Narrated by Ryan Reynolds

Executive Producers Kyle Washington and Byron Horner
Directed by Ian McAllister, Produced by Jeff Turner

Now Playing in IMAX® and Giant Screen Theatres

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.

Photo from 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 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.

Photo by Devin Card


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


State City Theatre Open Date
Arizona Phoenix Arizona Science Center TBD
California San Diego Fleet Science Center TBD
California San Jose The Tech Interactive TBD
Florida Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science Exhibition Completed
Florida Orlando Orlando Science Center TBD
Florida St. Augustine World Golf Hall of Fame Now Playing
Georgia Atlanta Fernbank Museum of Natural History TBD
Illinois Chicago Museum of Science and Industry August 1, 2020
Kansas Wichita Exploration Place Now Playing
Massachusetts Boston Museum of Science Exhibition Complete
Missouri Kansas City Union Station Kansas City TBD
Missouri St. Louis St. Louis Science Center Now Playing
Montana Yellowstone Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre Exhibition Complete
Nebraska Hastings Hastings Museum TBD
New Jersey Jersey City Liberty Science Center Exhibition Completed
North Carolina Charlotte Discovery Place TBD
North Carolina Raleigh Marbles Kids Museum TBD
Ohio Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center Now Playing
Ohio Columbus COSI TBD
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts TBD
Tennessee Chattanooga Tennessee Aquarium TBD
Texas Galveston Moody Gardens TBD
Texas Houston Houston Museum of Natural Science TBD
Texas Lubbock Science Spectrum TBD
Washington Seattle Pacific Science Center Exhibition Complete
Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Museum TBD


Country City Theatre Open Date
Australia Melbourne IMAX Melbourne TBD
Canada Calgary TELUS Spark Now Playing
Canada Edmonton TELUS World of Science Now Playing
Canada Gatineau Canadian Museum of History TBD
Canada Montreal Montreal Science Centre Now Playing
Canada Regina Saskatchewan Science Centre Now Playing
Canada Sudbury Science North TBD
Canada Toronto Ontario Science Centre TBD
Canada Vancouver Science World TBD
Canada Victoria IMAX Victoria Now Playing
Mexico Tijuana Centro Cultural Tijuana Exhibition Complete
Singapore Singapore Science Centre Singapore TBD
Switzerland Lucerne Swiss transport Museum Fall 2020
The Netherlands The Hague Omniversum Now Playing


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.

Photo by Deirdre Leowinata /


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.

Get the companion book! Go behind the scenes and immerse yourself in the making of this epic film. Discover fascinating facts and crew insights, learn about the people who make their home in the rainforest and are committed to its protection, and find out about the incredible challenges of filming in this remote area.



Great Bear Rainforest is a Spirit Bear Entertainment film presented by Seaspan in association with Destination BC and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.




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