View a variety of wildlife on these wildlife watching safaris at a wilderness guest ranch in the southern Chilcotin Mountains. Your licensed guide outfitter offers a 5,000-sq. km operating area encompassing the new south Chilcotin Mountains Park. Located on the lee side of the Coast Mountains, the South Chilcotin Mountains lie within a transition zone. This favored position produces a "Rainshadow", and this means sunny skies and a dry climate. The area is renowned for its bio-diversity, with an abundance of wildflowers, that bloom May to September, and an outstanding variety of wildlife all year round.
Grizzlies are the symbol of the wilderness. Viewing packages in the spring and fall focus on observing these impressive animals. See these awesome animals in their natural habitat as they progress through the seasons. Spring concentration is in the low meadows during breading season. Then, follow them into the sub alpine, by horse, 4x4 and foot, and examine their territory marker trees, explore their dens and collect data for our Grizzly Study. Trails travelled by grizzly bear through the mountains are marked with rub trees or territory markers. You collect the hair from these trees, and GPS their locations for subsequent mapping and analyses. The alpine meadows provide favored summer feeding ranges, and open areas allow for excellent sightings and photographic opportunities. Viewing is done by foot or by horse, returning nightly to camps.
On the winter predator stalking packages stalk the most elusive predators in North America by 4x4, by foot and by snowmobile. "Bush Savvy Guides" lead you on these predator quests for Cougar (Puma/Mountain Lion) and Timber wolf.
Wolf tracking is the ultimate challenge, requiring more patience and cunning than nearly every other form of wildlife viewing. When nature rewards your persistent pursuit, however, you’ll discover the soul-stirring essence of true Canadian wildlife. Hear the mysterious, haunting howl of a wolf echoing through the valley. Feel the spine-tingling rush as you spot your first wolf, darting across the frozen lake in pursuit of its prey. Every moment of our wolf tours brims with the anticipation of what wonders the next moment holds.
On the multi-species safari, you'll peer down into the lush valley bottom at black bears feeding on the fresh shoots of grass. In the deep forests of willow, catch a rare sight of the stately Canadian moose, or read tracks to locate the mountain goat as they lead you to the north facing bluffs where they escape the heat of the day. Your guide will show you how to search for California bighorn sheep as they traverse the high alpine ridge tops, and watch in silent reverence as you come upon the graceful mule deer graze favored alpine meadows. Viewing is by horse or by foot in prime locations, returning nightly to camps.