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Knight Inlet Lodge, our fisheries work

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge is actively working to improve the salmon stocks on the Glendale River. One project towards this end is the fry monitoring program that we operate from late February until early May. The purpose of this project is to count pink salmon fry as they move down the river towards the ocean. We accomplish this by positioning a RST (rotary screw trap) in the river.  This system allows us to catch a portion of the escaping fry without harming them in any way.

An encouraging 18,500,000 fry were estimated to have left the Glendale spawning channel in the spring of 2010 which points towards a very good pink Salmon return in the fall of 2011. As you can see from the photo below working in Glendale Cove during the winter months can be a challenging proposition.

fisheries work on Glendale River

RST on Glendale River

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 video 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

grizzly bear 2010 video Patience please it takes a bit of time to download the video

Please enjoy this grizzly bear video shot at Knight Inlet Lodge near the end of September 2010. Everyone at Knight Inlet Lodge would like to thank Peter & Diane B. for allowing us to share their video with you. Watch for the footage of mom and cubs eating salmon in the Glendale River.

In the presence of grizzly bears, a Knight Inlet Lodge guide’s story

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In the presence of bears
Water laps at the edges of the boat as the tide ebbs, the comforting, familiar sound of the Glendale River adds perfect a background to the scene before us.  I’m standing in the water knee-deep, holding onto my boatload of British tourists stationary in the river, keeping our position between Luke’s boat upstream and Shawn’s boat downstream. Our three boats float quietly together, all of us focused on the creature standing on the opposite riverbank. We’re watching a beautiful sub-adult female grizzly bear named Bonnie go about her business as if we weren’t there at all.

The sights and sounds can almost overwhelm the senses here some days, but this morning is calm and quiet; rain is softly falling in Glendale Cove, onto Bonnie and her viewers on this slightly soggy spring morning. All we can hear is distant bird song from the forest, the occasional bald eagle that flies over, calling out to us as it goes, camera shutters snapping away and Bonnie’s contented munching on the estuary sedge grass.

We sit quietly, the enthralled viewers barely moving a muscle as this little grizzly allows us to join her for breakfast. Bonnie tears off mouthful after mouthful of the sedge grass, occasionally flicking her intelligent brown eyes towards us, making sure we’re behaving ourselves. She pads almost silently through the long grass, out onto the stones of the riverbank and sits down, nose high in the air, reading the messages on the breeze.

The tide is quickly retreating from the river now, and reluctantly Luke, Shawn and I pull ourselves and our guests away from the beautiful little bear and start heading down river.  My guests make remarks about how they can’t believe we sat silently and watched her for almost half an hour, but then again it’s always surprising how fast the time goes in the presence of bears.

They know no concept of time as humans do – it’s meal time when they’re hungry and the tide is right, it’s play time when they feel playful and it’s nap time when they’re tired. Spring and summer for the bears are spent fattening up and possibly finding a mate when the time is right; fall is all about eating as many salmon brains and eggs as possible and winter is for hibernation. When they wake up the following spring, they awake as a slimmer, older and wiser version of their former selves.
At least one species of British Columbians have it figured out…

I’m back up here for my second season as a guide at Knight Inlet Lodge, and as always, Glendale Cove and all its inhabitants never cease to amaze. In my first 10-day shift of the season I’ve seen eight different grizzly bears, a handful of black bears, the rear end of a fast-retreating wolf, four transient killer whales, almost a hundred dolphins and on my last day of the shift, was lucky enough to find two humpback whales bubble feeding just outside of the cove – a rare sighting up here.

Rain or shine it’s beautiful here – this place enchants the people that visit with the birds and the beasts, the mountains, the ocean and the rainforest itself. I consider myself to be entirely addicted.
Words can’t do it justice – you’ll just have to come and see for yourselves.
Looking forwards to seeing you on the dock.
Moira

Andy & Olwyn’s Knight Inlet Lodge blog

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Knight Inlet grizzly bear

Knight Inlet grizzly bear

Following a recommendation from our daughter and son-in-law who honeymooned at Knight Inlet September 2007, we booked a few days there ourselves September 2009 as part of our long time planned Canadian “holiday of a lifetime”. Our two days at Knight Inlet definitely warranted what we found to be a somewhat typical Canadian word “AWESOME”. Of the four weeks we spent in Canada from Niagra via Icefield Parkway, Rocky Mountain Train and Vancouver island, our time at Knight Inlet was certainly the highlight our daughter promised !!

