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No Lions or Tigers, but Bears, Oh My!

IMG_6920 (2)Grizzly Bear

By Marilyn Baron

On our trip to the Grand Canadian Rockies, we came across wildlife of all types, which we saw from our motor coach, walking near our hotel, or on a wildlife tour. One man on our tour was hiking in the woods and was confronted by a black bear and her two cubs. Areas around the hotel were roped off with red tape because it was the season for elks to deliver their babies and apparently female elk are the most dangerous at that time.

On one wildlife tour which was supposed to last two and a half hours, the driver kept going and after three hours we thought we were on Gilligan’s Island for “The Three Hour Tour.” Our reservation at dinner was long since past and at about 11 p.m. he finally took us back to the hotel and we ran in just in time to get served.

While we were eating dessert, we saw a bird flying around the rafters of the restaurant, which turned out to be a bat and that wasn’t even part of our wildlife tour.

I think pictures tell the story better than words.

Here are just some samples of the wildlife we saw:

IMG_6638 (2)brilliant duck

IMG_6859 (2)Elk


Mountain goats butting heads

IMG_6812 (2)Black Bear


Walt Mussell - July 18, 2014 - 5:38 am

Some of the memories I have from my two trips to the Canadian Rockies is all the wildlife that crossed the road. In the southern U.S., I’m used to signs that warn of deer. The variety in the Canadian Rockies is amazing.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:52 am

Aren’t the Canadian Rockies amazing? But at the same time our subdivision has so many deer I feel like I’m in a wildlife preserve and it’s pretty cool to see them right in our neighborhood.

Ashantay Peters - July 18, 2014 - 8:36 am

Marilyn, so glad you were able to see some of the abundant wildlife out West! Enjoyed your post and the photos.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you so much for visiting the blog. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pictures.

Piper - July 18, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I’ve not gotten along well with wildlife in my life, which is why God blessed me with an animal- crazy son. :) I know he would have enjoyed your sights. Great pictures!

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - July 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Wow! These are some pretty incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thanks for commenting. I love wildlife. We have a birdfeeder on our back deck and we get all kinds of birds from woodpeckers to cardinals, bluejays, and goldfinch. And as I said deer are everywhere.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you like the pictures.

Connie Gillam - July 18, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. The Canadian Rockies sound like a wonderful place to visit. Like you, my subdivision abound with deer. Our house backs up to a nature preserve. We have owls, blue heron, fox, coyote, but thankfully, no bears.

Diane Burton - July 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Great pictures.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:22 pm

Yes, Western Canada was amazing. I would love it if my house backed up to a nature preserve. We actually do have owls, I only saw a coyote I think once, but no blue heron. And no bears!
The people in Canada called their geese, American geese like we call ours Canada geese. Or maybe that’s just a joke.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

Sandy Elzie - July 18, 2014 - 3:16 pm

love the pictures…your trip sounds absolutely wonderful. I love being out in nature. Thanks so much for sharing.

Maxine Davis - July 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Marilyn, It is amazing at the different wildlife you saw – well, except for the tour :)
Beautiful pictures! I’m sure it is a trip that you’ll always remember. I’m enjoying it through your eyes.

Marilyn Baron - July 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and the trip was wonderful.


Yes it was a great trip and especially seeing the two types of bears.

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Beautiful pictures, Marilyn. Sounds like an incredible trip – just glad you went during the summer. Thanks for sharing.

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