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Right now Vancouver has a lot of these bear statues spread around the city - all part of a program to do something fun for tourists and also raise money for charity. The Kermode Bear, also known as the Spirit Bear, is known for it's rare white colour (no, this is not a polar bear that got lost, it's a different species that lives in the coastal rainforest of BC). Native aboriginal peoples believe that the Creator made Spirit Bears white to remind us of the time that world was pure, and covered in snow and glaciers.

Local artists were used to create unique designs on the bears which were then sponsored and spread around the city. Each bear is like an artist's canvas, with it's own paint job. I think that a similar program was run in Toronto using moose. Whatever the reason for their existence, they are a colourful and whimsical addition to the city landscape.

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