Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

Coming soon to IMAX® and Giant Screen Theatres
February 2019

A Magical Environment. Unchanged for 10,000 years.

Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the all-white spirit bear — the rarest bear on earth — in the film Great Bear Rainforest. Hidden from the outside world, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the wildest places left on earth. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world—a place protected by the region’s indigenous people for millennia. Now, for the first time ever, experience this magical world in IMAX and giant screen theatres, and discover the land of the spirit bear.


Getting the Shots

Fun Fact Videos


The spirit bear is a subspecies of the North American black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. Spirit bears are only found in the Great Bear Rainforest. No one knows exactly how many spirit bears there are, but estimates range from 50 to 100. They truly are the rarest bears on earth!


Since the last Ice Age, First Nations people have lived among the bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Their living history is inseparably connected to the vibrancy of the rainforest, which they have protected for thousands of years. Today, indigenous youth are coming together and taking responsibility for this place they call home. Learn more about their work in Great Bear Rainforest.


Invite your students to have a learning experience they won’t forget! Book a field trip to see Great Bear Rainforest and become immersed in the biology, geography, environmental sciences and other key school curriculum. Download the Educator Guide (coming soon!) for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies. Schedule your field trip now by contacting your local IMAX theatre for information about special group programs.


Please check back for updates. We are still adding theatres.


State City Theatre Open Date
California San Diego Fleet Science Center TBD
Florida Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science February 15, 2019
Florida Orlando Orlando Science Center February 15, 2019
Florida St. Augustine World Golf Hall of Fame February 15, 2019
Georgia Atlanta Fernbank Museum of Natural History May 3, 2019
New Jersey Jersey City Liberty Science Center March 15, 2019
North Carolina Charlotte Discovery Place TBD
North Carolina Raleigh Marbles Kids Museum May 2019
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts February 15, 2019
Texas Lubbock Science Spectrum October 18, 2019


Country City Theatre Open Date
Canada Edmonton TELUS World of Science September 15, 2019
Canada Sudbury Science North February 15, 2019
Canada Toronto Ontario Science Centre February 15, 2019
Canada Vancouver Science World February 15, 2019
Canada Victoria IMAX Victoria February 15, 2019
Mexico Tijuana Centro Cultural February 2019
The Netherlands The Hague Omniversum October 15, 2019


Filming in the remote Great Bear Rainforest presented a unique set of challenges for filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner. Over the three years it took to make this film, the crew faced everything from extreme weather, unpredictable wildlife, and the daily rigors of being in a rugged environment far removed from modern conveniences. But this also pushed the filmmakers into fresh creative territory where every shot was carefully planned out and new filmmaking techniques were deployed. Learn more in this interview with director Ian McAllister, who has worked and lived in the rainforest for 30 years.


To learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest and how you can help protect the spirit bears and their ancient forest home, visit  Each of us can make a difference in helping preserve this unique environment, one of the last truly wild places on earth.


Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan and directed by Ian McAllister, produced by Jeff Turner and executive produced by Kyle Washington and Byron Horner. Distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.



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