Bears love food, and have successfully entered restaurants in Whistler Village many times, placing humans and bears at risk.
Report bear sightings in residential areas and Whistler Village by phoning the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277 or 604-905-BEAR. Whistler Conservation Officers are notified daily of sightings and immediately in emergencies.
Whistler's Bear Smart Restaurant Program Now Online
Whistler’s Bear Smart Restaurant Program is now being offered as a free online training course. The program offers restaurant staff and managers practical and cost effective solutions to minimize human-bear conflict at their workplace—most of which can be easily avoided.
Complete the Bear Smart Restaurant Program in three easy steps:
- An initial consultation is conducted with the restaurant to review current practices with recommendations to follow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.
- The program is presented to the restaurant manager, and staff are trained. The training is completed online at learn.whistler.ca. Once the staff are trained we provide a free window decal so the public know that you are a Bear Smart Restaurant.
- We follow up with each restaurant to evaluate program implementation and assist where needed.
Find more information about the Bear Smart Restaurant Program.
Bears play an important role in Whistler and are part of a healthy ecosystem. We must manage attractants vigorously, if we want to coexist with bears.
In 2011 an iconic bear named Jeanie was killed when she entered a restaurant. The Bear Smart Restaurant Program was started by the Get Bear Smart Society and the Resort Municipality of Whistler to train restaurant staff to ensure that more bears would not face the same preventable death as Jeanie.
Eating at a Bear Smart recognized restaurants means that the staff in the restaurants have undergone Bear Smart training and follow Bear Smart practices. Choosing to eat at a Bear Smart recognized restaurant is choosing to support an establishment that is an active part of the community and cares about protecting Whistler’s bears.