Bear Cave Mountain Eco-Adventures is a collaborative effort between the Vuntut Gwitchin people of the community of Old Crow and Phil Timpany, a long-time resident of the Yukon and wildlife viewing specialist and professional photographer/cinematographer.
The magical land of Bear Cave Mountain is the stuff of legends. Devoid of roads and development, it is an ecologically diverse and breathtakingly pristine expanse of wilderness that provides one-of- a-kind opportunities to connect with nature in a profound way. Here, grizzly bears and humans have a longstanding history of peaceful co-existence based on mutual respect and acceptance of one another’s presence.
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation holds claim to this massive wilderness area known as Ni’iilii’njik – “where fish spawn”. The Ni’iinlii’njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park is a sacred area with a long history of special use. The Vuntut Gwitchin people have a strong cultural connection to the area around Bear Cave Mountain. Gwitchin elders remind us how the Fishing Branch watershed and tributaries are vital for the community and for the protection of fish and caribou. In the spring, the Porcupine caribou herd migrates through this area.
The Vuntut people say, “We know the caribou like ourselves – we live with them – we take a few, watch them go through, and give them thanks. We speak for them.”
Bear Cave Mountain Eco-Adventures moral and ethical directive is to honour and preserve the integrity of the Ni’iinlii’njik ecosystem by ensuring the operation of Bear Cave Mountain is conducted in an ecologically sustainable manner at all times.
Guest numbers are limited to an intimate group of four. Along with Phil Timpany, our “on the ground” managing partner, and his team of professional and highly experienced wildlife viewing guides, wildlife encounters are sure to be second to none! Read more about Phil at Bear Cave Mountain here.