Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet

Set out in search of one the world’s great wilderness spectacles - grizzlies feasting on spawning salmon!
Welcome to Knight Inlet Lodge in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy one of the premier grizzly bear viewing holiday spots in the world, set amidst the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline. Knight Inlet Lodge. Located 80 kilometres, north of Campbell River, British Columbia is a wild and remote area of the Pacific Northwest known as Knight Inlet. Tucked into Glendale Cove 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet is our floating wilderness resort called Knight Inlet Lodge!
4 Days from $2635/person CAD

Primary Location

Knight Inlet, British Columbia

Departures

Seasonality runs from May 21 to October 15, 2022

Included:

  • 1-night accommodation in Campbell River at the Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Return airfare from Campbell River Float Plane dock to Knight Inlet Lodge
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at Knight Inlet Lodge in a comfortable room with private bathroom and shower
  • Welcome orientation and safety briefing
  • All meals and snacks while at the lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Complimentary house wine with dinner
  • All transportation for programs and activities
  • Bear viewing tour by boat in the spring and summer and at viewing stands from August 25 on. One excursion per day at the lodge, excluding departure day, to the viewing stands starting August 25
  • Scenic boat tour of Knight Inlet
  • Extra bear viewing trip(s)
  • Interpretive hike of the Kwalate River Valley
  • Wildlife tracking tour to make plaster casts of animal prints
  • Interpretive forest walks in the Glendale Cove area
  • Kayak tour of Glendale Cove
  • Rain gear if required
  • Evening interpretive program
  • Interpretive Guide on all tours
  • Parking for your car at the floatplane base
  • Extra luggage storage at the floatplane base
  • Transfers from the Campbell River airport to the hotel, hotel to the floatplane and return to the airport for guests that fly to Campbell River
  • The following fees are included - B.C. Provincial Hotel Fee, B.C. Backcountry Permit Fee, Municipal Fee, First Nations Land Access Fee, Staff Gratuity, Environmental / Research Fee and Bear Viewing License

Not Included:

  • Applicable Government taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages (except wine with dinner etc.)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

Contact us for more information and pricing!

  • All of the packages begin with your arrival in Campbell River, Vancouver Island and include a one night stay there. You must stay the night prior to departing for Knight Inlet in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, B.C. as your floatplane journey starts too early in the morning to make connections from anywhere. As there are no roads to the wilderness lodge a short, 25 minute, floatplane flight is the only way to visit
  • A low to moderate level of physical fitness is required for all tours including the ability to walk approximately 100 to 200 meters on the uneven and potentially slippery shoreline

Optional Extras:

  • Knight Inlet Lodge offers wildlife viewing packages ranging from two to six nights for the spring, summer and fall bear viewing and eco-adventure seasons
  • Vancouver to Campbell River air transfer add-on for any package available

Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary - the exact program is tailored to the preferences of the participants and weather conditions and wildlife activity.

Located 80 kilometres, (50 air miles), north of Campbell River, British Columbia, is a wild and remote area of the Great Bear Rainforest known as Knight Inlet. As the longest fjord on the B.C. coast, Knight Inlet offers visitors spectacular scenery set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Variegated hues of blues and greens seamlessly blend forest, ocean and sky. It can be a place of immense silence in the calm of the temperate rainforest and of immense power in the face of the many thundering glacier-fed waterfalls. Situated 60 kilometres 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.

The lodge is an assortment of modern cement floats containing 18 guest rooms, dining room, lounge, interpretive center and support buildings. All rooms have 2 queen beds with a private washroom and shower except the family rooms which have 1 queen and 2 twin beds. The dining room has ample seating for 50 plus a separate common area with comfortable seating and gas fireplaces where guests can mingle before and after meals.

The bear's viewing is different in each of the seasons. In the spring and summer, you will set out in boats so that we can get close to the shore (50 meters) and give guests a good view of the bears feeding. In late August, the viewing stands although and you will continue to view the bears by boat as well. With the entire viewing program, the guest's safety is of utmost importance. The staff at the lodge strive to see the bears in their natural environment without having a negative impact on them.

As well as bear viewing, the lodge also offers a number of other tours. The marine wildlife tour is offered in all of the seasons that the lodge based on the season's change. In the spring, the travel throughout the inlet viewing the seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional minke whale that may travel through the waters. From July onwards, the tours have the added attraction of the orca (killer) and humpback whales and when we journey to the world-famous Johnstone Strait, you are almost assured of spending some great viewing time with these magnificent marine mammals. Not only do you view the whales, but the tour includes all of the spring marine viewing as well, so the program lasts for up to 10 hours.

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