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
Alabama Mobile Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Exhibition Completed
Arizona Phoenix Arizona Science Center Exhibition Completed
California San Diego Fleet Science Center Available for Groups
California San Jose The Tech Interactive Available For Groups
Colorado Colorado Springs US Air Force Academy Now Playing
Colorado Denver Denver Museum of Nature and Science Available For Groups
Florida Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science Available for Groups
Florida Orlando Orlando Science Center Exhibition Completed
Florida St. Augustine World Golf Hall of Fame Exhibition Completed
Georgia Atlanta Fernbank Museum of Natural History Exhibition Completed
Illinois Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Exhibition Completed
Kansas Wichita Exploration Place Exhibition Completed
Maryland Baltimore Maryland Science Center Available for Groups
Massachusetts Boston Museum of Science Exhibition Completed
Michigan Benton Harbor Celebration Cinema Available for Groups
Michigan Dearborn The Henry Ford Now Playing
Michigan Grand Rapids Celebration Grand Rapids North IMAX Theater Available for Groups
Michigan Grand Rapids Celebration Rivertown Available for Groups
Michigan Grand Rapids Celebration Cinema South Available for Groups
Michigan Lansing Celebration Lansing IMAX Theater Available for Groups
Michigan Mt. Pleasant Celebration Mt. Pleasant IMAX Theater Available for Groups
Michigan Muskegon Celebration Muskegon IMAX Theater Available for Groups
Michigan Portage Celebration Portage IMAX Theater Available for Groups
Minnesota St. Paul Science Museum of Minnesota April 8, 2024
Missouri St. Louis St. Louis Science Center Exhibition Completed
Montana Yellowstone Yellowstone Giant Screen Theatre Exhibition Completed
Nebraska Hastings Hastings Museum Exhibition Completed
New Jersey Jersey City Liberty Science Center Exhibition Completed
New York Queens New York Hall of Science Exhibition Completed
North Carolina Charlotte Discovery Place Exhibition Completed
North Carolina Raleigh Marbles Kids Museum Exhibition Completed
Ohio Cincinnati Cincinnati Museum Center Available for Groups
Ohio Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center Exhibition Completed
Ohio Columbus COSI Theatre Temporarily Closed
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts Available for Groups
Tennessee Chattanooga Tennessee Aquarium Exhibition Completed
Texas Galveston Moody Gardens Exhibition Completed
Texas Houston Houston Museum of Natural Science Exhibition Completed
Texas Lubbock Science Spectrum Exhibition Completed
Virginia Hampton Virginia Air and Space Science Center Available for Groups
Virginia Richmond Science Museum of Virginia Exhibition Completed
Washington Seattle Pacific Science Center Exhibition Completed
Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Museum Exhibition Completed


Country City Theatre Open Date
Australia Melbourne IMAX Melbourne Exhibition Completed
Canada Calgary TELUS Spark Now Playing
Canada Edmonton TELUS World of Science Now Playing
Canada Gatineau Canadian Museum of History Available for Groups
Canada Montreal Montreal Science Centre Exhibition Completed
Canada Regina Saskatchewan Science Centre Exhibition Completed
Canada Sudbury Science North Exhibition Completed
Canada Toronto Ontario Science Centre Now Playing
Canada Vancouver Science World Theatre Temporarily Closed
Canada Victoria IMAX Victoria Available for Groups
China Gansu Gansu Science and Technology Museum Exhibition Completed
China Beijing China National Film Museum Now Playing
Japan Kagoshima Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall Exhibition Completed
Mexico Tijuana Centro Cultural Tijuana Exhibition Completed
Singapore Singapore Science Centre Singapore Exhibition Completed
Switzerland Lucerne Swiss Transport Museum Now Playing
Taiwan Taichung National Museum of Natural Science Exhibition Completed
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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