Learn about living with bears; creating bear smart communities; recreating in bear country; bear safety at work; and managing bears (for wildlife officials).


Bear Smart Brochures for Whistler Residents, Businesses & Visitors

Download brochures and flyers for home, play or your business. These are specifically designed for Whistler residents, businesses and visitors. Most of our guides can be printed on 8.5 x 11″ paper; front and back; and then folded twice. Please note that some of the foreign language brochures (German, French, Spanish & Japanese) need to be printed on 8.5 x 14″ paper. Flyer-style guides can be printed on 8.5x 11″ paper.


Bear Smart Whistler Resident’s Guide – download

Wildlife Smart Landscaping for Whistler – A Resident’s Guide – download folding brochure; or flyer-style. Bear food plant list.

Composting in Bear Country – download


Bear Smart Whistler Visitor’s Guide – download in English; Deutsch (German); Nederlands (Dutch); 日本 (Japanese); française (French) and español (Spanish) (most foreign languages need to be printed on 8.5 x 14″ paper; except Dutch).

Bear Viewing: Where to find bears and how to behave while viewing them. Download a brochure here – page one and page two.


Bear Smart Guide for Campers – download in English; Deutsch (German); française (French) and Nederlands (Dutch). Printable version for campgrounds 3 flyers per 8.5 x 11″ paper – download in English; Deutsch (German); française (French) and Nederlands (Dutch).

Camping in Bear Country – download full colour brochure, printed on 8.5 x 11 front & back, folded twice.

Hotel Concierges:

Bear Viewing Info for Concierges and extra teaching points.

Business & other commercial applications:

Bear Smart Best Practices Guide for Whistler Businesses – download folding brochure.
Bear Smart Program for Restaurants

Wildlife Smart Landscaping for Whistler – A Professional’s Guide. Bear food plant list.

Bear-proofing Garbage Enclosures – download.

  • Permit Process Flow Chart
  • Whistler Garbage Enclosure Design Guidelines
  • Wildlife Resistant Container Guidelines
  • Development Permit Application Checklist
  • Building Permit Application Checklist
  • Garbage Disposal and Wildlife Attractants Bylaw No. 1861, 2008

Bear Smart Construction Site Management Strategy – Staying safe while building in bear country – a bear smart guide for constructions sites in Whistler – download.

Guidelines for Bear Smart Buildings – Suggestions and regulations on building structures in bear country – download.