The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia is the largest piece of intact temperate rainforest in the world. Towering forested mountains give way to richly diverse river valleys and estuaries teaming with sea life. The area is home to eagles, wolves, cougars, grizzly bears, black bears and the elusive Spirit Bear – one of the great preserves of wild animals in the northern hemisphere.
Spirit Bear Lodge is on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, which is home to orca and humpback whales that hunt and forage in the complex of fjords and channels. This trip is an exclusive chance to discover the elusive Spirit Bear.
The Kitasoo Xai-Xais people share their ancient homeland with the Spirit Bear. According to legend, the local people believe that raven made one out of every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered their territory so they can be grateful for the lush and bountiful land of today. They believe the Spirit Bear holds supernatural powers.
The Kitasoo Xai-Xais people have lived in harmony with the creatures around them since time immemorial. Kitasoo Xai’xais culture is integrated into each day through spending time with local guides, visiting cultural sites, and learning the history of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people.