WITH A SPIRITUAL BEARFACE TO FACE

In September 2014, we visited the Big Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of Canada for the first time. We didn’t know much about this region, as it is not very strong in international tourism yet, but this fact made it more attractive to us. This unique landscape is one of the last large continuous cold rainforests in the world, so we were confident that we would be able to discover a variety of animals and plants there.

When we arrived at the Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, where we wanted to start our excursions with bear, it started raining, but it seemed very suitable for the rainforest. Since we have also heard about Spirit Bear, which are black and white bear, we were very curious to take a look at these rare animals

When we went on tour the next morning, the sky was gray, but it was dry.so we rode for about an hour in our small boat until we reached one of the many small islands that make up this region.

What we saw was simply stunning: salmon jumped, eagles circled above us, we saw humpback on the horizon. We feel as if we have been thrown into a fairyland.

When we went ashore, we felt that this place was special. We were immersed in silence, which was not oppressive, but there was respect in it.

Just a few moments after we reached the place that was supposed to be our day observation post, we were greeted by a black bear. He was calmly eating salmon about 20 meter ahead of us.

It was awesome to see how close this animal came to us without feeling disturbed by our presence.

But then we held our breath – a spirit bear came out of the forest!

Her white robe shone right against the background of dark trees. It was not as massive as its black counterpart, and, despite its color, had no resemblance to a polar bear.

When he noticed us, he was attentive, but not scared.

He slowly began to approach us, at first very hesitantly, then more and more resolutely.

At every step he stopped to look at us, and once even stood on his hind legs to see better. She was one of the most beautiful creatures we’ve ever seen, and there was nothing threatening coming from her.

We sat there in silence and seemed delighted when he came up. I put the camera aside very quickly because I was too fascinated by this beautiful animal. After a while, he moved away from me by almost five meter. Then he stopped and looked calmly into my eyes.

I will never forget this feeling in my whole life. I would never have dreamed of such a tense and peaceful time! After watching me for a long time, he turned around and slowly walked to the river to fish. I was indescribably happy. We watched him deftly catch salmon in the raging water, and then disappear again with his prey into the deep forest.

He came back several times that day, and when we left his territory, it was almost like saying goodbye to an old friend.

We know that we will return to the and beautiful forest of Spiritual Bears, as part of us remained there

This unique and untouched region is important and in peril for all of us. If you want to learn more about him and take measures to ensure his safety, visit the Pacific Wild website. Ian McAllister and his team are doing a great job of saving the Big Bear Rainforest, and you will also find many wonderful photos and stories about the area and its inhabitants. I met Karen McAllister during my visit and I really have to thank her for her kindness and her endless hard work. I would also like to thank the Chilcotin Caribbean Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA), which made this visit possible for us.