In August of 1994, Khutzeymateen
was designated Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary
under the joint management of the province of
British Columbia and the Tsimshian Nation. Located
40 kilometres northeast of Prince Rupert on BC's
northern coast, Khutzeymateen, a Tsimshian word
meaning a confined space of salmon and bears,
provides about 45 000 hectares of protected wilderness
for the grizzly - a species at risk.
The valley's rich wildlife population includes
moose, wolves, migrating owls, grouse, shorebirds,
geese, harlequin ducks, kingfishers, harbour seals,
orca and humpback whales along the coast. With
its dense rain forest, river mouth estuary and
ocean fjord, the park sanctuary is able to provide
refuge for about 50 grizzlies.