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Celebrating 20 years of Boo at Kicking Horse near Golden

Boo the bear is celebrated during Bear Awarness Days
Celebrating Boo. (

This past weekend the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain celebrated a special day for its only resident.

During Bear Awareness Days from July 8-9, Boo marked his 20th year at the refuge.

During the event, the refuge held several activities, including, enhanced ranger tours, gift-making for Boo, camping in bear country demonstration with Boo, a bear spray training workshop and a special cake for Boo followed by a gondola carcass drop.

Boo eats cake. (
Boo eats cake. (

“Boo had an excellent weekend and is a pretty tired-out guy,” said the refugee. “Discovering all of the fun camping items was definitely his favourite thing, including trying to fit in a hammock.”

Hundreds of residents came out to celebrate Boo’s two decades at the refugee, with many posting to social media about their interactions with the grizzly in his natural habitat.

The Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear Refuge is a 20-acre area, where Boo can hunt, play, forage and explore within this natural mountainside habitat just like his wild cousins.

Check out to see photos of baby Boo and become one of his 7,000 followers.

Baby Boo. (
Baby Boo. (

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Jen Zielinski

About the Author: Jen Zielinski

Graduate of BCIT working in the field of journalism for 16 years
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