One of the largest untouched expanses of coastal temperature rainforest in the world, this vast 21 million acre wilderness is a nature lover’s paradise. Huge ancient cedars smothered in lichens, some 1000 years old spread for hundreds of miles through rugged mountain landscapes and along and wild and windswept rocky coasts.
This is the domain of magnificent grizzly and black bears and a particular special white race of black bear known as the Kermode or Spirit bear which is found nowhere else.
It also supports packs of coastal wolves, cougars, mountain goats, mule deer, bald eagles, orcas, humpback whales and massive sea lion colonies. The Rainforest is also the home of many First Nations communities that live miles from civilisation.
With just a handful of lodges to explore this wilderness from, the extraordinary wildlife experiences that can be had here including some very close encounters with bears are sure to be memorable. Perhaps the highlight of a visit to this region for many is a chance to view the rare spirit bear. The white coloration of these black bears is caused by a recessive gene.
Despite its remoteness, this rainforest is still under threat from logging though in 2006 it was agreed that 5 million acres of the Great Bear Rainforest would remain completely off limits to any logging activity.