Coastal Wolves

Moving like ghosts along the shoreline, these wolves forage for their meals and can swim miles between islands and rocky outcrops to feast.

Coastal wolves are one of the most elusive creatures that call The Great Bear Rainforest home. Though sightings are rare and often fleeting, they are not something you will forget.

Out in the territory we often see signs of wolves in the area, or if we’re lucky hear their haunting calls to one another. Despite their cautious nature, wolves are the apex predator in The Great Bear Rainforest, sometimes even taking on black or grizzly bears.

Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with First Nations people of the coast, who have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their cultures. Ian McAllister - The Sea Wolves

Spending time looking for wolves can be a test of patience, but being immersed in the wonder of the coastal temperate rainforest is a rewarding experience in itself.


Sea Wolves are a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation