Spirit Bear - Centennial Arena
Elizabeth Hollick painted this bear statue that stands over seven feet tall. This spirit bear is located inside Centennial Arena in White Rock.
The Kermode or Spirit Bear is a black bear that has white fur due to a rare genetic trait. The bear is not albino, as it typically has a brown nose and eyes. It is named after Frank Kermode, former director of the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria.
The greatest concentration of Spirit Bears are found on the Central Coast and North Coast of British Columbia, Canada, but have been documented in northeast British Columbia and as far east in North America as Minnesota.
It is illegal to hunt the Spirit Bear in B.C.
In British Columbia, the greatest number of Spirit Bears are found on Princess Royal Island, where as many as one-tenth of the black bears born are white.
The Spirit Bear, like most black bears, weighs about half a pound when born and generally between 150-300 pounds when fully grown.
Listing last confirmed: Jul. 22, 2011