Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: East Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Our route was inland and based on discussions with the locals, the chance of a bear encounter small. We never saw a bear. OTOH, I know someone who was backpacking Pond Inlet near the coast and she had to bear-spray a momma bear who investigated the tent. That turned out OK for all involved.
We are careful with our routes, and limit our time along the coast. Also, we carry spray and noisemakers. Some people also bring guns (More important in certain areas, and if you hunt or fish).
Interestingly, Inuit say that they fear river crossings more than bears, since you can throw rocks at a bear and it will go away, but if you throw rocks at the river it will not :-)