More Information About the Johnstone Strait British Columbia, B.C.
THE JOHNSTONE STRAIT
Johnstone Strait makes up the inside passage between north eastern Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. These dynamic waterways are influenced by cool coastal climates and currents driven by the Pacific Ocean creating one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems in North America. Journeys through the strait offer a variety of opportunities for wildlife viewing and are rich in cultural history. Archaeological features can be seen through Johnstone Strait and surrounding fjords and inlets, such as Mamalilaculla Village, consisting of middens and old totem poles giving its visitors a glimpse into the past.
BC’s northern resident population of killer whales (Orcinus orca) is a common occurrence in Johnstone Strait, utilizing one of Canada’s ecological reserves – Robson Bight – which was set aside for the protection of this population. Black bears (Ursus americanus) are also a common sighting along the shorelines. Visitors should always be aware of wildlife interactions that may occur and respect the habitats of these majestic creatures.
Bears in BC:
Black Bears (Ursus americanus) are one of two species of bear that exist in British Columbia. Grizzly Bears (Ursus arctos) inhabit the continental mainland of British Columbia and the Unites States and unlike the black bear, do not inhabit Vancouver Island.
Black bears are a common occurrence along the coastlines and rivers of BC, feeding on salmon and berries and other shrubs and forbs throughout the spring, summer and fall. Coastal bears play a vital role in the ecology of coastal habitats. Their preference to the brains and eggs of salmon leaves the remaining bodies to decompose providing essential nutrients to the soil and vegetation, contributing to the diversity of the lush temperate rainforests of BC’s coasts.