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- Campbell River
- Knight Inlet
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Knight Inlet Lodge provides rustic accommodation and an amazing wilderness experience. Enjoy one of the premier grizzly bear viewing holiday spots in the world, set amidst the dramatic snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 50 bears within 10kms of the lodge in the peak fall season, when the salmon are returning to the river. As the longest fjord on the B.C. coast, Knight Inlet offers visitors spectacular scenery set against a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks plunging into the Pacific Ocean. As well as bear viewing, during the spring months you may also see seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional Minke whale and in the summer view orca (killer) whales in the waters. After a day of adventure there's nothing like a good meal. With its variety of dining options, not to mention the local seafood, there's something for everyone at Knight Island Lodge.
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.
- Dining area
- 2 outside deck areas
- Bear viewing platform
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). Accommodation stay - 1 night at Comfort Inn & Suites Campbell River.
Day 2: Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge
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. Accommodation stay - 1 night at Knight Inlet Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Knight Inlet Lodge to 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.
Please note: we recommend customers book the 3- or 4- night packages to allow themselves enough time to experience all the activities.
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner at Knight Inlet Lodge on 2 night tour; 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners on 3 night tour; and 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners on 4 night tour.
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.
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
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.
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.