Welcome to Knight Inlet Grizzly Bear Adventure Tours at Knight Inlet Lodge in British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy one of the premier grizzly bear viewing spots in the world, set amidst the snow-capped peaks of Canada's rugged coastline.

Grizzly sow nursing triplets

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

A few lucky guests were treated to a wonderful sight at Knight Inlet Lodge in late August. One of our grizzly sows, we call her Beatrice, chose to nurse her triplet cubs right below our viewing stand. This wonderfully tender moment illustrates how our presence is accepted by the bears of Glendale Cove. Our standards of bear viewing and minimizing our impact on the bears has helped to make magical moments such as this possible.  https://www.youtube.com/user/theknightinletlodge

Our thanks to guest Linda T for this wonderful footage. We always love to hear from guests after they depart the lodge and those that are willing to share photos or video footage really help us out.

One final note is  don’t forget to look up both our Instagram page and our Facebook page as they are great ways to see what is happening at the lodge.

Knight Inlet Lodge looking forward to 2012 and back at 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011

With 2011 rapidly coming to an end and our grizzly bears sound asleep in there dens Knight Inlet Lodge finally has a chance to look forward to our 2012 season and back at 2011.

2012

Bookings are coming in at a very good pace, September is getting close to sold out, so from a business standpoint things are looking good. Like everyone we remain concerned about the ongoing economic crisis in Europe but also cautiously optimistic that it will be resolved. If you are planning on booking with us in 2012 this link will allow you to do so. For planning purposes you can check our availability online.

We have a couple of camera projects that we are working on for 2012 that should provide us with some excellant footage to share with everyone on our website and Facebook page. Keep checking back for more details or sign up for our Twitter feeds @knightinlet or @knightinletbear and we’ll let you know.

2011

This year has seen Knight Inlet Lodge become more involved in “social media” with more attention paid to our facebook page and Twitter @knight inlet and @knightinletbear. We have been pleased with the response to our Facebook page, 335 “likes” and counting but our goal is to get to 400 “likes” ASAP so if you have not already please take a look at our page and vote accordingly.

Our last newsletter came out in November and we were very happy to have over 2000 people people open and read it. This is an incredible number for a small company such as ourselves. If you have not yet seen it our newsletter can be reaad online We are always looking for stories and pictures for both the newsletter and Facebook so if you are a past guest or after visiting in 2012 we would love to share your photos and story with everyone.

Knight Inlet Lodge, Canada’s premier grizzly bear viewing lodge is located in Glendale Cove, British Columbia, Canada

Knight Inlet Lodge Grizzly Bears and Facebook blog

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Facebook is an excellent way to keep up to date on Knight Inlet Lodge. www.facebook.com/knightinlet will take you to our page which is regularly updated with photos, videos and reports on the grizzly bear activity in Glendale Cove. If you like what you see please be sure to select like on our Facebook page. Another way to keep up to date on the lodge is via our Twitter account @knightinlet Please remember to select the “like” button on Facebook if you enjoy our posts.

grizzly sow and cub at Knight Inlet Lodge

Photo courtesy of Colin Wood

A few excellent pictures from Knight Inlet Lodge guest Chris Rose.

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Chris & Helen Rose visited Knight Inlet Lodge in the middle of August this year and have been kind enough to share some of their photos with us. In my opinion they are some of the best we have seen in awhile. Thank you Chris & Helen.

knight inlet lodge marine tour

Pacific White Sided Dolphins

orca whale watching at Knight Inlet Lodge

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grizzly bear chasing salmon at Knight Inlet Lodge

chasing salmon

grizzly bear viewing report for early September

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge guide Lori Kublik has kindly supplied us with the following report.

Yesterday and today a LOT of salmon moved up into the spawning channel during the hot, sunny afternoon when the bears must have been hiding in the shade. Yesterday late morning me and my group of guests were VERY lucky to see adult grizzly bears playing together. It started with a male and female, and they wrestled in the water, play biting each other. Then they separated as they noticed another male arrive. The two males then started playing together, while the female swam off to go check out the salmon in the deep pool.

