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Great Bear Rainforest


Scenes of Kitasoo Bay from a boat in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Kitasoo Bay Scenes of Kitasoo Bay from a boat in the Great Bear Rainforest. © Jason Houston

This land of mist-shrouded valleys and old-growth forests is home to First Nations people who have been linked to the rainforest since time immemorial.

Now Showing: See Great Bear Rainforest in IMAX

A new IMAX film, Great Bear Rainforest, explores this important landscape. Filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner spent three years making the film, which focuses on the unique wildlife of Great Bear and the First Nation communities who have guarded the landscape for centuries. 

Great Bear Rainforest: Land of the Spirit Bear An IMAX film about the last intact temperate rainforest in the world.

Reimagining Conservation 

British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest is part of the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. This is a land of mist-shrouded valleys and glacier-cut fjords, old-growth forests, wildlife like rare spirit bears and rich salmon streams. It’s also home to First Nations people who have been linked to the rainforest since time immemorial.

First Nations are the traditional stewards of the lands and waters within the Great Bear Rainforest. The well-being of the Great Bear Rainforest goes hand in hand with the well-being of the those who inhabit it. 

In Canada, we work with First Nations leaders to support local resource management that enhances the ecological and cultural well being in the region and ensures the sustainability of communities for generations to come. We strive to develop meaningful partnerships with First Nations communities that create a dialogue of trust and respect for Indigenous rights and cultural traditions.  

Nature's First Defenders Jessica Housty of the Heiltsuk First Nation talks about how her community depends on the Great Bear Rainforest.


Industrial developments, logging, and the combined effects of climate change continue to threaten the cultural and ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

Our Impact

We work in the Great Bear Rainforest to foster local natural resource management, support First Nations leadership, and engage the next generation to steward their lands and waters. 

Our Approach

On February 1, 2016, the final Great Bear Rainforest Agreement was signed between First Nations and the British Columbia government, permanently conserving 19 million acres of Pacific coast between Vancouver Island and southeast Alaska. About 9 million acres are off limits to logging, with the balance managed under some of the world’s most stringent harvest standards. 

Over the Last 10 Years 

  • 5 million acres of new, legally designated protected areas
  • 4 million additional acres of old-growth rainforest off limits to logging
  • 4.2 million acres monitored by Indigenous Guardians annually
  • 767 new, permanent jobs and 45 new businesses created in First Nation communities
  • $237 million invested in local resource management and sustainable economic development

We’re helping build sustainable and resilient communities by supporting local leadership, and natural resource management agencies, schools, and conservation-based businesses. 

We’re combining our scientific and conservation planning know-how with traditional First Nations knowledge, including approaches to decision making that incorporate Indigenous laws and customs. 

Support Our Work in the Great Bear Rainforest

We need your support to continue our momentum working with local Indigenous communities to develop a model for sustainable resource management that will have global implications. The time is now to invest in the Great Bear Rainforest.