Grizzly sow with cubs

Grizzly sow with cubs

We saw bears, seals, otters, bald eagles, kingfishers to name but a few…. The whole experience was made even more memorable by the knowledge, understanding and friendliness of the guides – in our case specificaly Bob, Dean and Luke (a fellow Yorskhsire man!) and we still groan at the memory of some of Deans’ “jokes”.

Knight Inlet certainly deserves its reputation – our only one “problem” was to try and avoid eating too much of the delcicious food provided !!

We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again in the future, possibly in three years as we return to see the Coho my wife helped release as they return for spawning.

grizzly bear eating salmon

grizzly bear eating salmon

grizzly fishing for salmon at weir stand

grizzly fishing for salmon at weir stand

Jolande’s blog

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The Knight Inlet Lodge is a unique experience. You see a lot of wild life and the guides at the lodge are very kind, spontaneous and full of wild life knowledge.

Grizzly bear watching

grizzly bear Knight Inlet Lodge

We were really lucky and saw a lot of: grizzly bears, black bears, seals and bald eagles.
Speaking of these wonderful bears: we have seen at least 12 different bears! We watched the bears from a boat, from a tree stand and on a tour in the forest. Look at our pictures to see the bears catching salmon, walking around, swimming…

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scenery Knight Inlet, British Columbia

We also we went on a motor boat and made a tour of the fjord: enjoying the peaceful surroundings and a beautiful rainbow. Then back to Campbell River with a floatplane.

Knight Inlet Lodge marine tour

We made a tour of a month in the West of Canada but these two days at this lodge were the highlights of our trip.

We are fond of the bears. A fantastic experience!!

grizzly bear viewing

grizzly bears feeding on salmon

Another guest blog from “down under”

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Knights Inlet, Sept. 2009 four days that will be etched in my memory forever and when my memory fails, I have my photos to look back on (thanks to Phil and team for returning my camera after I left it behind).

The people you meet. Being an animal person myself I have little time for people. However through the common goal of seeing grizzly bears in the wild we some how magically came to know those strangers sitting across from us at Vancouver airport. In fact we now email one another to share our stories and photos of our great adventure at Knights Inlet.

Day 1.

Day one involved boarding a small plane (I did not realize the planes would get smaller as the trip progressed) in Vancouver and flying to Campbell River. On arrival at Campbell River we were taken to our accommodation. Whilst researching my bear holiday I noted in blogs people were dissatisfied with having to stop over at Campbell River the night prior to continuing onto the bears. Well all I can say is make the most of it, see the museum, watch the tall cruise ships out on the horizon, enjoy the wild weather, which makes that meal at the local eatery all that much better. Then finally walk back to the accommodation, watch a bride get married out on the pier and wonder what was she thinking, wonder how the locals live, take photos of the old Chinese monument, the driftwood and gigantic kelp that lay in the water, enjoy the wild weather and the emotions of anticipation of what lays ahead.

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Campbell River

Day 2.

As we arrive at the float plane terminal we see two tiny, small, minute, float planes moored at the jetty. The weather is dark and stormy and we are supposed to get on these things, oh my god, what we do to see grizzly bears in the wild. Anyways it goes to say, they got us there safely.

Knight Inlet Lodge floatplane

Knight Inlet Lodge floatplane

As we get to the other end we are greeted by a leprechaun of a looking man playing an accordion and two dogs jumping around with excitement as we land. We are quickly debriefed and given the guided tour and then loaded into awaiting tinnies. As we come around the first bend, not more than five minutes from our camp we spot a grizzly and her two cubs. The cameras go wild and the scene is set. We sat and watched in ore for about half hour.

knight Inlet Grizzly bears

knight Inlet Grizzly bears

We then moved on to find more bears and wildlife such as eagles. On return to camp we were served a delicious lunch. After lunch we tried to figure out what clothes we were suppose to wear to go up the river to view the scenery. Was it the red suit with the green boots or the blue suit with the red hat hmmm? Any ways I think we got it right in the end as we stayed dry and warm, even after our tour guide tried to drown us under a waterfall.

