On the boat rides up and down Knight Inlet for the grizzly bear watching day the guides are constantly scanning the shores for black bears. This photo is of one of the few brown black bears observed in the inlet over the years.
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks for British Columbia says:
“Black bears are not always black, and this variation is most apparent in British Columbia. Other colour phases that occur in British Columbia include cinnamon, brown, and blonde. A white-coloured morph, called Kermode or Spirit Bear, is reported most frequently on the north-central coast. The blue phase, or “glacier” bear, is sometimes seen in the extreme northwest corner of the province.” Unfortunately this “brown” black bear is rarely seen in our viewing area.