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.

Knight Inlet Lodge now has 2 twitter accounts

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge is pleased to announce that we now have two Twitter account to follow. @knightinlet and @knightinletbear. We hope that we’ll be able to find enough to say without repeating ourselves too much!

One other note for everyone is a reminder that our inquiry form is an excellent tool for getting our availability and pricing for 2012 and soon for 2013. we expect the grizzly bear viewing to be outstanding once again in 2012 and September is filling fast so anyone thinking about a visit in peak time should consider booking ASAP.

Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Knight Inlet Lodge had another successful grizzly bear viewing year in 2011 and is looking forward to 2012. Our grizzly bear viewing season opens on May 17 and will run until October 15, 2012. The response of our guests to the lodge and our program and what we do is a very gratifying one that never grows old.  While working at a grizzly bear viewing lodge sounds like fun, and it is, like anywhere it does have its challenges.  It is the energy and good spirits of our guests that help smooth out the rough spots that go with any job.

We truly appreciate all the fantastic comments on TripAdvisor and we promise it will not go to our heads or at least not too much! for guests that will be visiting us in 2012 our TripAdvisor page and our Facebook page are a great way to learn more about our lodge. We update our Facebook page regularly with photos, videos and news so keep checking back as your visit nears.

grizzly bear cubs sleeping at Knight Inelt Lodge

grizzly bear cubs sleeping

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Grizzly bear viewing update for the end of September

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge has remained fantastic throughout the month of September. Lately it has featured rather friendly interactions between grizzlies that we believe are unrelated. This unusual activity includes a young male hanging around with an older male that Researcher Mel Claphm believes is about 4 years older. This pair also tolerated Flo, a young female, fishing for salmon with them for over an hour. Flo who was a regular in 2010 has only just returned this season. She is the grizzly bear that seemed to find our bus interesting last year.

grizzly bear viewing bus

grizzly bear on bus at Knight Inlet Lodge

Flo on cab of bus

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, another happy guest!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Christine and Mike P recently stayed with us at Knight Inlet Lodge. On arriving home they were kind enough to email us their thoughts on visiting Knight Inlet Lodge. Here is a few of their comments and photos.

grizzly bear viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge

Glendale Cove photo courtesy of Christine P

Having recently returned to the UK from our holiday in BC.  I thought I would write to let you know that staying with you at Knights Inlet was truly the highlight of our stay.  What a wonderful place you have, along with a super staff who we found to be professional, informative and above all welcoming and friendly.

Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team ; managers, staff, guides, Paul (for his superb handling of the boat over what were extremely choppy waters of the inlet)  the chefs, (food second to none!!) , pilots and everyone else behind the scenes.

May your excellent work continue, and may all life in that beautiful inlet continue to thrive naturally.  I’ve attached some photographs that I thought you might like to see.

On behalf of everyone at Knight Inlet Lodge thank you Christine and Mike.

knight inlet lodge grizzly bear viewing

Grizzly bear in Knight Inlet photo courtesy of Christine P

Grizzly Bear Research

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Grizzly Bear Research in Glendale Cove

Some of you who have visited the lodge in the past three years may have met me during your stay. My name is Melanie Clapham and I have been conducting research out of Knight Inlet Lodge since 2009. My research is looking into how grizzly bears communicate with each other using their sense of smell. This forms the basis of my whole PhD project, of which I am now in my final year. My project is co-funded by Knight Inlet Lodge and the University of Cumbria in the UK. This is where I am based during the winter months, analysing the data I have collected in the previous summer/fall, and writing up my findings. I am now back at the lodge conducting my final field season, and will be here until October. When I am here my days are usually spent searching the estuary for bears, and out in the forest maintaining my trail cameras. These heat and motion-sensitive cameras are the main method of data collection I am using. By placing these cameras facing bear ‘marking trees’ (or ‘rub trees’ as they’re known), I am able to monitor natural scent marking behaviour by different individuals in the population. This way I am also able to assess whether its adult males which seem to be communicating, or adult females, or subadults, and so on. I am also looking at which individuals investigate the scent marks of others, but don’t actually mark on trees themselves. By conducting this data collection between May and October, I can assess how marking behaviour changes during different seasons i.e. the breeding and non-breeding season.

In addition to looking at the social function of scent marking, I have also been documenting the trees which bears mark on. Focusing on what we call ‘traditionally used trees’ which are trees marked on by different bears over many generations, I am looking at whether it is the species, the size, or the location of the tree which makes it favourable to be marked on over others. I believe this is key to explaining the use of trees for scent marking by bears, rather them just been used to relieve an itch. It seems that the selection of these trees is much more structured. So by studying differences in marking behaviour by different age and sex classes, and analysing the trees which bears use to mark on, we are beginning to fit different pieces of the puzzle together in understanding the complexities of chemical communication in grizzly bears.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dean Wyatt and all the staff at Knight Inlet Lodge for their continued support and field assistance throughout this whole project.

Melanie Clapham

PhD Candidate

University of Cumbria

grizzly bear rub tree

Grizzly bear rub tree

grizzly bear rub tree glendale cove

Grizzly bear marking tree

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!

Knight Inlet Lodge newsletter now online

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The latest Knight Inlet Lodge newsletter is now online. This link will take you directly to it . In the latest issue are photos of grizzly bears, stories on our 2010 grizzly bear viewing season and links to videos filmed by guests. Be sure to sign up for future issues while you are there.

Grizzly bear blog by Knight Inlet Lodge guest

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

This story was posted by Knight Inlet Lodge guest Yvonne J. Thank you Yvonne!

grizzly bear on bus

grizzly bear on bus

In September 2010 we stayed in Knight Inlet Lodge. A trip down to paradise! We had the time of our lives. We experienced some great bear viewing. What a thrill to see the bears in their natural habitat. Chasing and feeding on salmon, bears walking down under the viewing platform, but the icing on the cake was when one bear jumped up on the car! Talking about close encounters! The bear was very interested in the window wipes and was not impressed when the guides tried to chase her away, afraid she would might wreck the car. She didn’t wreck anything, but she sure put on a great show! The whole trip was an experience of a lifetime! The flight down there, the lodge, the staff and the great bear viewings made a big impression I will never forget!

grizzly bear on bus

grizzly bear on bus

Compliments are the best part of the job

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Working at a grizzly bear viewing lodge.

One of the many positives to working at Knight Inlet Lodge is the feedback from our guests. Sometimes it is hard to stay humble with all the nice things people have to say about us. Here is just a sample of the feedback I received in the last two weeks.

1. First of all a big THANK YOU for your support and congratulations to all the Knight Inlet Lodge – Family!! Our stay was absolutely the highlight of our Canada trip, from check-in to accommodation. excellent cuisine, organization and your highly qualified, helpful and friendly guides. Everything and everybody was worth five-stars (at least).

2. My sister and I stayed at Knight Inlet Lodge recently. I just wanted to say thank you very much for looking after us during our stay. The cooks were brilliant and the staff amazing. I will be spreading the word about this incredible resort. Thank you once again.

3. We are just back in the UK after our Canadian trip… and we wanted to thank you and all the team at Knight Inlet for a wonderful adventure. it was just what we hoped for. the whole team under Jamie at the lodge were fantastic, but we had a lot of contact with Shaun and wanted to say how much we appreciated his excellent service and care for those of us who traveled with him on land and sea while at the lodge.

See what I mean about it’s hard to stay humble?