The Great Bear Rainforest

Canada's Forgotten Coast

If you are interested in learning more about wildlife, communities and conservation on the north and central B.C. coast, The Great Bear Rainforest, by Ian and Karen McAllister with Cameron Young is a wonderful introduction. In beautiful imagery prose, the book chronicles Ian and Karen's initial explorations of the coast's islands and river valleys, region by region, complete with excellent maps. Winner of the B.C. Bookseller’s Choice Award, the book has now been reprinted with a new cover and updated postscript.

Reviews for The Great Bear Rainforest

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, the 150 images captured by the McAllisters’ cameras present an almost insurmountable obstacle to those who would argue that there is nothing special or unique about the north coast. Make no mistake. This book will be a prize winner.”


“[The Great Bear Rainforest] is an area of unparalleled natural splendour, as the McAllisters show through inspiring photography and personal recollections of seven years of journeying by trimaran to the coastal rainforest.”


“Ian and Karen McAllister, with their collaborator Cameron Young, have produced a splendid guided tour through the Great Bear Rainforest, a well-written expose of past and pending extinctions, and a reasoned proposal for leaving enough space for big trees and big bears to survive together.”


“This beautiful book on an endangered corner of British Columbia that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. calls ‘the planet’s last large expanse of coastal temperate rainforest’ includes wilderness photos that would move even the most stone-hearted timber magnate to sorrow.”


“A book can still change the world. Ian and Karen McAllister’s The Great Bear Rainforest, co-authored with Cameron Young, is having a major impact around the world.”