In 2006, as part of our 'three bear adventure' we visited Knight Inlet in the hope of seeing Grizzly and Black Bears.
We started this part of the adventure by flying from Vancouver to Campbell River British Columbia where we spent one night. After breakfast we were taken with two other couples to the Campbell River float plane dock and transferred to our plane.
Located 80 kilometres, or 50 air miles, north of Campbell River, is the remote area of the Pacific Northwest known as Knight Inlet. As the longest fjord on the B.C. coast, Knight Inlet offers spectacular scenery set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks plunging into the Pacific Ocean. The flight to the lodge was a wonderful scenic adventure in itself!
Situated 60 kilometres from the mouth of the inlet was our destination Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet.
The lodge is an assortment of construction styles dating from the early 1940's, when the original float housed a logging camp. Recent construction has provided modern buildings for guest accommodation. In the Palace, the Native House and the Lair, all of the rooms are cedar panelled and have private bathrooms.
We booked this trip independently and made the arrangements for the lodges and short tours direct through the internet. (www.grizzlytours.com).
It was an amazing experience and we were fortunate enough to see lots of bears, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and seals on this part of the trip.
Viewing from: Boat & platforms
Group size: 6 to 10
Time Viewing: 2 hours 2 to 3 times a day
Clothing provided: Warm jackets
Best time of year: September/early October
Other wildlife: Marine animals & birds, deer & otters