What is the Great Bear Rainforest?

During your visit to our BC salmon fishing lodge, you’ll have a chance to explore the beautiful Great Bear Rainforest.

From Knight Inlet to the Alaska Panhandle, the Great Bear Rainforest runs for about 400 kilometers or approximately 250 miles along the central and northern coast of British Columbia. It covers a whopping 6.4 million acres — a landmass the size of Ireland.

The rainforest is located just minutes by boat from Sointula Lodge. The Great Bear Rainforest is home to a wide variety of native creatures, including both those that live on land and in the water. A Wilderness Tour will give you a chance to explore the rainforest’s many different landscapes. But you’ll still get a chance to see and appreciate its unique beauty while fishing in its pristine coastal waters.

Looking forward to your next visit to the best fishing resorts BC interior has to offer? Keep reading to learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest, and some of its features you might get to see during your next visit.

What Makes the Great Bear Rainforest So Special?

What makes the Great Bear Rainforest so wonderful? First of all, it contains a fourth of the world’s coastal temperate rainforest. This makes it the ideal location for soaking in plenty of silence and taking in the lush greenery. It’s also home to a number of unique creatures, some of which are only found here. For instance, the rare white Kermode bear, sometimes known as the “Spirit bear,” is only found in this region of the world.

Everywhere you go in the Great Bear Rainforest, there are prime places to see wildlife, including grizzly bears, sea otters, dolphins, and whales. Along the coast, kayaking, fishing, and trekking through old-growth forests are all great ways to see some of the forest’s many creatures — as is fishing with your experienced guide from our BC salmon fishing lodge!

The Rainforest’s Royal Connection

In 2016, the Great Bear Rainforest was officially inducted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. This pan-Commonwealth program helps to fund forest conservation programs, and to preserve indigenous forests so that future generations will be able to enjoy them.

 The program, launched in The Queen’s honor, aims to educate the 2.3 billion people who make up the Commonwealth about the importance of preserving forests and to promote knowledge sharing among Commonwealth members so that new, cooperative efforts for forest conservation can be developed.

The Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear)

There’s no shortage of reasons to visit the Great Bear Rainforest. But the chance of spotting a Kermode bear is one thing that many visitors hope for.

The Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit Bear, is only found in one region in the entire world. Despite its unique appearance, the Kermode bear is actually a subspecies of black bear, but with naturally white fur. Their appearance is due to a recessive gene. Approximately 10 percent of black bear offspring in this region have the recessive white gene.

How to Get to the Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest is mostly accessible by boat or float plane, because there are relatively few roads. Staying at one of the many fishing resorts BC interior has to offer is perhaps the easiest way to visit. Our experienced guides know all the best spots for experiencing the unique and beautiful Great Bear Rainforest.

If you’re visiting Sointula Lodge specifically to experience the Great Bear Rainforest, consider booking one of our Wilderness Tour packages. These fully customizable tour packages will allow you and your group to choose your daily activities. Explore the rainforest by boat, or enjoy a stunning hike to a towering waterfall. Along the way, your guide will help you learn more about this unique place and the animals that call it home.

 Planning Your Stay at the Best BC Salmon Fishing Lodge

 Dreaming of seeing the unique and beautiful Great Bear Rainforest for yourself? There’s no better way to do so than with a stay at the best BC salmon fishing lodge. Because the Great Bear Rainforest is cut off from civilization, and largely inaccessible by car, it can be difficult to visit on your own. A tour package with Sointula Lodge is a great way to not only see the rainforest for yourself but also to experience more of it with the help of an experienced guide.

Even if you’re planning to spend most of your time casting a line for salmon, trout, halibut, and more, you’ll still get to check off visiting the Great Bear Rainforest from your bucket list following your stay.

Ready to start planning your 2023 adventure to Sointula Lodge? Contact us today to learn more about our package options and future tour dates today!