Every once in a while you come across a new destination and experience that simply takes your breath away. I have just returned from one of those such experiences. Nestled away on the west coast of Canada, in the heart of the former glacial fiord land in Knights Inlet Lodge. This rustic floating lodge is located in Glendale Cove surrounded by pristine wilderness and is home to a major population of Grizzly Bears. For two days we had the privilege of watching these magnificent animals in their natural habitat feasting on salmon in preparation for their winter hibernation. The lodge offers all types of viewing options from estuary observation from boats, close up viewing from their many permanent hides, and kayaking options in the lower Glendale River. While they are careful not to guarentee a bear sighting we saw 47 Grizzlies in our first afternoon.
There are experienced guides on hand and group sizes are kept small, allowing not only close up viewing but informed commentary on the Bears life cycle and habits. Each of the resident guides is passionate about the bears and tend to spend the entire season at the lodge. Some have been comong back for several years, with other spending the Northern Hemisphere's winter in Australia, New Zealand or Africa in similar roles. The information is continued with informative after dinner sessions in the lodge’s cosy lounge area. The lodge is truly isolated from the outside world with no phone access, radio or telephone. Total numbers at the lodge are kept down and are are usually four activities per day done on a rotation system. I would recommend 2 nights at Knight Inlet to take full advantage of all of the activities on offer and to appreciate the uniquness of the experience. A pre night is also required at Campbell River
on Victoria Island in order to catch the morning flight into Glendale Cove. The only form of transportation to and from Knight Inlet is by float plane. As you leave Knight Inlet you can’t help but feel humbled by the experience of seeing these majestic animals in their natural environment.