You are in bear country
In 2005 we saw on our trip in Canada no bears (end of August/ September).
In 2011 we saw on our trip in Canada 16 bears (end of May / early June). This included a bear viewing excursion in Whistler, BC.
In 2014 we saw on our trip in Canada 8 bears. (end of May / early June).
Since we were travelling end of May, early June when the bears have woken up from their winter sleep and left their den but the mountain heights are still covered in snow...an excellent time to spot them along the highways, we were very curious and hopeful to see many.
So did or did we not break our record of 16 bears??
Yes we did...we saw 11 adult black bears, 4 black bear cups and 4 grizzlies. But we don't have pictures of them all so you'll just have to trust me. Sometimes they were just a glimpse when they were in the ditch next to the highway while we zip by. Here's the bears we have on picture.
Bear #1: Exist Jasper to Maligne lake
Bear #6: Kootenay National Park - in the no stopping zone
Bear #9 and bear #10: Waterton Lakes National Park
Bear # 11 + #12 (baby) + #13 (baby) : Canmore Grassi Lakes
Bear #14 : Kanakaski's Valley