Where the Ocean Meets the Rainforest

Between Vancouver island and Alaska, the mainland BC coast winds through a 250-mile wonderland of forested islands and inlets every bit as enchanting as the southern half, but still very much as nature created it, a wonderfully complex and delicate rainforest masterpiece ten thousand years in the making. The area is one of the northern hemisphere's richest unprotected wildlife habitats, the home of Canada's largest grizzly bears as well as the rare all-white spirit or Kermode bear.

Ian McAllister has spent over ten years exploring, photographing and researching this once-forgotten coast. His has captured many extraordinary sights, including wild bears, lush river valleys where grizzly bears feast on salmon, dramatic Coast Range mountaintops, exotic plants of the ancient rainforest, and some of the most magnificent coastline in Canada.

Discover where the ocean meets the rainforest.

Ian McAllister


Director of the Great Bear Rainforest film, Ian is a co-founder and Executive Director of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild. An award-winning photographer, film maker, and author of nine books, his images have appeared in publications around the world. He is a Fellow of the International Legue of Conservation Photographers and the Royal Geographical Society.

Great Bear Rainforest is now playing in the OMNIMAX Theatre.

All Photography © Ian McAllister