A Global Treasure
The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the world’s last largest coastal temperate rainforests. Its coastal waters sustain some of the richest marine cultures on the planet.
The Great Bear region is also a remarkable example of deeply interconnected land, sea and freshwater water ecosystems. Nutrient rich salmon help build old growth forests. Pacific coastal wolves have evolved to hunt for salmon in the sea. And rare white Spirit Bears fish in wild rivers.
Stretching from north Vancouver Island to the southern border of Alaska, the Great Bear Sea is one of the largest marine planning areas in the world. Dramatic coastlines, steep- walled fjords, dense kelp forests and large estuaries support an abundance of marine life here.
- Recovering populations of humpback, fin and killer whales
- Pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises and Steller sea lions
- Historically abundant salmon, herring and oolachon populations
- An estimated 1.5 million breeding seabirds on Haida Gwaii’s islands
- The world’s last remaining glass sponge reefs, coral and rare plant species