Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Campbell River
- 2 nights Knight Inlet Lodge
Day 1: Vancouver to Campbell River
On arrival in Vancouver you will take a short flight up to Campbell River on lovely Vancouver Island. From here you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will stay for one night. Spend the evening exploring this small, welcoming town – why not head to the harbour and enjoy fresh fish and chips just a stone’s throw from the ocean?
Days 2-3: Knight Inlet Lodge
Today you’ll hop aboard a seaplane and fly up to Knight Inlet Lodge, where you’ll check in for two nights. Knight Inlet is a floating lodge set against a long fjord, carved by the glaciers from the coastal mountains. This remote wilderness is the natural habitat of the grizzly bear, and you’ll spend the next couple of days searching the forest and water for a glimpse of this elusive creature. Each spring when the bears emerge from their cosy winter beds, they can be seen along the banks of Glendale Cove eating sedge grass, mussels and barnacles. As autumn comes the bears can be found feasting on the salmon that return up the river and can be watched from a special platform. It’s an amazing sight, as the fish seem to leap straight into the bears’ mouths.
Knight Inlet Lodge is composed of an assortment of cement floats, floated into the fjord each summer. There are 18 rooms and several other buildings including the dining room and a lounge for guests to relax. During your time here, you will enjoy several different tours looking for the bears, including boat trips, kayak excursions and guided hikes. You’ll also learn about the other wildlife in the local area, such as the majestic bald eagle.
Day 4: Depart Knight Inlet Lodge
Today is the final day of your grizzly bear tour. Spend the morning enjoying the spectacular location before taking a seaplane back to Campbell river and catching your scheduled flight back to Vancouver, where your trip will come to an end.