Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge : FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Knight Inlet Lodge?
Located 80 kilometres, or 80 air miles, north of Campbell River, British Columbia, in 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 lodge called Knight Inlet Lodge.
What type of accommodation can I expect?
The lodge is a modern one-story facility consisting of 5 cement floats. All guest rooms, 18 in total, 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 two outside deck areas, one complete with a gas fireplace for relaxing on those warm summer evenings.
Can Knight Inlet Lodge cater to various dietary requirements?
With advance notice, the Lodge can accommodate most allergy or dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets.
When is the best time to visit?
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 40 bears within 10 kilometres of the lodge in the peak fall season, when the salmon are returning to the river. Although they are abundant in the fall, it is not the only season that grizzly bears can be found in Glendale Cove. Starting in late April the bears return to the estuary and start the year feeding on the sedges, succulents, grasses and barnacles that abound in the estuary.
How do guests view the bears?
In the spring, we set out in boats so that we can get close to the shore (50 metres) and give our guests a good view of the bears feeding.
Early summer continues on the water as well, but if the opportunity arises there may be a chance to use the tree stands. By late August, we move to our platforms at the spawning channel although we continue to use our tree and river stands.
In all of our viewing programs our guest safety is of utmost importance. We strive to see the bears in their natural environment without having a negative impact on them.
What other wildlife can I expect to see?
While at the Lodge, expect to see the following:
- sea lions
- minke whales
- most of the spring marine wildlife
- humpback whales