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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bears Waking up in Banff – Be Bear Aware


It’s that time of year again. The bears are yawning, stretching and emerging from their winter dens. If you’re visiting your hotel in Banff over the next 6+ months, it’s smart to be bear aware. Here are a few helpful tips:

Bear Tip 1 – Respect their space. Banff National Park belongs just as much to the bears as it does to you. Respecting bears natural habitat is first and foremost. You can do this with a few simple steps. If you see a bear roadside, stay in your car. If you see a bear while hiking, stop, give him lots of space and let him make his way. After all, you wouldn’t like it if someone came charging through your living room.

Bear Tip 2 – Food storage and disposal. Enjoying BBQ’s and picnics are some of the best parts about the warmer weather. But make sure your culinary delights aren’t tempting to bears too (they have a good nose for those pic-a-nic baskets or so we’ve learnt from Yogi Bear). Ensure all food, dirty plates and coolers are stored in your vehicle, storage locker or disposed of in the many bear-proof bins before you return to your hotel in Banff.

Bear Tip 3 – Observe the speed limit. One of the most difficult aspects of man and nature coexisting in the same area are the number of bear fatalities on our roads. Please observe all speed limits and pay extra attention when driving at dusk and at night.

Bear Tip 4 – Hike smart. Even in bear season you can still get out and enjoy the many amazing trails surrounding your hotel in Banff. Hike in groups of 4 or more if you can. While this isn’t always necessary some trails have mandatory hiking group numbers so take note. Make noise when walking along, sing songs and clap. Bears don’t want to come across you as much as you don’t want to sneak up on them and if they hear you coming they are likely to stay out of your way.

If you do come across a bear, stay calm, don’t run or shout, give the bear lots of room and let him move on his way. Aggressive bear behaviour is rare. You can read through a full list of what do on the Parks Canada website.

Get outside; enjoy the glorious warmer weather and the amazing outdoor activities on offer to you from the doorstep of your hotel in Banff.

Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation.

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