Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
By Jonathan Clarke
The Great Bear Rainforest is a vast area stretching from Vancouver Island all the way up to Alaska in the north.
An unspoilt wilderness with a population of just 17,000, the rainforest is home to a huge range of unique wildlife.
The forest takes its name from its population of grizzly and Kermode bears, but is also home to other large predators, 1,000-year-old western red cedars and 90-metre high sitka spruce trees.
"An unspoilt wilderness with a population of just 17,000, the rainforest is home to a huge range of unique wildlife."
The rainforest features prominently in Canadian ecotourism and there are tour groups who are working to preserve the environment and protect the wildlife. Unfortunately, bears are still hunted for trophies even in places where bear tours are run. This means that relatively tame bears are being hunted.
By supporting tourism in the area and going on bear-viewing tours, you can help ensure that watching bears is more commercially viable than hunting them. So, by taking a bear tour in British Columbia, you can experience one of nature's most remote and beautiful wildernesses at the same time as helping to ensure the safety of the wildlife.