The Great Bear Rain Forrest
Great Bear Rainforest is Seven million acres of ancient rainforest, and is one of the most pristine wilderness environments on earth. It is the planet's largest intact temperate rainforest stretching some 400 km/250 mi along the central coast of British Columbia.This area has been called "the last magnificent stand of the great North American rainforest." The Great Bear Rainforest is a place where the waters teem with marine life, including whales, sea otters, dolphins and sea lions.
Lush primitive forests rise from the water's edge and carpet the landscape. A vast network of fjords stretch inland to glacier-capped Coast Mountains. Countless fertile estuaries large and small accentuate untouched river valleys were they reach the ocean. This land provides unparalleled opportunities to be in the world of the grizzly as it has been for thousands of years and to feel it with a sense of solitude and tranquility. It is also the only place in the world where you can see the rarest species of bear known on earth, the Kermode bear, "Spirit Bear" or Moksgmi Ol' as it is known in local First Nations dialect. It is a sub-species of black bear noted for its pure white fur. It is neither a polar bear or and albino. Two recessive genes are required from black furred parents to produce a "Spirit Bear". Even for local first nations people to catch a glimpse of this beautiful animal is infrequent, and a spiritually moving experience. This area of the BC coast also offers the opportunity to learn the ways of ancient First Nations people who have lived on, been sustained by this land for millennia.This land is the modern day home of the Kitasoo/ Xia xais, and Gitga'at First Nations people. 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 travelers seeking to connect with nature and experience a cultural, spiritual and sensory journey.