Knight Inlet Lodge
Where is it?
Located 80 kilometres, or 50 air miles, 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 the floating wilderness resort called Knight Inlet Lodge.
Why go there?
To view bears! Glendale Cove is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 50 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge in the peak fall season, when the salmon are returning to the river.
To Whale Watch - Knight Inlet Lodge is one of a very few locations in the world where you can combine whale watching and grizzly bears tours while staying at one remote lodge.
From May to mid-October, there are daily marine wildlife watching tours to world renowned Johnstone Strait.
Beginning in mid-July, the focal point of the marine tours is a visit to the boundaries of the Robson Bight Marine Orca Whale Sanctuary to view the Orca's. This area is frequented by 16 different pods of killer whales and rated as one of the world's best spots to observe and photograph these magnificent whales.
Sea Kayaking - Drifting quietly in your sea kayak watching grizzlies! You will witness these powerful creatures as they quietly forage amongst this fresh sedge growth in the protected waters near the lodge. While grizzlies are generally not social animals, spring viewing often affords the opportunity to observe courtship ritual and even mating activity.
When should I go?
June through October
The grizzly bears are abundant in the autumn (September – October) but this is not the only season that grizzlies frequent the area around Knight Inlet Lodge. Starting in April, both black and grizzly bears begin emerging from hibernation and head to Glendale Cove and the estuary to feed on the succulent new spring growth. This is a great time for watching grizzly bears as they go about their daily lives.
Even in mid-summer, when many of the bears have moved into the surrounding timber clearings to feast on berries, you can usually watch several bears each day as they move in and around the estuary and along the logging roads.
18 Rooms – comfortable and all have a view of either Glendale Cove or the shoreline behind the lodge where it is not uncommon to see bears.
How to get there?
By seaplane from Campbell River