Grizzly Kills Husband and Wife in Banff

A grizzly has killed a husband and wife in a remote corner of Canada’s Banff National Park. The two were experienced backpackers, a family friend told the media. The couple’s dog also died in the attack.

The incident occurred Friday evening around 8 pm in the Red Deer River Valley. This is an isolated part of the park with trails but no nearby roads. Banff wardens received a GPS alert indicating a bear attack.

When the response team reached the site at 1 am, they found the two dead campers and an aggressive grizzly nearby, according to the Cochranenow newspaper. Park officials shot the grizzly and later, closed the area within the black square, below.

map of the attack area

The area of the attack, black square.



At this time of year, grizzlies are feeding heavily, in order to put on fat for the winter. It is also a popular hiking time across the Rockies, with cooler temperatures and the bright golden colors of larch and aspen. Several recent incidents with bears have taken place elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies.

There were 26 bear attacks in Canada in 2022, including four fatalities.

golden larch in the Canadian Rockies

The scenery and good weather in Banff National Park in late September draw many hikers into bear country. Photo: Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. One of Canada’s premier arctic travelers, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and has just finished a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada and in 2022, he received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for services to exploration.