There’s no better place in Canada to spot wildlife than British Columbia. Thanks to its diverse landscapes, ranging from coastal rainforests and wild beaches to alpine meadows ringed with moss-clad peaks, a total of 1,100 different species of animals live here, including grizzly bears, eagles, wolves, moose, orcas, bighorn sheep and caribou. In the 16-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest, a protected sweep of old-growth trees, rugged islands and fjords, you can track down the elusive Kermode ‘spirit’ bear. This unique subspecies of black bear has unusual creamy-white fur, the result of carrying a recessive gene. As spirit bears can only be seen here, watching one in the wild is an exclusively British Columbian experience.