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Whistler's Wildlife Encounters: Spotting Bears, Eagles, and More

Whistler, nestled in the heart of the breathtaking Coast Mountains of British Columbia, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Whistler offers nature enthusiasts a captivating opportunity to encounter wildlife in their natural habitat, from majestic bears roaming the forests to soaring eagles gracing the skies.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of Whistler's wildlife, providing tips and insights on how to maximize your chances of spotting bears, eagles, and more during your visit.

Whistler Wildlife Bears

Bears of Whistler

Whistler is home to a robust population of black bears and occasionally grizzly bears. It's common to see black bears strolling around the neighbourhoods, the valley trail, golf courses, and up on the mountains. The thrill of seeing a bear from a safe distance, observing their powerful presence and gentle demeanour, is truly special every time. However, it's essential to be "Bear aware," so do not approach or feed them.

If you’re keen on bear viewing, we recommend Whistler Photo Safaris. Explore Whistler’s incredible scenery with educated guides and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.


Another majestic animal you will see flying through the skies of the Sea to Sky Corridor is the Bald Eagle. While it's common to see them flying around Whistler, if you want one of the best Eagle viewing experiences possible, you're in luck. Just 45 minutes south of Whistler in Brackendale, located in the Squamish River Valley, is the world's densest concentration of bald eagles.

The best time of year to visit is during October when thousands of salmon journey upstream to spawn. This attracts over 1,300 eagles to the area. Against the backdrop of towering mountains and the rushing river, the gathering of bald eagles is a true natural wonder. 


If you’re planning a hike up in the alpine, you’ll likely see one of these cute furry creatures! With their round bodies, fluffy fur, and curious nature, encountering a marmot in Whistler is sure to bring a smile to your face.

You can often see them lying in the sun on the rocks or scurrying across the alpine terrain. Marmots are known for their distinctive whistling call, which serves as a warning to their fellow marmots of potential threats. Fun fact - Whistler was named after the whistling sound that Marmots make!


Beavers prefer to inhabit shallow bodies of water such as ponds, marshes, lakes, rivers, and streams. Whistler, with its abundance of streams, wetlands, and five lakes scattered throughout the valley, offers diverse habitats for these industrious creatures.

If you're staying at one of our lodges in Creekside, you will be close to two lakes where you have a good chance of spotting a beaver. Alpha and Nita lakes serve as homes for beavers. Keep an eye out for beaver lodges, made of sticks and mud, along the shores. With a bit of patience, you may be rewarded with the sight of one of these creatures navigating the waterways.

Whistler Wildlife Beaver

Wildlife Safety and Respect

When venturing into Whistler's wilderness, it is crucial to prioritize wildlife safety and practice responsible tourism. Learn about the do's and don'ts of wildlife encounters, such as maintaining a safe distance, refraining from feeding the animals, and respecting their natural behaviour. Understand the significance of wildlife conservation and how visitors can contribute to protecting these incredible creatures and their habitats.

Whistler's wildlife encounters offer a glimpse into the natural world, where bears, eagles, and various other creatures thrive in harmony with their stunning surroundings. In addition to Whistler's breathtaking mountain scenery, seeing the wildlife, whether casually exploring the area or on a guided tour, is always extra special.

Enjoy your Whistler adventures!