Grizzly-bear watching is a bucket-list activity for many visitors to Canada. The only thing more incredible than seeing one of these awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat — while on an organized tour with an experienced guide, of course — is seeing a grizzly mom with her cubs.
Most of Canada's 25,000 grizzlies are found in British Columbia, with 15,000 bears located close to the Pacific, around salmon spawning grounds. The remaining bears live in the Rocky Mountains of western Alberta, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, or northern Manitoba.
Learn more about the Canadian grizzly with these six facts.
Grizzly Cubs are Helpless
Grizzly moms come out of their winter slumber to give birth, usually to one to three cubs, before returning to sleep. Babies are initially hairless and toothless, and nurse for the first few months. When spring arrives, the cubs have opened their eyes, have grown teeth and fur, and are ready to leave the den with mom.