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The Great Bear Sea

No place for an oil pipeline

The Great Bear region of British Columbia’s north coast is one of Canada’s ecological treasures. Here one of the world’s last intact temperate rainforests meets some of the planet’s last large wild rivers and most productive coldwater seas. This is no place for an oil pipeline.



All five species of Pacific salmon are found here. It’s home to humpback and orca whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises. Extraordinary animals like Pacific coastal wolves and the rare white Spirit Bears live nowhere else on Earth.

This is one of the richest and most spectacular ecosystems on our planet. And its future is in our hands.

Raise your voice to protect the Great Bear Sea

The Northern Gateway Project proposes to build twin pipelines from the Alberta tar sands through the Great Bear Sea, to the B.C. coast. The 1,170-kilometre route would bisect the rainforest. The pipelines would transport toxic oil sands bitumen across hundreds of salmon streams. The pipeline would bring as many as 220 supersized oil tankers into B.C.’s sensitive coastal waters every year.



Find out what’s at stake in the Great Bear Sea

UBC study shows costs of an oil spill clean-up outweigh the economic benefits of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline



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Spirit Bear fishing in the Great Bear Rainforest
© Natalie Bowes / WWF-Canada



Canada's Great Bear Region - Land & Sea