We had a fabulous experience staying at KPL. It is very expensive and so was a 'special' birthday treat for me but it was what I wanted and more.
I was there with 'benjamin c' , Gary M and 'very disappointing' - Hi fellow evacuees! - I can understand disappointment at having a 4 day trip cut in half by bad weather but with wilderness that is always going to be a risk just as wildlife cannot be guaranteed to appear. You only have to see the out-takes of wildlife films and hear just how long it took experts to get their great shots to know the truth of this. When we were there a film crew were finishing working on a film that they'd spent 2 years on - they had good days and bad days like the rest of us ... not that we had a bad day!
The flight in a float plane was the start of the adventure and it kept being wonderful. The whales did bubble feeding for us, the sea lions entertained us with noise and antics, the otters appeared, bald eagles adorned the trees and the bears ... a black bear mother and cubs and spirit bears walked by the viewing platform and fished and fed ... they were so near ... it was bliss for me. My husband can hardly walk but the staff encouraged him to see the bears and they helped him every step of the way giving him an experience he thought he couldn't get to. We do agree the bear viewing should be in the price as it is almost the only way to see bears apart from paying for a heli-trip.
So the staff are great and just waiting to help; food is wonderful and very fitting for where we were; rooms are comfortable; a First Nations guide showed us his village; views are outstanding and it makes you appreciate the natural world ... what a pity that even this remote area is under threat.
Then an amazing storm hit and we had to be evacuated and the staff kept cool and it's only later we realised how dangerous it could have been. All the guests (well most) took it well and coped with what we had to do. I get the impression most wildlife enthusiasts are prepared for a little danger ... it is Wilderness! It isn't manicured and man-made and is all the better for that.
If you're interested in Nature and can afford to ... go! And be open to all the beauty and you will get adventure too!
- Also Known As:
- King Pacific Hotel
- King Pacific Hotel North Vancouver
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- King Pacific Lodge provides the ultimate in luxury adventure travel and ecotourism vacations from its location in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. As a luxury wilderness lodge, this is an unsurpassed eco adventure travel destination. Among its many accolades, King Pacific Lodge was selected as the Best Resort in Canada by Conde Nast Readers' Choice Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. ... more less