• Why all wildlife enthusiasts should visit Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

    2016-01-06

    Canada's Great Bear Rainforest is the perfect destination for adventure travel. According to The Natural Conservancy, the rainforest, located on the mainland of British Colombia, is part of the largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest on Earth and is currently home to some of the planet's rarest wildlife.

    What wildlife to expect
    According to Lonely Planet, when it comes to land animals, travelers exploring the vast rainforest can expect to find a variety of cougars, deer, elk, mountain goats and wolves walking the land. Rarities such as bald eagles soar overhead, while the coasts and inlets are swimming with sea lions, orcas, humpback whales and sea otters. Clear, glacier-fed streams also hold some of the world's rarest salmon.

    The Great Bear Rainforest is also known for accommodating one of the wilderness' rare species, the kermode bear. With only about 400 left in the world, visitors can stop and admire the rare, creamy white-furred bears that often stand up to six feet tall, according to the online travel source. The kermode bears roam the land along with species such as the grizzly bear, exploring the massive forest stretching all the way from Alaska along the British Colombia coast to near the Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

    Activities and surrounding sights
    Lonely Planet recommended stopping by the Bella Coola Valley located in the heart of the rainforest. The valley is lined with breathtaking, crystal-clear glaciers stretching 53 kilometers from the green landscape of B.C.'s Chilcotin to the North Bentinck Arm, a fjord surrounded by glaciers that runs inland from the Pacific Ocean. Adventure travelers will also enjoy a trip along the road that leads into the valley, dipping through steep rocky hills down long switchback gravel roads. For all those who would rather embark on a relaxing trip into Bella Coola, the source suggested planning ahead and taking a ferry from the south, as they tend to run rather infrequently.

    Guests can also take one of the many tours offered for a prime viewing experience. Get up close and personal to grizzly bears with tours designed specifically to bring guests to the best locations for viewing the forest's wildlife. There are also wilderness hikes and floating tours, which bring travelers down rivers filled with grizzly bears hunting for salmon. Some tours also immerse guests into the cultural aspects of the land, wildlife and people, such as people of the Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nation.

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