Spring has sprung in the Canadian Rockies. The longer days and warmer temperatures will mean that there is a higher likelihood of encountering a bear in the wild. At this time of year bears will flock into the valley bottoms to look for fresh plant growth. They are particularly fond of plants that grow in the open and along roadsides. Learn about bear safety, hike “bear aware” and report all bear sightings to Jasper Dispatch (780-852-6155).

Bear sightings - March 19 to April 10
Trail - Day-use area - Campground Species Date
Cabin Lake Fire RoadBlack bearMarch 19
Highway 16 WestBlack bearMarch 30
PocahontasBlack bearMarch 31
Snaring RoadBlack bearMarch 31
Jacques Lake TrailGrizzly bearApril 3
Snaring CampgroundBlack bearApril 10

To minimize the potential of a bear encounter you should:

Stay alert on the trails

  • Make noise
  • Look for fresh bear sign
  • Travel in groups
  • Keep your dog on a leash
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it
  • If you encounter a bear, give it LOTS of space

Drive with care

  • Reduce your speed
  • Stay in your vehicle when watching roadside bears – do not follow a bear into the forest

Safely store bear attractants

  • Keep food, garbage, recyclables, pet food and BBQ’s in bear-proof storage or hard-sided vehicles.

More info

For more information on bears and how to stay safe in bear country, please check out the following links:

Jasper National Park Important Bulletins

Trail conditions report

Bears and People - A Guide to Safety and Conservation on the Trail

The ''Bare'' Campsite Program