Stretching along the BC coast from Vancouver Island’s northern tip to the Alaska panhandle, the Great Bear Rainforest represents 25 percent of the world’s remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforests. Home to more than 230 species of birds and 68 species of mammals, it's the largest intact temperate rainforest left anywhere on Earth. The bears and the wolves that roam the Great Bear Rainforest are brought to life on the pages of these books.


"With so much at stake, [The Salmon Bears’] urgent messages are worth repeating for every generation. Highly Recommended. —CM Magazine, April 16, 2010




My Great Bear Rainforest

This series of photographic picture books displays the wonders of the Great Bear Rainforest for readers ages 5–8.


A Whale's World (Coming Fall 2018): Stunning photographs follow a pod of orcas as they roam the waters of the Great Bear Sea, hunting for their next meal.


The Seal Garden (Spring 2018): When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it's the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter to sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. Ian McAllister's glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge.


In A Bear's Life (Fall 2017), readers will step into the British Columbia wilderness, where thousands of bears—black bears, grizzly bears and spirit bears—make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. What fills the days of bear cubs here? Catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps.


In Wolf Island (Spring 2017), Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast.




The Salmon Bears

The Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's central coast is home to one of the world's last significant populations of wild bears: grizzlies, blacks and spirit bears.

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The Sea Wolves

The coastal wolf, a genetically distinct strain that swims and fishes, inhabits the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia's rugged west coast.

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The Great Bear Sea

Explore the relationship between the Great Bear Sea and the rainforest it nourishes.

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ERAC Approved

Both The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves are ERAC approved. ERAC is a consortium of British Columbia public school districts and independent schools that work together cooperatively. The goal is to ensure that BC K—12 schools have access to appropriate learning resources. ERAC approval is a rigorous, criteria-based evaluation process. Using BC classroom teachers as evaluators who have been trained by ERAC means that products have met ERAC standards and are appropriate for use in BC classrooms.

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Get the Books

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Purchase The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves, The Great Bear Sea and Wolf Island. Available in print and digital editions. Discounts available for schools and libraries.

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Teachers’ Guides

Use Great Bear books in your classroom? Download our teachers' guides for The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves.

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Nowhere Else On Earth


A hands-on guide to the magic and majesty of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, with suggestions for activism in any community.

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