in the area, especially in Callaghan Valley. So I said to San it might be a good idea to check it again, the weather was perfect (rainy, therefore no too many people outside) and we might actually see them.

It took us about half an hour to get there and after less than ten minutes of slow driving we saw a bear.

This one was about 10-12m from us, paying no attention at all (of course, we stayed in car :left: ). As I said on FB, it is nice to see it having its natural diet and not hanging on garbage. Whistler Village is close and we saw some bears in its neighbourhood in a broad day light. After spending some time making photos and a video we decided to go further, into some logging roads but with not much success.

On a way back, just beside the road, we saw another one πŸ˜€

Slightly bigger than the previous one, this bear was not too tolerant to human presence and disappeared in bush in about half of a minute after we stopped. I made only three photos :left:

A kilometer later we saw a coyote running across the road and even though it stopped to look at us, it ran away the moment I raised my camera :awww: It was a big coyote, though.

We had a lunch at the banks of Alpha lake in Whistler Village where we saw this cute appearing πŸ˜€

more photos here;

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44 Responses to Bears

  1. chthoniid says:

    Very cool seeing bears in the wild like that.

  2. gdare says:

    We've seen them last year as well, in the same area, but there was no chance to make a decent photo πŸ™‚

  3. derWandersmann says:

    Nice shots … glad you got what you did of the blackie.

  4. gdare says:

    Thanks πŸ˜€

  5. qlue says:

    This reminds me of the Bioplus advert:"I don't have to outrun no bear Clarence, I just gotta outrun you!" :p

  6. Stardancer says:

    The black bear is gorgeous. Very sweet family of swimmers, too.:D:up:

  7. Aqualion says:

    Nice pictures. With your new camera device?Are you sure they are real bears, and not… something else?

  8. SittingFox says:

    Bears…I want to go bear-watching again :cry:How lovely. The cinnamon in the first picture is a good colour, and the other one is quite solid. I really like that photo of the mountain as well – moody, after the tradition of such peaks.

  9. gdare says:

    Aadil, when they asked a famous hunter what is the best to do when meeting a grizzly bear, he said: "To be faster than the other guy!" :PStar, when I saw them swimming on that lake I couldn't resist, they looked so cute :DMartin, we live in British Columbia, not Sakatchewan πŸ˜€ And yes, I made the photos with my new camera :happy:Adele, after otter and two bears I think now it's time for something… bigger :eyes: I hope my next photo session will be successful like the previous one πŸ˜‰

  10. volkuro says:

    Nice post. Lucky you :)Believe it or not it's the first time I see what baby Canadian goose looks like! :eyes:

  11. Words says:

    Wonderful sighting!

  12. gdare says:

    Louis, they look a bit odd, eh? πŸ˜€ Thanks :cheers:Words, yes we were lucky this time. Last year we've seen 3 bears in wild and two grizzlies in sanctuary but no real opportunity for a nice photograph :happy:

  13. Spaggyj says:

    Whoa, proper wild bears! I must have missed this all on Facebook… I'll return when I'm at the computer again.

  14. gdare says:

    Yes, proper ones :)And today, we are going to see some other amazing local animals ;)As an intro: us luck :cheers:

  15. raniakasim says:

    one i watched "60deadly " on BBC, a part of the show was about black bear ,I saw black bears within the city , feeding on waste, which Forced the municipality to made ​​special rubbish bins so that the bears can not open it .

  16. gdare says:

    It is the same here, Rania. Some of the trash bins can't be opened even by bears. But some of then are not that good. Also, bears have found a way to go to local collecting trash sites, even to climb on the garbage trucks :left: And if they can't be relocated, they must be killed :awww:

  17. derWandersmann says:

    Yeah. I hate that. The bear is my guiding spirit, as you can see by my avatar. I try to protect them as much as I can.

  18. Spaggyj says:

    Ah, a lovely album. Can't wait for the whales now πŸ˜€

  19. derWandersmann says:

    Bears are like us … they'll eat anything.

