Things To Know about the Trail
be respectful and cautious around Bears.
There are bears along the trail and sometimes
on the beaches. Some people hike the trail and don't see bears
and others do ... so it's hit and miss. If a bear is in your
path ... stop and watch it ... maybe back up a bit so the bear
knows you aren't going to crowd it. These are black bears, predominantly
vegetarian, eating mostly grass, berries, etc. These bears are
more opportunist than hunters or predators.
The bear will almost always move out when
it sees you. They may hesitate and keep eating for a bit, so
just let them know you are still there. I will usually whistle
to let it know I am still waiting for it to move. You can move
forward a bit at a time slowly and at that point they usually
go. If the bear starts to walk in your direction slowly back
track and he will probably head off on a side trail soon enough.
He is not after you but just happens to be going in the direction
that you are. Not a good idea to run. In the 13 years the park
has been open we have never had a person attacked or mauled by
a bear. Don't drop your pack because he may look through it for
food. We have had bears tear open pack sacks that people left
out or dropped in the path of a bear. We have also had bears
go into uninhabited tents where people have left food.
It's very important for people to store
food properly. Hang it high from the branch of a tree or store
it in a bear cache. Bears are attracted to the smell of fruit,
meat and most processed foods.
- There are bear caches and poles to hang
your food from in or near all camping areas. At the east end
of Sombrio Beach the bear cache is gone. A winter flood and land
slide took it out. That is also the preferable end of the beach
to camp. In this case you would hang your food from a tree. There
are lots of trees over hanging the beach. Most bear caches consist
of a metal (tin) locker that opens at the front with a hinged
door and latch.
- Do not feed bears.
- Do not try to have your picture taken
close to or with a bear.
- Do not try to get close to bears.
- Do not approach a mother and cubs. Never
approach or go near a cub.
- Do not show loud aggressive behavior toward
- Do not crowd a bear into a spot where
it will feel cornered.
- Make sure your food is stored properly.
- If you have to leave your pack to do some
beach exploration etc. make sure it is out of reach in a tree.
- If you have a negative experience with
a bear or there is bear behavior you think should be reported
you can phone JDF Trail office 250 646 - 2431 or contact me through
the contact link at the
top of this page.
- I have been working in the park for 3
years and have never had a negative incident with a bear. I have
had countless sightings. At the same time always be respectful