The Great Bear Rainforest


The Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) was originally established through land-use decisions first announced in 2006. In early 2016, after extensive discussions with First Nations and stakeholders, a final ecosystem-based management system was agreed to and additional new areas will be protected.

Under the Great Bear Rainforest land use order, 85% of the forest is now protected and 15% will be available for logging, supporting local jobs. The area available for logging is under the strictest logging rules in North America. The GBR is globally recognized for its unique biodiversity and is one of the largest intact tracts of coastal temperate rainforest in the world.

The GBR covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast, and is home to 26 separate First Nations. Ecosystem-based management in the area is defined as “concurrent achievement of high levels of ecological integrity and high levels of human well-being.”

To commemorate the achievement and celebrate the recent endorsement by The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, the Province is establishing a new $1-million Great Bear Rainforest Education and Awareness Trust. More information about the Great Bear Rainforest is online, here.

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiling the Queens Commonwealth Canopy plaque during their visit to the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada.

Photo: Royal Communications

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