Photos: Great Bear Rainforest in B.C. faces oil pipeline proposal

A group of activist photographers from around the world has released a selection of stunning images captured in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The photographers—all members of the International League of Conservation Photographers and including a few National Geographic shooters—hope their work will raise awareness of the potential impact of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

If it's built, the pipeline will connect the Alberta tar sands with Kitimat, and bring oil tankers to B.C.’s central and north coast.

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skeena fisherman
Three friends and I hiked, canoed kayaked and fished this area in 1983. We saw wolves, bears, deer and salmon on our week long journey. We traveled from the west side from Clemen's Rapids to the Kanoona River. We came across letters and bill of lading from the early 1900's when the Surf Inlet Gold Mine was in production. This was at Paradise Lake. The Surf Inlet was dammed so that the barges carrying the gold could be floated to the dam and down into the inlet to offload their tailings.
The letters and documents we found were turned over to the Kitimat Historical Society. There was a bottle dump with all kinds of 1890-1920 bottles with medicine, booze and soda pop labels on them. We couldn't pack them out so we buried them near the mouth of the Paradise River. Email me at for the location. I also have pictures of the electric tram line that the miners used to get the ore from the mine to the barges.
I have some of the smaller bottles that I could pack out and they are on my bookshelf in my basement.
It must have been hard work for those that lived in the camp at Paradise that we saw but what a wonderful place to spend your youth with the wildlife, the fish and the scenery! I'd do it all again in an instant. (If I was physically able to) It seemed to me it was all shut down just before the start of WWll
If you want some photos, email me to the above address.

Clayton Lloyd-Jones

I coined our group the PRICKS

P rincess
R oyal
I sland
C anoe &
K ayak
S ociety
We even have the T=shirts.

Cheers to Gary, Bruce and Detlaf
Rating: +5
They should not be allowed to put an oil pipeline through this area, ever. It will be a crime if they do.
Rating: +10
island girl
Do some magic photo-shop work and show one or two places covered in oil ...big dripping gunky oil patches covering a beautiful beach ...could be very effective.
Rating: -7
Kudos to iLCPhotographers for capturing the pristine beauty of our land. Don't let greed destroy our future generations for the gain of a few privileged entities.
Rating: +10
Hows Blessed Are We?
when I looked through those pictures my mind traveled to a beautiful place in the sky, a place some would could call heaven on earth.
How could anyone think that a pipeline in the forest would be okay, and its not even BC's oil or rail whose is making off the sale of bituminous sands to China but even profit dosen't make it right when the risks out way the benefits witch are pretty much nill. I can't imagine the damage that could be done it is to horrific in the mind especially after all the magnificence and splendor in those photos but I do see a spill happening so the pipeline must be stopped as it is beyond a travesty on earth.
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Kristina Hockley
This place is one of BC's finest. These photos do their part capturing the mysteries, raw wilderness, and natural density that makes it so unique. Better to spend a moment of our time protecting it now before the tar sand grows a potentially toxic arm out to the Pacific Ocean. Write the PM and Premier, tell Enbridge you are not ok with this project, support the communities that the pipeline plans to run over. SPEAK UP for goodness sakes before the destruction pushes forward to the point of no return!
Rating: -1
Loretta R
Fabulous photos! Thank you.
Living in the city makes it easy to forget what nature really looks like. The beauty of the images also reminded me of the freshness of the air when it's still clean. I remember being able to identify hundreds of individual smells from my childhood surroundings; old wood, new growth, different kinds of soil, ferns, water, rocks... everything has a smell. Not so in the city.
Rating: +2
Fantastic shots! This is my back yard! I live in Kitimat and definately do not want a pipeline coming through here.
Rating: +7
Please everyone write your newspapers, municipalities, provincial and federal governments. Many people think this Enbridge proposal is a done deal because of our thirst for oil on this planet but we have to demand more brain-power and investment be spent on conservation and new technologies reducing our addiction to the black stuff....we can do it if there is a common will that is translated to public policy! Go to and take action to stop this expansion of the tar sands into BC!
Rating: +7
Here's what BC can expect if tar sands and oil tankers come to our coast.

Not worth it for a few short term dollars.
Rating: +14
Amareesh Leib
Thanx for these gorgeous pics!
Lets take action, yes!
Rating: -18
All the provincial government has to say is NO. We won't be hearing anything like that because, mr. enviornment, Campbell wants the line to go through. Now why would any body want an oil pipe line going through such pristine wilderness? Only greedy people who give no thought to the future and their grandchildren.
This pipe line will take oil from the tar sands in Alberta and export it. Now why does Canada permit oil to be taken out of the country at such a huge expense to our enviornment?
If the world is truly running out of oil why wouldn't our government keep this oil in reserve for the future? its either we are not running out of oil or they don't care about the future of the enviornment or care more for their financial backers.
China has already bought into the Alberta tar sands and is in the process of buying more. Yet the company refuses to deal with Alberta's version of Workers' Compensation in a case involving the death of four foriegn workers.
Now of course this brings me to the next question. If the tar sands are to provide jobs for Canadians what are foreign workers doing there.
So it looks to me like there are a lot of things at play here and none of them caring for the enviornment.
To build a pipe line through this area is criminal.
When the next election comes please remember to vote and when you make your decision, remember what politicians did not stand up for the enviornment.
Rating: +10
This beautiful forest must not be ruined, disturbed or destroyed.
Rating: +5
let the the pipeline be built, environmental oposition is being funded by US interest wishing to prevent sale of Canadian oil at market prices
Rating: +11
so when do i get paid by this "US interest"?
Rating: -2
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