The Khutzeymateen Provincial Park, or the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, was established as a Class A Park in 1994 and was the first area in Canada to be protected specifically for grizzly bears and their habitat.
This Grizzly Bear Sanctuary also represents the first undisturbed estuary of its size to be protected along the north coast of British Columbia. The topography of this mythical land and marine sanctuary is diverse, with rugged peaks towering to 2100 metres above a valley of verdant wetlands, old growth temperate rainforests, and a large pristine river estuary. It is a haven for one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in Canada and an abundance of other wildlife calls this area home.
The Khutzeymateen group of protected areas continues to play a key role in the conservation of grizzly bears in North America by protecting a large part of the ecosystem in which the bears live—grizzly bears depend on a healthy and fully functioning ecosystem which supports a variety of animals and enough viable habitat.
Furthermore, Coast Tsimshian First Nations depend upon this area, as they have for thousands of years, as the source of their social, economic, and cultural prosperity. Coast Tsimshian continue to conduct traditional activities in the K’tzim-a-deen and provide public education to explain their relationship to the area.
The Grizzly Bear Sanctuary continues to offer incredible opportunities to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat. Human use of the area focuses on bear viewing, natural and cultural education, and traditional activities. Here, we witness man and nature peacefully linked.