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Kermode bear in the Great Bear Rainforest
(Steve Herington/All Canada Photos)

Klemtu

Geography

The community of Klemtu is located on the northeast shore of Swindle Island on a remote coast of British Columbia.

Here, the rolling foothills part to reveal the jagged snow capped peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range to the west.

This is a land of fjords, left behind by glacier melt during the Pleistocene Epoch. Warm Pacific currents nurture the abundant wildlife that calls this ancient land home. Numerous waterfalls plunge deep into the Pacific. Towering cedar trees crowd the shorelines. Ancient Sitka spruce and craggy hemlock drip with moss, creating an ethereal green light in the middle of the day.

Village of Klemtu

The village of Klemtu, split into two sections, rambles along the sloped shoreline of a large natural harbour. The north part of the village accommodates the BC Ferries dock and the public wharf, with a backdrop of homes built on a gradual rise. A magnificent Big House perches on the granite rocks of the southern arm of the bay, flanked by the southern portion of the village. The ancient rainforest crowds close to shore in between, allowing only a ribbon of road along the shoreline to connect the two.

Great Bear Rainforest

The north shore of Swindle Island is directly adjacent to Princess Royal Island, home to the mystical Kermode (Spirit) bear, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Stretching from Knight Inlet to the Alaskan border, the area is part of one of the world's largest continuous tracts of intact temperate rainforest left.

Climate and Weather

Klemtu is located in one of the wettest bio-geo-climatic zones in British Columbia. Summers are cool with average daytime temperatures of 20°C/68°F. Winter temperatures can hover around 10°C/50°F, but plunge to -10°C/14°F when the winds blow from the north.

Visitors can expect rainfall nearly every day outside of the summer season. Precipitation averages about 3,000mm/118in of rain and snow a year. It is important to remember that, regardless of the time of year, dressing in layers and carrying rain gear are critical to ensure enjoyment of this area.