We were on the way from our Canmore vacation rental condo to hopefully spot some grizzly bears, and get some photos, at the Lake Louise ski resort. It is one of the best spots within the Rocky Mountains to have a chance of seeing grizzlies. The ski runs, cleared of trees, along with the lodge for viewing some of those areas and the gondola which still takes people up to the top of the mountain combines for a great chance to view a grizzly bear wandering the slopes of the mountain.
Unfortunately we didn’t see a grizzly bear although the tour at the top of the gondola which provides a guided tour that points out ways to spot grizzly activity was a fun time. It is likely geared towards families but anyone of any age that enjoys nature would likely enjoy the tour.
About 40 minutes from our vacation rental condo we did see a black bear along the side of the highway. We opted to take the Bow Valley Parkway which runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway as you have a better chance of seeing wildlife and it paid off.
However, a lot of people had pulled over to the side of the road and were getting out of their vehicles to take pictures with the bear about 50 feet away. Not such a good idea. Remember these are wild animals. Thankfully the bear was intent on his foraging and left the people alone.