On the Thelon River, NWT, Kathleen and I had pulled ashore in mid-afternoon for a snack. Kathleen hopped out, and was holding the boat for me to get out, when this Grizzly came out of the bush. Kathleen hopped back in, and we pushed off from shore. "Hold still, Kathleen, while I get a picture!' When we gave slide shows, I often said that I had to put on my wide-angle lens, as the bear was too close.
The bear was not at all aggressive, and soon lost interest as we paddled away.
We paddled for another couple of hours before heading to shore again.