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Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge

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Country
Canada
Travel Departs
Vancouver Airport
Travel Ends
Vancouver Airport
Travel Periods
21 May 2022- 14 Oct 2022
Experience
Wildlife
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Located in the southern reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest, Knight Inlet Lodge is the preeminent grizzly bear and wildlife viewing lodge on the British Columbia coast.

Highlights

3 night at the stunning 4-star Knight Inlet Lodge

Return flight to Vancouver included

Guided Bear Viewing Tour

All meals included while staying at the Knight Inlet Lodge

This wild and remote inlet is located 80km by air north of Campbell River, British Columbia. At 125km in length, this inlet is one of the largest on the BC coast and features towering snow-capped granite cliffs, waterfalls and glaciers. Knight Inlet, the traditional territory of the Da’ naxda’ xw Awaetlala First Nation, is home to an abundance of grizzly bears as well as killer whales, humpback whales, porpoises, dolphins, salmon, seals and sea lions.

Spring and Summer Grizzlies feed on the cove’s abundance of sedge grasses, berries and shellfish in the intertidal zone. During this time, the bears can be seen by boat on the banks of Glendale Cove. The returning salmon in the fall provide the high fat, high protein food source required for winter hibernation. In the fall, the bears can be seen in large numbers from the specially constructed viewing platform.

Situated 60kms from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure.

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Included

1 night in Campbell River at the Comfort Inn & Suites
3 nights in Knight Inlet at Knight Inlet Lodge
Return flight from Vancouver to Campbell River
Return floatplane from Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge
Ground transportation in Campbell River
Full board at Knight Inlet Lodge
Bear viewing tours
Scenic cruise of Knight Inlet
Wildlife tracking and Interpretive forest walks
Kayak tour of Glendale Cove
Day 1
Vancouver Airport → Campbell River

Afternoon departure from Vancouver International Airport (South Terminal) for a 40-minute flight to Campbell River. Upon arrival, transfer (included) to your overnight accommodation in Campbell River.

Overnight stay in Campbell River at the Comfort Inn & Suites
 

Vancouver Airport → Campbell River
Credit: Destination BC | Boomer Jerritt
Day 2
Campbell River → Knight Inlet

This morning, transfer (included) from Campbell River accommodation to floatplane base. Fly 25 minutes to Knight Inlet, a remote fjord and natural habitat of the grizzly bear.

Once settled in at the lodge, and following a brief orientation, you will embark on a small boat excursion in the estuary. Two 2-hour tours follow in the afternoon; one of these tours is a Bearviewing tour (by boat in the spring and summer and on a viewing platform from late August to October), and the other will be a Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise. You will be accompanied on all excursions by a knowledgeable guide trained in the local wildlife and natural history of the area. In the evening relax in the lounge while enjoying an interpretive presentation by one of the guides.

Overnight stay at Knight Inlet Lodge.

Lunch, Dinner
Campbell River → Knight Inlet
Credit: Knight Inlet Lodge
Day 3 - 4
Knight Inlet

Each day at the Lodge you will experience one bear viewing tour, along with a choice of excursions for other wildlife viewing, depending on location and availability. Choices may include:

Excursion to Johnstone Strait for marine wildlife viewing

Knight Inlet Lodge is one of a very few locations in the world where you can combine marine tours, whale watching and grizzly bear viewing. From May to mid-October, the Lodge offers daily marine wildlife watching tours in magnificent Johnstone Strait.

Scenic Cruise of Knight Inlet

Take a spectacular 2-hour scenic cruise through Knight Inlet, enjoying its natural wonders – waterfalls plummeting out of sheer rock faces, ancient glaciers carving through the mountains, and wild rivers teeming with life. 

Interpretive Forest Walks

Take a walk in an ancient, old-growth rainforest in the pristine Kwalate valley, a 20-minute boat ride from the lodge. We will walk up the valley along the beautiful Kwalate River to see giant moss-covered trees and stunning waterfalls, and learn about the rainforest and the various plants and wildlife that abound here.

Sea Kayaking in Glendale Cove

Drifting quietly in your sea kayak, you will see grizzly bears foraging along the shoreline near our lodge. Never kayaked before? No problem. We operate in a sheltered cove in calm water, and our trained guides will coach you in the fundamentals of sea kayaking so that you feel confident to paddle these seaworthy craft. 

Overnight stay at Knight Inlet Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Knight Inlet
Credit: Knight Inlet Falls
Day 5
Knight Inlet → Vancouver

In the morning, enjoy one final tour of the estuary. This can be by small boat or by kayak, your choice. Departure from the lodge is around 10.15am and returning to Campbell River around 10.45am. On arrival, transfer to the local airport for your return flight to Vancouver.

Breakfast
Knight Inlet → Vancouver

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars

Hotel options

Knight Inlet Lodge
Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet
Situated 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. Our floating resort is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day's adventure. The lodge is a modern one story facility consisting of 5 cement floats, we like to call ourselves a floating village, plus support buidlings. All guest rooms feature comfortable queen size beds plus private washrooms with showers. The resort is finished with western cedar board and batten siding to give it a real west coast British Columbia look and feel.  There are 2 outside deck areas, one complete with gas fireplace, for relaxing on those warm summer evenings.

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Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge

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Important notes

  • Departure from Knight Inlet is at approximately 10.00am with arrival back in Campbell River at
    11.00am.
  • Check-in baggage allowance is limited to 30 lbs (14 kgs) per passenger plus a small carry-on.
  • There is no mobile phone coverage, wi-fi or internet access once at the lodge.
  • Minimum child age is 6 yrs (May 21 - Aug 30) during boat viewing season and 8 yrs old (Aug 31 - Oct 15) during platform viewing season.

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