Great Bear Rainforest

June 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

An early morning in the Khutzeymateen is a magical experience.  Here in the heart of Great Bear Rainforest, the north coast of British Columbia, nature exists as it has for millennia.  Protected from the outside world, wolves, grizzly bears, otters and bald eagles can go about their daily routines without fear from humankind.  One very special morning we slowly drifted along the estuary and came to rest on the banks of verdant sedge grasses.  Here we would sit, rest and observe wildlife starting their day.  In no time whatsoever we spotted a female grizzly bear with her two cubs in tow about 200 metres away.  Even through the binoculars they were incredible, however that would not be the extent of our memorable encounter.  The mother grizzly actually weaved her way slowly and assuredly through the sedges often stopping to graze and lead her cubs closer and closer.  Always raising her attentive nose to further assess the situation, she brought her cubs within 7 metres of our tiny zodiac.  It was here that we had unsurpassed front row seats to one of nature’s great spectacles and species.  To our delight we watched quietly as mother fed and the two rambunctious young cubs played together rolling around in thick sedge grass.  They would often look up to see if we were still intrigued and would chase each other around their powerful mom.  After awhile she slowly lead her cubs away to find other succulent riches along the shoreline.  And we were left with an incredible experience observing these great denizens of the rainforest relaxed at close range.   I hope to one day visit again and watch these and other cubs grow to be the great guardians of this special land.    


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