  20. saritasaralsingh says:

    Those bears are vegetarian or non-veg?? πŸ™‚

  21. gdare says:

    dW, :cheers:Kimmie, today :DSarita, with bears everything is about eating… most of the time πŸ˜€ The ones we met were eating some kind of grass and roots but they will eat salmon, insects, fruits, nuts… you name it πŸ™‚

  22. derWandersmann says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Sarita, with bears everything is about eating… most of the time The ones we met were eating some kind of grass and roots but they will eat salmon, insects, fruits, nuts… you name it

    Even us, given the chance.

  23. qlue says:

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    Bears are like us … they'll eat anything.

    Especially if it's either sweet or meat! :p

  24. gdare says:

    :lol:But extremely rare and in unusual conditions πŸ˜€

  25. derWandersmann says:

    Not too rare … in the big North, grizzlies will run toward a rifle shot, figuring to get the game, the hunter, or both.

  26. gdare says:

    I am not talking about attacks; it happens especially if bear thinks you are about to take his food. But they will rarely eat humans, especially grizzlies :left:

  27. raniakasim says:

    Originally posted by gdare: us luck

    "transient killer whales"what unexpected surprise ?,thanks God there was no one swimming

  28. gdare says:

    Rania, they are called killer whales but they are not after people, at all. Their diet consist mostly of seals and porpoises :up: I don't like that name at all :left:

  29. derWandersmann says:

    Being the sort of carnivore they are, and in the environment they're in, they don't find us very appealing … we aren't fat enough for them. They need lots of fat in their diet to keep them going in such a cold, conductive environment.

  30. raniakasim says:

    I think i am going to your next post Orcas to konw more about them .

  31. gdare says:


  32. Dacotah says:

    Great photos, short video but a nice one. I find the view alone of the two lakes interesting. πŸ˜€

  33. MirabelaTM says:

    Nice pictures Darko πŸ™‚ I never seen bears in nature.

  34. gdare says:

    Carol, thanks πŸ˜€ It is always interesting how calm lakes look sometimes, even when they are very busy :left:Mira, me neither until I came to Canada :up:

  35. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. Yes it is interesting how water ways do that. πŸ˜€

  36. Furie says:

    Oh that's lovely. Wildest thing we see round here are girls who've had half a cider and decided that morals and inhibitions are no longer worth their time, usually escorted by guys who've had half a lager and decided fighting strangers is how to prove they're manly.

  37. gdare says:

    :lol:You know I see them around here, too. Sometimes I read about them in newspapers and not in a connection to something nice :left:

  38. Furie says:

    They're the standard in this country. Too many soaps at an early age telling them this is how people behave – mouthy and in everyone's faces. I'll take a bear any day.

  39. studio41 says:

    "Well, weather seems not to see that web site" haha. weather is unpredictable!I encountered a bear on its hinds whilst jogging once upon a time (needless to say, I gave up jogging! πŸ˜€ – oh, okay, not for that reason, I just got lazy.) Took my breath away! And I lived to tell. And I tell it over and over… Great pics, Darko. Nice treks you and San are getting in!

  40. gdare says:

    Mik and Jill, we encountered another one last Saturday. It was in a bush, humming on us – it was not happy to have us so close. We didn't have a bear spray and the most important, we didn't see it. It was a big risk to go closer and check how actually big that one is. So, despite the fact that we were only 500m from our goal for that day, Rainbow Lake, after 7.5km oh hiking, we returned back. Well, we will go another day πŸ˜€

  41. derWandersmann says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Well, we will go another day

    And DO get a couple of bear sprays!

  42. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    a bear spray

    ?glad you took precaution!

  43. Aqualion says:

    I misread it as 'beard spray', and thought what help would that be? Yes, I need new glasses. Then again, I live far away from bear country.

  44. gdare says:

    dW, yes we should know better being in a so called 'Bear Country' :left:Jill, I had only air horn but a bear spray is something we will buy very soon :up:Martin, maybe there is such a thing, beard spray. I might use it on myself for my beard is becoming salt'n'peppery lately. I am getting old πŸ˜₯

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