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Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest

(Pete Ryan photo)

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The Great Bear Rainforest

Be in awe of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest and one of the most pristine natural environments in the world. A wild and remote area with unique wildlife viewing opportunities. This is the only place on the planet to see a Kermode (Spirit) bear, a sub-species of the black bear distinct because of its white fur. In the Great Bear Rainforest, untamed forests border pristine ocean waters teeming with wildlife.

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(Kelly Funk photo)

Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

One of the best places in the world to see grizzly bears in their natural habitat is this seaside sanctuary northeast of Prince Rupert. The first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears, Khutzeymateen is accessible only by boat (or boat and floatplane). Home to about 50 bears, it is best visited between May and July (especially in May) when the bears can be seen roaming the shore. There is no land access in the Sanctuary, and the river estuary is only accessible with a licensed tour operator.

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Great Bear Nature Tours

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the ...
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Bluewater Adventures

Bluewater Adventures offers 'once in a lifetime' wilderness expeditions along the north coast of BC and in Southeast Alaska. Our multi-day, live-aboard trips explore the remote wilderness of coastal British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. Travellin...
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Maple Leaf Adventures

Rated "Trip of a Lifetime" by Frommer's (2000-2015) & a "Best of the World" by National Geographic Traveler (2013). Take a boutique expedition cruise by classic, small ship to experience BC's wildlife, landscape & culture. Cruise islands & fjords,...
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Spirit Bear Lodge

At the village of Klemtu, a tiny mid-coast First Nations community, guides from Spirit Bear Lodge can take you on a guided tour of the wilderness. Look for the Kermode, or Spirit bear, an all-white black bear revered by the local Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation.

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Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Guided sea kayaking tours of northern Vancouver Island, The Great Bear Rainforest & Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Base camp & expedition-style tours ranging from four to fifteen days. Join us at our Orca Waters Base Camp for the best in w...
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Shearwater Resort Adventure Vacations

Shearwater Resort is a sport fishing fixture on the Central Coast of BC for nearly 70 years. We didn't choose our location by accident - we centred ourselves in arguably one of the hottest salmon fishing areas in the world. First Nations know thi...
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Nestled amongst the towering peaks of the Coast Range Mountains & in the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is situated on private property within British Columbia's largest provincial park. Leave the hustle & bustle of Vancouver in the ...
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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Inside Passage Ferry

Take a ferry ride on British Columbia’s Inside Passage. BC Ferries’ Northern... Read more Adventure sails among the islands and fjords of BC’s remote mid-coast, home to mountain peaks, tall stands of fir and cedar, driftwood-strewn coves, remote First Nations communities, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Watch for seals, eagles, dolphins and even whales en route.  The Northern Adventure sails year-round from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert; summer sailings are all in daylight, so you won’t miss a moment. From Prince Rupert, you can continue by ferry to Haida Gwaii, or follow the Yellowhead Highway east.

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