The earth’s largest remaining temperate rain forest covers British Columbia’s coast and most of southeastern Alaska, blanketing the shores along the Inside Passage. Look for bears grown fat on the glut of salmon—five Pacific species of salmon appear here!—and misty, mysterious vistas among the verdant green and 1,000-year-old cedars. Called the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada, the ecosystem changes names at the border, going by Tongass National Forest on the American side (it's named for a Tlingit group near modern-day Ketchikan).
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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