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Bear grazing on grass

Tips For Bear Viewing in Whistler This Summer

Whistler is home to over 10,000 residents – around 50 are the furry, forest-dwelling kind. Black bears co-exist with humans in the Whistler community and can often be spotted by the public meandering around alpine trails or munching on roadside dandelions.

You can help keep bears and humans safe by following these tips if you happen to encounter a bear in Whistler this summer.

Black bear and Cub on Whistler Mountain – Photo: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Join a WET Bear-Awareness Tour

Guided bear-watching tours are the safest options for viewing bears. Hike in bear territory, explore uninhabited bear dens and take an educational drive with one of our naturalists to look for black bears in a natural and safe environment. 

Whistler Eco Tours run daily Bear Awareness tours with departures at 7 am and 6 pm. Tours start from $139.99 per person including hotel pickup/drop-off. 

Admire From a Distance

If you happen to encounter a bear, ensure that you remain a safe distance away. When viewing bears, you should always stay 100m or more from the bear – the length of approximately 7 school busses.

It’s common to see bears grazing alongside highways and other busy roads around Whistler. However, viewing bears on the side of the road creates dangerous driving conditions for humans and causes stress for the bears. The Get Bear Smart Society advises not to honk at a bear – the sound can startle the bear right into traffic or distract other motorists. Stopping on the side of the road to view, take photos or feed wildlife can attract a fine under the BC Wildlife Act.

A Bear Embracing the Wilderness – Photo: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Keep Your Eyes Peeled on the Ski Slopes

Another place that bears are regularly seen are on the summer ski slopes. As the weather warms up, the bears retreat higher up the mountain to find food. Keep your eyes peeled for bears munching on the grass below you as you ride the Whistler Village Gondola or Blackcomb Gondola up the mountain.


Whistler Eco Tours has been bringing people back to nature since 2001. Specializing in guided canoe, kayaking, hiking and biking tours, WeT’s interpretive adventure guides will pass on their knowledge of local flora, fauna, history and geology. Contact us for more information or visit our website: www.whistlerecotours.com.

Lady Hiking Near Shannon Falls

3 Must-Visit Family-Friendly Waterfalls Near Whistler!

Surrounded by mountains and glaciers, BC’s Sea to Sky region is teeming with magnificent waterfalls. As the snow melts up above, rivers and streams fill below and raging torrents create spectacular waterfalls. 

We’ve compiled a list of our three favourite waterfalls near Whistler. These family-friendly falls can be all be accessed with minimal walking and are perfect for everyone to enjoy.

Nairn Falls 

Nairn Falls is located only 20 minutes south of Whistler within the Nairn Falls Provincial Park. An easy 1.5km hike alongside beautiful Green River takes you through spectacular ancient Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar forest, following the ancestral route of Lil’wat First Nation’s people.  At the falls, vantage points overlook the powerful upper and lower falls. Over the years, sediment and rock carried by Green River have worn away the bedrock and carved the spectacular 60-meter rock-sculpted waterfall. 

Nairn Falls

Whistler Eco Tours run daily Waterfall Explorer tours to Nairn Falls starting from $139.99 per person including hotel pickup/drop-off. 

Shannon Falls

BC’s third largest waterfall – Shannon Falls is located off the Sea To Sky Highway at Squamish, just over an hour’s drive north of Whistler. The falls make a perfect stop-off on during the drive from Vancouver to Whistler. The base of the falls is only an easy 350m stroll from the parking lot. The falls rise a spectacular 335 meters above the temperate rainforest. Why not make a day of it and visit the Sea to Sky Gondola for an amazing view of the Howe Sound and its surrounding mountains?

Brandywine Falls 

Brandywine Falls is located less than a twenty-minute drive from Whistler Village and is one of Whistler’s most iconic and photographed waterfalls. From the Brandywine Falls Trailhead, a 10-20 minute walk through the forest brings you to a viewing platform overlooking Brandywine Falls. 

The Brandywine Provincial Park is also home to great hiking, picnicking and mountain biking. Therefore, why not plan to make a day of it in the park after you check out the falls!

Brandywine Falls south of Whistler – Photo: Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

Whistler Eco Tours has been bringing people back to nature since 2001. Specializing in guided canoe, kayaking, hiking and biking tours, WeT’s interpretive adventure guides will pass on their knowledge of local flora, fauna, history and geology. Contact us for more information or visit our website: www.whistlerecotours.com.