After our sightseeing tour we returned to camp for a much earned cup of coffee and cake, oh so yummy. Next we boarded and old school bus and were taken down a windy track to the bear lookouts. There was a bit of waiting for the bears to turn up obviously someone failed to let them know we were coming. However while we waited we did get to learn about the tragic life of a salmon. If you ever think your life sucks remember the poor salmon. Just as we were about to leave, a bear decided to grace us with his or her presence. We all watched the bear fish for salmon, shredding them with its large claws. Cameras were going crazy, people were whispering amongst themselves and jostling for a better viewing spot. At this stage a good lens would have come in handy, which sadly we did not have. However those kind strangers from the airport lent us one of their lenses so we could get better photos, thankyou. You think that would be enough for the day. We returned to camp to sit down to a great meal and discuss the days adventures with our fellow bear enthusiasts. Later that night we were entertained with an informative talk on whales. We then returned to our cabin and sat up to midnight talking to our Aussie cabin mates. What a day.

Day 3.

Up bloody early the next morning, I was still tired from the day prior. Following a yummy breakfast, pancakes yum o. How did they know they are my favourite? We headed out to look for more bears. It wasn’t to long a wait and cameras and people once again were in a frenzy. More great photos.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

Today we were asked what we wanted to do. We were given the choice of whale watching, kayaking, or bear poo tracking. Well what can I say, bear poo tracking hands down! Where there is bear poo (scat) there are bears. Plus we got to learn about the bear’s habitat, their rubbing trees, their sleepy holes etc. However the highlight of this little tour was seeing how gullible my husband was. Our guide told us that if we licked a slug, not just any little garden slug, it was a big blob of a thing with spots that made your tongue go numb. Your name would go down in history. In other words you got to put you name in a book at the lodge to signify that you were stupid enough to lick a grose slug. Well guess who volunteered? I’m glad they didn’t tell him to run naked through the bush with honey all over him to attract the bears, who knows what would have happened.

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We were fed well through out the day and given multiple opportunities to view bears.  Later that evening we were provided an in service on the mythology of whales or bears, something like that. On return to our cabin the Aussie house mates had a rip roaring fire, a few yarns were passed around and once again after midnight we retired to bed.

My husband was up at four in the morning suffering from a cold or maybe the slug had shared something more than a numb tongue. He was sitting in the lounge of our cabin when he was given his own private comedy show, presented by the one and only knights inlet otters. He tried to ply me out of bed to watch the antics of the otters, but I wearily mumbled “im tired”, I was exhausted. In the morning he told me of the show that they put on and how they kept setting off the night sensor lights as they would pitter patter across the deck. I now regretted not getting out of bed to see them.

Knight Inlet Lodge, Glendale Cove

Knight Inlet Lodge, Glendale Cove

Day 4.

Early to rise once again. As I did with each morning I sat on the front deck of the cabin and just enjoyed the moment and the scenery. However this morning was different, I started to hear gurgling noises coming from behind me, was the cabin sinking? Then I noticed splashes here and there in the water. Finally a little head popped up in front of me. It was a little furry faced otter (not official binomial nomenclature – scientific name). He was checking to see if the coast was clear. He looked at me and I at him, he wasn’t going to risk it. He then with his entourage of otters swam over to the moored tinnies. Somehow the next thing I know they are all in the tinnies rolling around playing like little kittens. Well the dogs wanted in on the game, however the otters are a bit selective of whom they play. I came to this conclusion as the otters hastily exited the tinnies and speared back into the water to return to where ever it was they came. As legend goes they live under the end cabin at Knight Inlet Lodge. Hence apart from the bears those otters were the high light of our holiday and to elusive to be photographed.

After breakfast we did a quick trip up the estuary for some last minute bear viewing. We then reboarded the float plane to return home, people were a lot quieter now. I’m gathering they were doing what I was and reflecting back on what a great holiday it was, and how sad I was to be leaving. Thank you to all of you at Knights Inlet. Tracy Dean and Graham Badke, Queensland, Australia.

Grizzly bear viewing on Vancouver Island?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Knight Inlet Lodge

Knight Inlet Lodge

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”….

RETURN OF THE PINK SALMON PART 2

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

bearctch22The 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.

Recycling Knight Inlet Lodge style

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Knight Inlet Lodge might be the only place in the world that earns air miles for its recycling! While that may be a bit of a stretch the reality is that our remote location, accessible on a regular basis only by floatplane, means that the majority of our recycling is flown out to Campbell River’s recycling center. The pilots at our floatplane provider, Vancouver Island Air, know that an empty passenger plane out of the lodge means that they get to double as a garbage truck on the flight home. While our cans, bottles, plastics and cardboard are all nicely wrapped or in bags this is still not the most popular flight!