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Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada

The First Nations village of Klemtu is nestled in a small harbor along the shores of Swindle Island in British Columbia's coastal mountains. It sits in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, the world's largest intact temperate old-growth rainforest. With no accessibility other than by boat or float-plane, this remote village is home to the Kitasoo and Xai'xais people. When visiting First Nations communities such as Klemtu, a visit to the 'big house' is always in order. Used for cultural and social events, it is the hub of the community and is a work of art in its own right.


Located in Klemtu is Spirit Bear Lodge, offering tours into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the white Spirit or Kermode bear. This rare subspecies of the North American black bear has long been a sacred animal to the local people and sighting one is a highlight for wildlife enthusiasts.