Land of the spirit bear. A magical environment. Unchanged for 10,000 years.
Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on Earth — in the giant-screen film Great Bear Rainforest. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on this planet. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world — a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia.
Now, for the first time ever, you can discover the land of the spirit bear for yourself, via the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre’s newly renovated theatre.
What is a spirit bear?
A spirit bear is a subspecies of the North American black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. Spirit bears are only found in the Great Bear Rainforest. No one knows exactly how many spirit bears there are, but estimates range from 50 to 100. They truly are the rarest bears on Earth!
Guardians of the forest.
Since the last Ice Age, First Nations people have lived among the bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Their living history is inseparably connected to the vibrancy of the rainforest, which they have protected for thousands of years. Today, indigenous youth are coming together and taking responsibility for this place they call home.
Filming in the rainforest.
Filming in the remote Great Bear Rainforest presented a unique set of challenges for filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner. Over the three years it took to make this film, the crew faced everything from extreme weather, unpredictable wildlife, and the daily rigors of being in a rugged environment far removed from modern conveniences. But this also pushed the filmmakers into fresh creative territory where every shot was carefully planned out and new filmmaking techniques were deployed.
All photos courtesy of Ian McAllister / PacificWild.org