Wow - what an amazing time we had at Knight Inlet.
We travelled as a party of 4 to Canada for 3 weeks and went for the 3 night package at Knight Inlet including one night at Campbell river.
We arrived at the floatplane airport in rain and relatively high winds for this time of year and Harold put us at our ease with his informative but jokey introduction to Knight Inlet. The plane took 25 minutes and was pretty hairy as the wind was high and there was poor visibility. My husband was in the co-pilots seat and seemed to be enjoying the thrill of fairly dramatic bumps.
However we immediately felt better when we arrived. I haven't enough words to describe how amazing the Inlet and lodge are or to describe how fantastic all the staff were. I shall try to summarise!
The accomodation was good - plenty adequate for your stay - they keep you so busy, you only sleep in the rooms.
The organisation was first class from beginning to end - led by Steve the manager, who kept a close eye on everything
The food was amazing - Chef Todd is a miracle worker. If you are a vegetarian - be prepared for a treat. The carnivores were extremely satisfied too. Good healthy, tasty food and plenty of it.
Staff - could not have asked for more. They all worked as a team, were hugely skilled and informative and seemed to love their work. Special mention goes to Bob Scriba who was one of the best guides I have ever had - his Inlet tour was a revelation and you felt privileged to be in this scenery with someone as sensitive to nature as Bob is.
Equipment - was excellent - all manner of raingear and protective clothing. The boats and platforms all well maintained to a high standard.
Wildlife - absolutely beautiful. Before I went I thought Knight Inlet was all about the bears, but in fact it is so much more. The inlet supports a huge diversity of life and I was amazed by the herons, seals, ducks and other living things that we saw - special mention has to go to the stunning bald eagles.
Bears - we were unfortunate with the grizzlies. We stood for 6 hours one day at a viewing platform and saw a bear for 30 seconds. We did see Peanut briefly as well. We were more fortunate with the black bears who are great too.
I was very sad to leave and wish we had booked for the 3night at the lodge package as it meant we could go on the trip to the Johnson Straits to whale watch.
When we left I had a lump in my throat as I realised I will not be in such a special environment again for a long time ( we hope to return one day) and it had been so blissful to be without mobile phone signal or wi-fi for 48 hours!
Thank you to everyone at the lodge for making Knight Inlet such a unique and treasured place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. With over 15 years of experience and a world wide reputation for excellence we are the place to see grizzly bears in British Columbia. Our remote floating lodge has 16 guests rooms and offers a full range of activities for our guests including hiking,kayaking, marine wildlife tours, tracking and whale watching. Open from mid May until mid October with pacakges starting on any day of the week. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Knight Inlet Hotel Glendale Cove
- Knight Inlet Resort All Inclusive
- Knight Inlet Lodge Canada/British Columbia