Reno Sommerhalder has been living his dream in Canada’s Rocky Mountains since the 1990s. He devotes his time to studying the behaviour of grizzly bears and to promoting a peaceful co-existence with these furry giants. This filmmaker, author, photographer, and wildlife specialist has the incredible ability to bring the mountains to life. To notice the wildflowers that a grizzly bear might enjoy for breakfast. A claw scratch mark on a spruce tree. A grizzly dig in an alpine meadow.
Join us for an insider’s experience into Being Bear in Glacier National Park this summer. Highlights include hiking in Balu Valley, the incredible Live Fire – Eat Like a Grizzly Gourmet dinner and evening fireside talks about what living with grizzly bears and wild creatures is all about. You won’t want to miss this opportunity. One trip only for summer 2021! Read more.
2 nights accommodation in our newly renovated guest rooms – double queen beds
Or upgrade to one of our king suite cabins.
2 – small group or private hiking programs with our ACMG guides in Glacier National Park. Maximum group size is 8 guests per guide.
2 – 3-course amazing dinners.
2 – a la carte fresh, tasty breakfasts.
2 – gourmet box lunches for your adventures.
Cost per person: $ 1,461 per person – double occupancy
$ 1,844 per person – single occupancy
Upgrade to luxury cabin accommodations: $175 per night.
Subject to applicable taxes.
Day to Day – Being Bear at Heather Mountain Lodge
Program Dates: August 6-8, 2021
Day 1 – Friday, August 6th, 2021
Arrival at Heather Mountain Lodge. Check-in. Before dinner enjoy a welcome drink and an appetizer. Welcome guests and introductions followed by an overview of the weekend’s activities and introduction of the “Being Bear” program.
7:00 pm – Group Dinner. Main Dining Room.
Overnight – Heather Mountain Lodge
Day 2 – Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Early morning breakfast at 6:30 am. Depart the lodge at 7:30 am. To maximize the possibility of animal sightings and stay ahead of the day hikers, we will leave the lodge early each morning. Today, we will hike the Balu Valley Trail in Glacier National Park. Full-day hike. Packed lunch on the trail. Location TBD. Return to lodge at 5 pm (approx).
Theme for Day 2: On this first day, out in the wilderness, participants will learn about bear biology and bear safety. They will find out what is on the menu of a grizzly bear, where they sleep, why mother bears can be protective of their young, why they scratch on trees called rub trees, how to interpret bear signs, and much more. At the same time, we’ll always be on the lookout to spot a bear.
7:00 pm – ‘Eat Like a Bear’ dinner and fireside presentation. Main dining room.
8:00 pm – Aperitifs, cappuccinos, and a fireside chat in the upper lounge of the lodge.
Overnight – Heather Mountain Lodge
Day 3 – Sunday, August 8th, 2021
Breakfast at 6:30 am. Depart the lodge at 7:30 am. Guided hike and exploration of Glacier National Park. Trail TBD dependent on conditions and bear activity. Packed lunch on the trail. Return to lodge at 5 pm (approx.) depending on the chosen trail.
Theme for Day 3: On this second day we will focus on trying to sight a bear in the avalanche slopes along the trail. Weather permitting, we will spend considerable amounts of time waiting and observing the slopes for any sign of wildlife and specifically bears.
Before heading out on your final day of hiking, please ensure you have all your belongings packed up and left near the door of your room, so housekeeping can store your luggage and prepare for arriving guests.