Those two males played, bit, hugged, wrestled and swatted for over half an hour! It was totally wild. One of the most amazing wildlife experiences I will ever have, I’m sure. We were all flabbergasted. Not sure if all 3 of these playful bears are siblings, or if they’re just happy to have so much salmon around that they’re willing to play with anyone?? This morning we saw the same male and female playing in the spawning channel on the drive back out of the channel, and the other day Mel saw this female nuzzle the nose of another female who had a salmon in her mouth, in a friendly way, so she thought they were siblings. Who knows. Pretty cool to see adult grizzly bears playing.

Peanut was hanging out at the weir while the bigger bears were playing, and he was so focused on watching the bears downstream, and hoping for salmon, that he didn’t notice a female approaching. She stealthily moved under our stand, down the bank, into the water, right up to Peanut. She bit him on the side before he knew she was there, jumping in shock and running out of the water and out of sight. Hilarious! We figured he must have been pretty embarrassed.

The bear that bit him didn’t stick around too long, so Peanut returned to his favourite spot just below the weir. All the while the big bears are still playing. The female who had played with one of the males got bored of swimming in the deep pool of salmon, and she approached Peanut at a slow walk. Peanut ran out of the channel up onto the road when she got close, and she ran up after him. He ran for about 15m then slowed, thinking she wouldn’t follow. She kept running, and he glanced back and realized it and really turned on the speed. The last we saw of them they were tearing down the road out of sight. Hee hee.

Peanut survived alright, because we saw him later that afternoon, no new scars. In fact, it looked like the same female that chased him in the morning was sharing one side of the weir with him for fishing, so maybe they reached a truce. VERY interesting bear dynamics this year.

On a Glendale Cove estuary tour this afternoon we also saw Bella and her cubs near the water’s edge, and the cubs were playing quite a bit. Very cute.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly fishing for salmon

Knight Inlet Lodge first guest blog for 2011

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Richard Davis & Praline Barrand    May 2011

What a wonderful experience!!

Our visit to Knight Inlet Lodge was the 2 days of our Canadian holiday we were most looking forward to & it did not disappoint.

From the moment we were met at Campbell River airport by Harold, the Knight Inlet Lodge shuttle driver everything was perfect.    The information Harold shared on what lay ahead only magnified our excitement level.

I should mention the overnight stay in Campbell River at Heron’s Landing Hotel exceeded our expectations – lovely atmosphere, well appointed, spacious rooms and staff which went out of their way to make you feel welcome.  The continental breakfast included was also a great start to the day.

The 25 minute floatplane flight out to Knight Inlet Lodge from Campbell River was amazing – stunning scenery in every direction & it felt like we had only just taken off when we started our descent into Glendale Cove.

floatplane flight to Knight Inlet Lodge

floatplane flight to Knight Inlet Lodge

aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge

aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge

grizzly bear in Glendale Cove estuary

grizzly bear in Glendale Cove estuary

black bear in Glendale Cove estuary

black bear in Glendale Cove estuary

Lenore and Peanut in Glendale Cove

Lenore and Peanut

The guided bear viewing excursions, all taken by boat, were fabulous.   Due to our visit being so early in the season it was more a case of quality rather than quantity but we were delighted with the bear viewing we experienced.   The stars of the show were ‘Lenore’ & ‘Peanut’ – a grizzly bear sow & her 3 year old cub.   The Knight Inlet Lodge guides are experts on the bears as well as all the other wildlife you are likely to encounter in Glendale Cove.   As well as both grizzly & black bears, we saw harbour seals, minks, pine martens, bald eagles, Canada Geese & an enormous variety of other seabirds, too numerous to mention.

A highlight on one of the estuary tours was seeing a black bear with her two tiny cubs.   We had the privilege of being the first Knight Inlet Lodge guests of the season to see these cubs which would have been born in the mother’s den during her winter hibernation.

The excursion by boat up Knight Inlet was breathtaking – in fact we enjoyed the experience so much we chose to do it again on our 2nd day at the lodge.    The enormity of the spectacular British Columbia wilderness surrounding Knight Inlet Lodge is truly humbling.    The boat excursion was full of highlights – a large black bear fossicking for mussels on the rocky shoreline, bald eagles soaring overhead, Pacific White-Sided dolphins playing in our bow waves & literally dozens of majestic, towering waterfalls tumbling into the inlet.  The Knight Inlet guide was a fountain of information & kept us entertained with stories on a wide range of subjects from the First Nations people that have inhabited the area for centuries to the geological history of the inlet.

