Bears Around Whistler
To the bears that live around Whistler BC, (and right in Whistler
for that matter!), all of us humans are "gorbies".
of a "gorbie":
a derogatory word used by Whistler locals to describe tourists; acronym
for "geeks on rented bikes"; alternative spelling "gorby"
see, bears have made Whistler their home for, well, probably as long as
bears have inhabited North America, and most certainly longer than any
humans have. So, although it is very rare, it shouldn't be surprising
that you may have a bear
encounter or two while visiting this mountain resort.
be worried? Should you pack a can of bear spray in your luggage? Should
you walk around Whistler Village with a "bear bell" tied to your jacket?
a word, no. But if you plan on doing any "off the beaten path" hiking
in the spring or summer, an encounter with black bear is a distinct
possibility. So before you wander out, be "bear aware".
Here are some of the place that our family has encountered bears around
In the Roundhouse Lodge at the top
of the Whistler Gondola...
Outside a store in the Fairmont Chateau...
Right in the lobby of the Fairmont...
At the "Cinnamon Bear Bar and Lounge" in the Hilton Whistler...
And bears aren't the only wild animals lurking around Whistler, there
are also the equally dangerous wild cows...
think you are probably getting the idea that bears are an integral part
of Whistler culture. And least I leave you with the impression that
there are no "real" bears around, here are a few shots (photos that is)
that I took this past June beside the highway just outside of Whistler.
photos are a little blurry, but if you look closely you can see that
this bear has been collared by the local authorities, for the bears
safety and for human safety. In fact, it is actually quite common for
bears to break into cabins and help themselves to what's in the
refrigerator. No joke!
Want to take a little bear memento home
with you once your Whistler vacation is over? No problem. Bears are a
common theme in many of the art galleries throughout Whistler Village.
Would you like to learn more about the bears around Whistler and how we
"gorbies" can interact peacefully with them. Visit whistlermuseum.org
or the "Get
Bear Smart Society