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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“Spring has arrived and the lodge is open. Familiar furry faces are popping up everywhere and it’s shaping out to be a strong beginning to the season for us. We’ve been open for a week now and already we’ve had multiple bear sightings in the estuary and the other morning we were woken up early by the blows of transient orcas in the estuary. A small pod of four patrolled the cove twice in the day hopeful for the opportunity to feed on one of the many harbour seals and pacific white-sided dolphins that are abundant in the Inlet at this time of year. We had an excellent view of the whales before they gave up their search in the cove and made their way back out of the inlet.
We are pleased to announce that the moms and cubs are very strong at the moment. Lenora and her yearling cub Peanut have been regularily spotted in the estuary, and to our delight our famous white cub from last fall is out with her two siblings and impressive looking mother. One small subadult has also been sighted feeding on the protein-rich sedge that’s coming up quickly in the estuary.”
This story contributed by Jamie Scarrow, Knight Inlet Lodge Head Naturalist and professioanl photgrapher. To see some of Jamie’s photos
October 18 saw the last of our guests depart and the remaining staff start on the shutdown procedure for the lodge. There was one litle wrinkle to this annual event as we hosted a film crew from the NBC Today Show. They were at Knight Inlet Lodge to film a segment that will air during the Winter Olympics here in British Columbia. The crew spent the better part of 3 days with us getting outstanding footage including some of our white grizzly cub. Once we know the date the footage will air we’ll post a blog so everyone can watch.
Over the next few months very little will be happening at the lodge outside of our ongoing Coho Salmon Hatchery. Glendale Cove is a very differnet place right now as days and weeks will go by without any visitors. Our Caretakers Ed and Bonnie are settled in to their new home away from home and looking forward to the advdenture ahead.
White grizzly cub video Hey all,
We’re just about to finish things up here in Glendale Cove for the bear season. It’s been a season of fantastic weather and the bears, dolphins and whales have been really spectacular. This area never disappoints.
Stealing the show in the September and October has been our local celebrity bear cub who is quite uniquely coloured. I’ve seen light cubs before but never one as uniformly creamy white as this one. It’s very common for new cubs to have whitish highlights, especially under the chin, chest and shoulders areas, but this cub is more cream than brown it seems. Really quite spectacular as you can see in the video (top left of article) I’ve attached. The mother of this one and his/her two siblings (we think it’s a her) has quite the reputation in the area as well. She is by far the most dominant one around at the moment and it’s usual to see all the others bears giving her a wide birth. She has a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention herself and that tends to make a bear a bit more aggressive.
Hopefully she’ll keep the cubs safe and bring them back next year for us to appreciate again.
It will be sad to say goodbye to the bears and staff of Knight Inlet Lodge as it always is. We had an amazing team of guides this season, our cooks were absolutely amazing, and our dock staff kept things ship-shape and entertaining. Every lodge needs a Kemshaw! Harold as always was the unsung, quiet hero — the man is responsible for so much around here. I’m looking forward to working with them all next season.
I’m off to the Antarctic next for my winter work, but will hopefully meet some of you blog readers next bear season at the lodge.
If you’d like you can keep up with my travels and check out some of my photography on my website. www.jamiescarrow.com.
Knight Inlet Lodge has been in contact with Dr. Owen Nevin, a noted grizzly bear researcher, who is very familiar with the bears of Glendale Cove. Dr. Nevin says that the white / blond cub’s colouring while unusual compared to it’s darker siblings is not that uncommon for Glendale Cove. Dr. Nevin is with the Centre for Wildlife Conservation at the University of Cumbria. Dr. Nevin and Melanie Clapham, also from Cumbria University, are working on a study of grizzly bears and their rub trees that Knight Inlet Lodge helps to sponsor. This inlcudes remote cameras placed at strategic locations around Glendlae Cove as discussed in an earleir story.
He has supplied us with this photo, taken in 2000, of another white / blond grizzly cub in Glendale Cove.
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