Grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest

(Northern BC Tourism/Ian McAllister photo)

Great Bear Rainforest

Orcas near Klemtu (Spirit Bear Lodge photo)

Orcas near Klemtu (Spirit Bear Lodge photo)

The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most pristine wilderness environments on earth, a vast tract of temperate rainforest stretching some 400 km/250 mi along the central and north coast of British Columbia.  

It is home to the planet's largest intact temperate rainforest, and is the only place in the world where you can see the Kermode (Spirit) bear, a sub-species of black bear noted for its white fur. It provides unparalleled wildlife and grizzly viewing, and a sense of solitude and tranquility.

A vibrant and diverse ecosystem, the Great Bear Rainforest is a place where the waters teem with an abundance of marine life, including whales, sea otters, dolphins and sea lions. Lush forests rise from the water's edge and carpet the landscape in green. A labyrinth of fjords stretch inland to the glacier-capped Coast Mountains, and towering granite cliffs give way to fertile estuaries where bears and eagles gorge on salmon that have returned to their natal streams. 

This raw and powerful landscape exists as it did thousands of years ago. Here, ocean and land are bound together in a dynamic convergence of nature that has been called "the last magnificent stand of the great North American rainforest."

Why do people come here? National Geographic hails the Great Bear Rainforest as one of its "Best Trips 2013." It is a place that draws the serious adventurer, the casual explorer and travellers seeking to connect with nature and experience a cultural, spiritual and sensory journey. 

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