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....