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“To see bears, stay here!”
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Knight Inlet Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glendale Cove
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2011

We had seen quite a lot of other places, among them the terrible Hallo Bay, when we came here. What a difference! The guides were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. The rooms were excellent with our own bathroom and shower. The food fantastic and plenty of it, here you would never leave the table hungry. They even had programmes for you in the evenings.
This is the place to go to for bear watching! 5 star of course!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

What a fantastic place - and this from someone who's not slow to criticise. This is an unusually long review, because there's just so much to write about, as Knight Inlet is not just a hotel.

We booked a 2 night stay through Scenic Tours at home in Australia - we probably could have done it much cheaper by going direct, but it was more convenient to take the package.

As other cautious reviewers have noted, it was going to be hard for the place to live up to its reputation, as so much depended on the wildlife turning up too. But it's where wildlife film makers go, and it's where researchers study. And the wildlife did turn up, and in abundance.

The Lodge itself is an excellent match between environment and creature comfort - our wood cabin was basic, but clean. The food was well prepared and plentiful.

But no one goes to Knight Inlet for the rooms and the food. You go for the wildlife. Which means you need guides. And Knight Inlet has plenty of them. Each day starts at 6.30 am with breakfast, and ends at around 9pm after an optional talk with one of the guides. What you do each day is arranged for you by the manager, who'll slot you in to a tour (mostly about 2 hours long and with a maximum of 4-6 people) according to your wishes and availability. In our case we most wanted to see grizzlies catching salmon, as per the Attenborough TV program. And each day we saw them. Up close, too, thanks to Knight Inlet's two stages, strategically placed along the spawning channel. For a couple of hours at a time, you stand on this stage, watching agog, as these beasts do what come naturally, and without being concerned at the presence of humans.

The guides were just terrific - clearly committed to the cause, and it was both educational and fun to be with them. When we weren't watching bears we took trips along the inlet, looking for black bears ( no luck), bald eagles (plenty), and other wildlife like Canada geese. On one trip four of us walked along bear tracks (and yes, bears do **** in the woods, and no, we didn't come too close). We also released salmon fingerlings into the river, truly a feelgood moment. Another trip took us further along the inlet, and Bob the guide (who's clearly not paid by the word) gave us some of the history of man's involvement with the area, such as it is. For those staying longer (one couple was staying 6 nights) there are other, longer trips, whale-watching, for example, which I know they loved.

The only downside for those flying in from Vancouver, and it's only a slight criticism, was the necessity to spend a day and a night in Campbell River before the seaplane journey to Knight Inlet the following morning. And while the transfers were efficient, and the motel ( a good 20 minute walk from the centre of town) was perfectly adequate, (as was the pub next door), I wouldn't say Campbell River on a Sunday had a great deal going for it, except for a small and interesting local market. But that's the only way to get to Knight Inlet, so we had to cop it sweet.

So thanks to Steve the manager and all the guides - we had a great trip. It's never likely to be repeated, and it'll live long in the memory.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank madpom
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

My wife and I and 2 daughters (ages 7and 10) recently spent 3 nights at Knight Inlet and cannot speak highly enough about the whole experience.
The guides at the Lodge were so enthusiastic. Special thanks to Dean and Lori who were great with our girls.
We saw all the wildlife that was promised and enjoyed all the activities: bear watching, marine tour, kayaking, rain-forest walk, estuary tour etc....
Reading many of the other reviews, it appears as though a lot of people felt a real connection with this special place. We were no different.
A special thanks also to Phil in the booking office who was so helpful both before and after our trip.
My only advice is to stay 3 nights at the Lodge, (4 night package) as this way you will be able to squeeze everything in!
Go book!!!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank NickoMelbourne
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

We visited Knights Inlet in early September for 2 nights. I was wary of all the 5 star accolades but can honestly say for us it lived up to the billing. It is expensive but if you love wildlife, beautiful scenery and outdoor activity this is the place for you.
It is a place for the spirit, very peaceful and only a small group of visitors at any one time. We picked September to see the grizzly bears fishing and were not disappointed. Watch out for the otters, and black bears that visit the shoreline at the rear of the lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank alan w
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Knight inlet lodge just awsome. We stayed for the 6 night package. For us not enough as my wife and i are what i suppose you would say are "Bear Fanatics" Grizzly and Black.
After a fantastic float plane transfer to the Lodge we were out on the Estuary within half an hour of arriving. and yes saw a Grizzly immediately. We did every single trip we could to see the bears. The cruise out to see the Whales Dolphins and Orcas with Shaun was fantastic. We did according to my Gps 134.9 miles. Thanks Shaun you are a Star. Every single member of the team at the lodge are so commited in what they do. Todd the chef and his team worked miracles, fantastic food. The equipment used for all trips is second to none
We stayed in room 7 with a lovely view and at night all we could here was the Otters on the decking out side now and again, did manage to get a couple of pictures of them. The two dogs at the lodge were great they chased around when the bears and otters were around the lodge a super alarm system as i got some nice pictures of Black and Grizzly with cubs behind the lodge.
I could go on and on about our trip late August 2011 saw all the Bears i could wish for but there are so many memories.
To sum up we did not want to leave and it brought tears to my eyes having to return to reality.
All i can say is Go, be it for 1 night at the lodge or 5 nights that we did there will be no dissapointment. "THE CASTLE'S WILL BE BACK"

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank BerkshireLionMan
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Additional Information about Knight Inlet Lodge

Address: 8841 Driftwood Rd, Glendale Cove, British Columbia V9J 1A8, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Glendale Cove
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glendale Cove
Price Range: ₹ 52,148 - ₹ 3,12,887 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Knight Inlet Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. With over 15 years of experience and a world wide reputation for excellence we are the place to see grizzly bears in British Columbia. Our remote floating lodge has 16 guests rooms and offers a full range of activities for our guests including hiking,kayaking, marine wildlife tours, tracking and whale watching. Open from mid May until mid October with pacakges starting on any day of the week. ... more   less 
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Knight Inlet Resort All Inclusive

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