The temperate rainforests are among the richest habitats on Earth; supporting more life than their tropical counterparts. The largest expanse of these ancient forests stretches along the verdant coastline of British Columbia. Migrating salmon and hungry coastal bears go together like popcorn and the movies, and the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the world's best places to witness this primordial drama.
British Columbia, with roughly 150,000 black bears and 15,000 grizzly bears shuffling through its forested wild lands, is home to the largest combined population of these two bears in the world. Here, in the cool, shadowed woodlands of the coast, you can also find a rare white subspecies of the American black bear. Scientists call this enigmatic ursine carnivore the Kermode bear, but First Nations people know it as the "spirit bear." Our quest on this trip will be to experience the rich biological diversity of an overlooked corner of Canada, while at the same time experiencing exciting bear-viewing, bald eagles and gulls squabbling for leftovers, and the fragrance and spectacle of 90-metre-tall Sitka spruces and 1000-year-old western red cedars.
Introduction with Wayne Lynch