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A beautiful spring morning greeted our two resident Grizzlies, Grinder and Coola as they excitedly emerged from hibernation this morning. The bears' 17th hibernation period lasted 153-days and is tied for the longest since their arrival at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. 

Grinder and Coola’s habitat will be strategically expanded over the next while, emulating the experience in the wild, where Grizzly bears gradually increase their footprint within a territory. 

The now 17 year old Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola originally came to Grouse Mountain’s Refuge for Endangered Wildlife in 2001 when they were rescued after being orphaned during separate incidents in Bella Coola and Invermere. The bears are an important part of the Grouse Mountain family and give our guests an opportunity to learn more about British Columbia's wildlife. 

The bears will choose to continue to spend some time in their den, and some time outside with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours to come, so the next time you visit Grouse Mountain, be sure to stop by their habitat and say hello.


Come out tonight to our Drop in Snowshoe Night that runs from 7pm to 8:30pm. Meet your complimentary guide at the outdoor fire pit at 7pm, headlamps are mandatory