Tracking Spirit Bear in the Great Bear Rainforest

Spirit Bear in Great Bear Rainforest

Great Bear Rainforest. Spirit Bear. Black Bear.

The elusive and rare Spirit Bear (or kermode bear) is an exclusive subspecies of the Black Bear. They are found in just a few places on earth. Deep in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, this white coat bear roams for centuries.

The aboriginal peoples who also inhabited the forests knew of these animals existence long before the outside world did. But the group believed that the Spirit Bear is a divine being and needed to be protected. They have always been guarded with regards to the bears. Today, their believe still holds true. Fewer than 400 individual Spirit Bear live in the region and it is said that 1 out of 10 of these bears have white fur. In British Columbia, hunting the Spirit Bear is illegal and the Spirit Bear Conservancy among other groups and organizations serve to ensure the sustainability of the population.

Video by NAT GEO WILD. 

Searching for Spirit Bear in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada | Beneath The Rain Forest of North Columbia | Wildlife Documentary Films.


Tracking the Spirit Bear can be challenging, even for the experts. The bear is the subject of a great degree of study by scientists. Directed at ecotourism, visitors can come and see the mammals in their natural habitat. Tours are led by certified guides who studied the bears’ behavior. Nevertheless, spotting them require much patience and luck. Getting to their location is an adventure in itself as there are no roads leading into the Great Bear Rainforest and the only way in is by boat.


It is a special treat to watch the Spirit Bear during the Salmon run. The Spirit Bear Lodge offered by L’ EcoResorts provides a unique opportunity for travelers to explore the Great Bear Rainforest with an expert team of bear trackers and naturalist guides.


Article by: Tiffany Huggins, L’ EcoResorts