Nature’s “gone wild”!

With the onset of fall, comes many a magical thing in the Great Bear Rainforest. Mystical mornings, wild creatures and a plethora of opportunities for the avid photographer…

It is all about the wildlife these days in Barnard Harbour. With the decrease in ocean fishing opportunities comes a rise in a variety of other activities that require just as much time and patience as catching the big one! If pictures really are worth 1000 words, then there really isn’t much to say about what our guests have been doing over the last few weeks. Enjoy these shots taken by staff and guests!

“Foggy morning in the Harbor”

Captured by Kathy Richardson

“Bear viewing at Ryordan”

“Petroglyphs at Old Town”

“Drifting the Khutze river”

“Grizzly Country”


“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~ E.E Cummings

Beautiful British Columbia…

It’s that time of year again… the salmon have begun their journey to their spawning grounds and with that brings a whole new dynamic to the rainforest. The bears are heading the the creeks to feed, the whales are starting their annual migration and the guests and crew alike are out and about to witness it all!

Guests in Cameron Cove were delighted and surprised with the early arrival of the spirit bear. Frequent sightings have sent many of our guests for a kayak and hike into the rainforest with cameras ready… Thank you to guests and staff for these amazing shots!

“A recessive gene causes 1 in 10 cubs to be born cream coloured”

“Rarer than a panda bear, under 400 white bears live in the Great Bear Rainforest”

“Raven made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land and how the people should be thankful of the lush and bountiful land of today.” ~ Tsimshian Lore

“The spirit bear enjoys a salmon feast!”

The bears aren’t the only ones foraging for food these days. A team of staff members, led by our talented pastry chef, and founder of Growing Chefs (, Merri Schwartz are participating in a week long “Local Food Challenge”! This isn’t Merri’s first GBR food challenge and in order to ensure our team is well nourished they have decided to compliment their local harvest with items from other BC farms. Miners lettuce, huckleberries, sea cucumber and cockles are amongst the items they have been tasting on a daily basis and our Chefs have become creative and cured coho salmon with stink currants and balsam fir for them to enjoy. Not only does this challenge bring light to the importance of sustainable eating and sourcing quality ingredients but also on the First Nations reliance on the food from this area. Congratulation to the girls on their inspiring challenge!

“The first lunch of the challenge”

Our guests have been enjoying the fruits of the forest too! Charlotte made herself quite at home during her family holiday… Not only was she a joy to host but she also became an honorary Assistant Lodge Manager and was quite helpful around the lodge! When she had some time off from her new job, she went out into the wilderness in search of wildlife and found herself some berries too!

Charlotte’s brother (the assistant, to the assistant lodge manager!) had his fair share of “time off” too during his holiday and chose to work on his fishing techniques in the intertidal zones…

“All in a days work…”

The sun has been shining and a heatwave hit Barnard Harbour for a few days! The blue skies have meant lots of helicopter activity for those at the lodge…

The rivers are teeming with salmon and one group headed straight for the Green River for to drift and to try their hand at fly fishing!

“Not a bad place for an afternoon nap either…”

King Pacific Lodge is a  magical place to spend your birthday, and what better way to celebrate than on a heli hike! With the amazing weather, we took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Khutze Glacier and what an amazing day it was. Happy 69th, Penny!

“Can you spot the heli?”

“Let the hiking begin!”

“The view from the top!”

Even our Adventure Guide, Liam, was blown away by the stunning scenery and took some time to reflect…

“I love my job!!!”

It is days like these that remind us how amazing the natural world can be. We wake up to a beautiful morning, we see the wonders of the North West coast, and we enjoy an evening sunset that makes us say “thank you” for having the opportunity to be here and share it with all of our guests.

Captured by Jon Currie

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” -Ralph Waldo Emerson