We also thoroughly enjoyed a tracking tour, an educational walk through the forest searching & learning about the tell tale signs of the local wildlife which call Glendale Cove home.    Again, the Knight Inlet Lodge guide amazed us with his knowledge.

One cannot end this blog without praising the exceptional quality of the food served at Knight Inlet Lodge – the chefs deliver meals so delicious one has to keep reminding yourself you are dining at an isolated wilderness lodge, not an award winning restaurant in a major metropolis.

To the entire Knight Inlet Lodge team, many thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Knight Inlet scenic view

Knight Inlet Lodge marine cruise scenic view

waterfall on Knight Inlet marine cruise

Knight Inlet waterfall

Pauline and Ian’s second visit to Knight Inlet Lodge

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
grizzly bears at Knight Inlet Lodge

grizzly bears

PAULINE & IAN ANDERSON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 2010.

It was with great excitement that we looked forward to our return visit to Knight Inlet in October last year. Having enjoyed “The Grizzly Bear Adventure” with Titan HiTours 2 years earlier we booked the same tour, this time extending our stay at the lodge by an extra 2 nights – what indulgence!

Knowing what to expect did not detract from our anticipation &, as in 2008, we had a truly wonderful time. It was like going to visit old friends – indeed we were recognised by some of the guides & staff (rather worrying!!).

The weather was very different this time – dull & raining almost every day. Did it matter? Certainly not – we were comfortably togged-up in our orange suits & under cover mostly. The Rainforest Walk was rather wet but, nonetheless, thoroughly enjoyable.

The Whale Watching day trip was excellent – the only one of the 5 days when the sun shone & it was beautifully calm on the Johnstone Straits, thankfully. We saw a number of Humpbacks & several very vocal sealions but the pod of Killer Whales was elusive despite the best efforts of our 3 guides.

humpback whale seen on Knight Inlet Lodge marine tour

humpback whale

The main attraction of the holiday was, of course, the Grizzlies. I could quite happily stay at the viewing stands all day watching the bears while they fished the waters & ate their catch, or just lazed on the banks. Twice we were entertained by a sow & one of her twins rubbing against a tree just a few metres away from us. I almost wore out my camera battery during one episode! The 2 year old “white” cub put in a couple of appearances with its sibling & mother. They never came too close, seeming rather timid, whereas some others were as intent on watching us as we were on watching them.

white grizzly cub at Knight Inlet Lodge

white grizzly cub

Our guides were all excellent – very helpful & friendly, knowledgable & multi talented. The evening interpretive talks in the warmth & comfort of the lounge were very interesting & entertaining, & all of the meals & snacks were first class.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

Knight Inlet Lodge certainly has our vote for “Top Holiday Destination in the World”. I see previously on the blog that one lucky traveller has visited 3 times – we can’t be outdone & are saving hard for another trip!

A grizzly bear story from the past

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Grizzly fishing for salmon

Grizzly fishing for salmon

The Bear that got away with the Fish.

My brief stay in 2002 at floating Knight Inlet Lodge was wonderful, and I was looking forward to seeing the grizzly bears.I was not disappointed as they turned up, one at a time to look for the fish they were expecting to catch. It was the time for the salmon run and I waited expectantly on the platform overlooking a small weir, where it is easier to catch the salmon as they fight their way upstream, and a good place view them at close quarters. Well, I was not disappointed as they turned up, one at a time to look for the fish they were expecting to catch, and appeared to be making a circuit, patrolling the weir. Some stood on the bank looking up and down while others waded into the stream,gazing despondently at the empty water. You could almost hear them thinking: “Where are the fish? But no fish appeared because there were no fish that we could see. What had happened to the salmon run?

Then, all of a sudden, one bear came rushing round the base of our platform in a great hurry and plunged into the water  excitedly. He stood on his hind legs to get a good look then dived into the water and came up with – yes, a fish in his mouth!! Of  course my camera battery decide to expire at that very moment but I managed to get a departing view of the bear, fish in mouth, striding into the bushes. He was not taking any chances that it might be stolen from him and had decided to eat it in solitary enjoyment.

