Archive for September, 2009
While our lodge is based in Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet on the mainland of North America it is only accessible by floatplane from Vancouver Island. From time to time we do get guests that think they can drive to the lodge! In the end most of them are pleased to hear they cannot. Since Campbell River on Vancouver Island is the closest city with floatplanes all of our packages start with a stay in this beautiful oceanside community. Once known worldwide as the Salmon Capital of the World this busy city of 30,000 is a popular tourist destination in it’s own right. So when people tell you that you cannot go grizzly bear viewing on Vancouver Island you can say “well actually”….
Here is a photo of the grizzly sow with her 3 cubs. Note how the one is almost white in colour. This photo was taken by Knight Inlet Lodge guide Moira Le Patourel.
One guest who was at Knight Inlet Lodge on a 3 night package reports seeing 23 grizzly bears during his stay. A repeat guest on his third visit to our lodge he called this a “thrill of a lifetime” and will be back yet again in a couple of years.
This rare photo of a cougar in the wild was taken by a remote motion sensor camera mounted in Glendale Cove. This project, jointly funded by Knight Inlet Lodge and the University of Cumbria is aimed at studying grizzly bears and their rub trees
Knight Inlet Lodge is pleased to have a grizzly sow with 3 cubs show up today. One of the youngsters is almost white in colour. The appearance of this family is a very welcome sight for both the guests and staff of the lodge. Knight Inlet Lodge asks that you take a minute to look at our “stop the hunt” initiative.
The last few days have seen the end of our hot and dry summer. With the return of the rain the Glendale River has seen its water levels rise to where the pink salmon that have been waiting in Glendale Cove are now working their way up the river.
For the grizzly bears of our area this is good news indeed. Guests of Knight Inlet Lodge are being treated to some very exciting viewing from our stands with up to 10 bears being observed near the platforms.
The grizzly bears of Knight Inlet have an abundance of pink salmon to feed on this fall. With a preliminary count of 300,000 and counting we are having the best salmon return in a few years. Glendale Cove is alive with salmon waiting for the river level to rise so that they can journey up to the spawning grounds. Incredibly despite the low water level there are thousands of fish already in the system right up to Glendale Lake. With rain forecast for the next few days it promises to be a very interesting time at the lodge. Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada’s premier destination to see grizzly bears in their natural environment