Avoiding Bears on the Narrows Peninsula Trail

The Narrows Peninsula Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in Prince Albert National Park. It's also the only place I've ever seen a bear close up and with no protection. I mean, like 15 feet away close up and literally no protection except for my fists and wit. 

The story goes, I was just walking along, minding my own business, when a bear popped out of nowhere. He looked at me, thought about running up a tree, and then got curious and started walking towards me. So I backed away slowly, telling him "hey man, take whatever you want just don't hurt me", and he eventually ran away into the scrub. I waited a few minutes, and since I was so close to the end of the trail I kept going forward. I didn't think about the fact that the trail looped around in the exact direction the bear went, and I ran into him again. This time he growled at me and I imagine he was saying "what do you think you're doing you dumb idiot? I could kill you with one punch". He wasn't directly on the path so I speed-walked past where he was and didn't look back. A few hundred feet later I was back up on the road near my car, thinking I made it out alive, and what'd'ya know, the bear was also up there. He looked at me like "I should just swat your face to teach you a lesson." I got into my car and sat there for a few minutes catching my breath. I called my mom to tell her I love her and went home to tell everyone how I just narrowly (get it? Narrows?)  escaped a bear attack.

I'm sure if you asked the bear the story would go more like this: I was just minding my own business, trying to get pinecones down from a tree when a tall human girl walked up. She startled me and I went to run up a tree, but then I remembered humans can climb trees. I walked forward to where there was a good spot to enter the bush and then I ran in, hoping she wouldn't follow. She did follow me, because a couple minutes later there she was again. I growled to let her know I wasn't' scared of her, even though I was. Her "dear in headlights" look was creepy. She walked right past me and I thought I was in the clear. I got to the road and tried to run across as fast as I could. I knew I could hide from her in the forest on the other side. As I was running across I saw her again, so I picked up the speed and managed to just escape with my life. 

ANYWAY. The point is, this trail is beautiful, but the bear encounter slightly scarred me. I decided to do it again this year and took my bear mace (that my mom made me buy) and I felt <slightly> less afraid. Although if you watch the video on my instastory highlights you might think differently....