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Knight Inlet

2, 3 or 4 nights Short Tours

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Home to one of the best grizzly bear viewing spots in the world, Knight Inlet is a floating wilderness lodge with a backdrop of picturesque snow-topped peaks. You’ll spend your days heading out into the wilderness to see the spectacular bears go about their day in the wild. And that’s not all — you’ll also go on interpretive hikes and even have the opportunity to spot marine life.

Itinerary

LOCATION

Nestled in a wild and remote area of the Pacific Northwest, tucked into beautiful Glendale Cove. Return floatplane transfers from Campbell River to Knight Inlet are included.

FACILITIES

  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • 2 outside deck areas
  • Bear viewing platform

ROOMS

18 rooms. Guest Rooms are private and comfortable, showcasing views of either Glendale Cove or the shoreline behind, where it is not uncommon to see bears.

Day 1: Campbell River

Arrive independently in Campbell River. The day is at your leisure. Accommodation for the first night of your Knight Inlet Lodge package will be at Comfort Inn & Suites in Campbell River. Passengers must reconfirm the floatplane departure time upon check-in. Room is guaranteed available for 3:00pm. (Please note you will need to arrive into Canada before the first day of the tour, to allow time to make your way to Campbell River). Overnight at Comfort Inn & Suites Campbell River.

Day 2: Campbell River - Knight Inlet 

After a 8:30am transfer from your hotel to the floatplane base*, you will depart at 9:30am on a 25-minute flight to Knight Inlet Lodge. Once settled in at the lodge, and following a brief orientation, you will embark on a small boat excursion in the estuary. Two 2-hour tours follow in the afternoon; one of these tours is a bear viewing tour (by boat in the spring and summer and on a viewing platform from late August to October), and the other will be a Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise. You will be accompanied on all excursions by a knowledgeable guide trained in the local wildlife and natural history of the area. In the evening relax in the lounge while enjoying an interpretive presentation by one of the guides. Overnight at Knight Inlet Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Knight Inlet - Campbell River

On your day of departure you’ll have the opportunity to go on a final bear viewing boat excursion before your 10:00am return transfer to Campbell River by floatplane. On arrival, transfer independently from Campbell River. (B)

* Transfer from hotel to the floatplane base is only included for passengers arriving into Campbell River by air. Passengers with cars should drive to the floatplane base themselves to arrive by 9:00am and say they are guests of the lodge (5 minute drive from Campbell River - directions provided locally. There is free parking available at Vancouver Island Air while passengers are staying at Knight Inlet Lodge.)

3- and 4-night durations available:

Guests booked on 3-night packages can participate in extra bear viewing and wildlife watching excursions, an interpretative hike through the Kwalate River Valley, and wildlife tracking.

Guests booked on 4-night packages additionally enjoy a full day excursion to Johnstone Strait for marine life viewing and an excursion to Thompson Sound and Bond Sound for bear and wildlife viewing.

B- Breakfast
L- Lunch
D- Dinner

Please note: we recommend customers book the 3- or 4- night packages to allow yourselves enough time to experience all the activities. 

Please note: this is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

Please note: the tour schedule is subject to change based on weather and anything beyond the supplier’s control.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.

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