I saw many bears in those two days of fantastic bear watching, but there was only one fish! I couldn’t help but wonder what they would do when it was time to go into hibernation as there would not be much fat on them to exist for all the time spent away from  the world. No one seemed to know why the fish had failed and I felt so sorry for them and often wondered how they managed. It was sad to see their puzzled expressions when the fish they were expecting for a good meal failed to arrive, but glad for the lucky one although one fish would not go very far. Better than nothing I guess!

Editors note:

Although the salmon runs does vary in timing and size from year to year we are happy to report the bears are doing very well 8 years later. This story was contributed by Elvor Shaw who was heading out to go line dancing, at age 88,  after emailing me the photo in this story. Way to go Mrs. Shaw!

Grizzly bear video filmed at Knight Inlet Lodge

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Knight Inlet Lodge guest Brian Glozier took this footage of grizzly bears fishing for salmon on the Glendale River while at Knight Inlet Lodge in early October. We would like to thank Brian for allowing us to pass the word around about his video on YouTube.  To view Brian’s video click here Patience please at it takes few minutes to download!

Knight Inlet Lodge is based in Glendale Cove on the coast of British Columbia. Canada and is considered by many to be the premier wilderness destination in the country.

Grizzly bear blog by Knight Inlet Lodge guest

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It was a clear October (2009) morning as we departed Campbell River on Vancouver Island Air’s turbo Otter.  We could see for miles in every direction and had amazing views of all the grand mountain peaks and fjords of the BC Coast as we flew into Knight Inlet Lodge in Glendale Cove.  On the flight was our family of four and six other guests.  As it was near the end of the season Knight Inlet Lodge was able to accommodate our family with our two children Zach 8 and Clem 6

Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge

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Within an hour of arriving at the lodge we were viewing our first grizzly bears – a sow and her cub in the estuary.  These would be the first of many that we would see during our two-day stay at the lodge.  In the afternoon, after a hearty lunch, we went up to the ‘Weir viewing stand’ to try and see more bears.  Another sow with two cubs were there feeding on the abundant salmon when we arrived and two more quickly joined them. Our guide Jamie explained that there was a good return of Pink and Chum salmon this year so the bears had lots to eat.  It appeared as so as the bears could easily and effortlessly scoop up salmon with their paws or their mouths.

When we returned to the lodge we had the option of participating in a marine cruise up Knight Inlet, which we were all eager to join. Highlights of the cruise included waterfalls, humpback whales and Dahl’s porpoise all within an hours boat ride from the lodge.  Our guide also shared some stories and legends from local First Nations people. After dinner we were treated to an interpretive talk by one of the naturalists.  Then it was a quick hot tub before bed.

With all the highlights of our first day I wondered what was in store for us on our second day.  I wondered if we would see the blond grizzly cub the guides were talking about.  After breakfast our guide Jamie offered to take just our family on an interpretive walk to find animal tracks and other signs of wildlife.  He brought along some plaster to make some casts if we found some good animal tracks.  We did find lots of great tracks of bear, wolf and cougar among others, but the best were two perfect deep grizzly tracks in a sand bar by the river.  While we let the plaster set Jamie took us back to the ‘Weir viewing stand’ and then to the ‘Finger viewing stand’.  Like the day before we saw lots of bears, and yes we also saw the blond cub.

That afternoon we went on a family paddle in the lodge’s kayaks.  We paddled up into the estuary to see the ducks and sea birds.  The boys got a bit chilled so we warmed up in the hot tub when we returned to the lodge.  After another great dinner and interpretive presentation we retired to our comfortable suite.  We spent the next morning lazing around and checking out the Lodge’s salmon hatchery before departing.  Jaime gave the kids the plaster casts of the bear tracks we made the day before.  They were all nicely wrapped and safe for the trip home.  There couldn’t be better souvenirs from our stay.

Thanks to Dean and Kathy and everyone at Knight Inlet Lodge for two amazing days of adventure, learning and exploration.  The tour package was seamless right down to every detail, from start to finish.  We look forward to our next adventure in British Columbia’s wilderness.

Evan, Sue, Zack and Clem Loveless