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During the spring and early summer, when the bears are feasting on berries, an early morning or dinner time ride around the property will most-often lead to sightings of black bear in the undergrowth, or at water's edge, upturning rocks along the shore.

And although Clayoquot bears are much too well-fed by nature, to be interested in people, guests should take bear dogs along just in case.

Organized activities like the combined whale and bear watch will most-often find bears grazing along the foreshore and in the Cypre River estuary.

In late summer and early autumn, Quait Bay Guests can visit sister property, the Wilderness Outpost at Bedwell River, where twice-daily black bear put on a show of their own.

In the early morning and again at around dinner time, a half-dozen or so bear first visit the hay field up-river by the barn - where they snack on tender young hay shoots before making their way down river to the estuary for a main course of spawning salmon.

Horseback riding adventures very often turn into bear watching expeditions, and as the resorts' salmon habitat enhancement program grows, so too will the resident population of black bear. See the Conservancy page for details on salmon habitat enhancement and other environmental programs.

Left to their own black bear are harmless and completely uninterested in resort goings-on. A strict no-food-left behind policy and a very efficient family of bear-chasing guide dogs keep nosy bears safely off the floating resort.


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