Kootenay National/Park Kindersley Pass Bear Discovery Tour

From $179/person

Learn the "Bear Necessities" with our team Biologist!

Explore the Grizzly Bear habitat of Kindersley Pass in Kootenay National Park!

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Our ACMG hiking guide is joined by bear biologist, Leah Pengelly, to teach you the “bear necessities” on the trail! Learn about bear biology, habitat, feeding habits and behaviour as you hike the Kindersley Pass trail. This is a moderate level hike with excellent potential for (safe) wildlife sightings. After you’ve finished the hike stop in a the world famous Radium Hot Springs for a soak to sooth your body in their incredible pools.

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Leah Pengelly "Bear Whisperer"

Trip Details

Distance: 17.5km 
Elevation Gain/Descent: +1200m / -1100
Difficulty: Challenging

What we provide

*Professional Guide
*Leah Pengelly, B.Sc(Hons), aka B.W.(Bear Whisperer)
*Lunch from Kootenay Coffee Works (Fresh made sandwich, homemade granola bar, apple, veggie sticks & dip)
*Safety equipment – First Aid, Bear spray, Emergency Satellite Communication device

What to bring

*Hiking boots or sturdy shoes. Early season hikes may be wet and could even have snow in shaded locations
*Small backpack (large enough to carry all the things)
*Water (Minimum 1 litre)
*Lunches are included in all of our full day trips
*An extra warm layer. It can be cool up high in the mountains and its is nice to have a layer for when we stop for a break or lunch
*Camera, don’t forget this
*Sunscreen
*Hat/Toque (It can get cold in the alpine)
*Sunglasses

Booking notes

Minimum of 4 guests required to book this trip. This trip departs from the Radium Visitor Center. If the minimum is not met additional fees may apply. Privates are available, please contact for details. If this trip is cancelled due to weather and or unsafe conditions a full refund will be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why hire a Guide?

Hiking with a guide can be a great way to see the trails and mountain surroundings. First and foremost, safety is the top priority at Playwest Mountain Experience. From managing wildlife encounters to emergency situations, we have you covered. Hiring a guide also provides you with the wealth of knowledge and information of the surrounding area, wildlife, the abundant wildflowers and the regional history. Often times in the Columbia Valley, many of our trails are located deep in the mountains on various forest service roads; half the battle is just finding the trailhead! Our certified guides know where to go, taking the guess work out for you.

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