Knight Inlet Bears

Brown (Grizzly) and Black Bears

Knight Inlet Lodge

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!

Knight Inlet Lodge

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.

Platform at Knight Inlet

To view the Brown Bears we had to travel by a small boat across the inlet and transfer to a small bus (looking out for bears) and then walk from the door of the bus up onto a platform (with a caged door) from there we watched the bears fishing for salmon.

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.

Experience Summary...

 

Viewing from:        Boat & platforms

Group size:            6 to 10

Time Viewing:        2 hours 2 to 3 times a day

Clothing provided:  Warm jackets

Accommodation:     Comfortable

Best time of year:   September/early October

Other wildlife:         Marine animals & birds, deer & otters

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