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This floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia and the location of our 2018 Festival of Bears.

Lying some 60 kilometres inland along the largest fjord on the British Columbia coast, Knight Inlet Lodge was inaugurated in May 2013. It has 16 guest rooms, all with private en suite bathrooms with a shower.  All meals are included and feature fresh local produce, fish and complimentary wine is served with dinner. The staff includes naturalist guides and photography leaders, who accompany all excursions. On most evenings there is a wildlife talk or presentation, or a film is shown.

The main reason to stay at Knight Inlet lodge, though, is the fact that it is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest where there is one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia. The lodge offers boat trips to explore the hidden coves of the inlet allowing you to view bears at eye-level making for a remarkable experience. Alternatively, you can take a boat across the cove, and then take a small bus along an old logging road to reach the salmon spawning channels, where it is not uncommon to see 10-15 bears on the river at any one time and the viewing is done from elevated stands.

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The Bear Essentials

Focus on seeing British Columbia’s largest carnivore - the brown or grizzly bear. Fly by floatplane to your wilderness lodge of choice, and enjoy daily bear watching trips, either by boat, kayak or from hides, affording some remarkably close up encounters and an unforgettable experience.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Festival of Bears

In 2018 our annual Festival of Bears returns to one of our favourite locations for bear watching – Knight Inlet in Glendale Cove. Renowned conservationist Mark Carwardine and Wildlife Worldwide founder Chris Breen accompany a special visit to the Great Bear Rainforest to see grizzlies at prime time.

  • When to go: Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet

This untouched wilderness offers unrivalled opportunities to watch and photograph some of North America's most notable wildlife, including massive brown bears, soaring bald eagles and large pods of orcas. Situated 70 kilometres north of Campbell River, Glendale Cove is accessible by floatplane.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, humpback whale, orca, pine marten
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife festivals, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Whale watching, Bear watching

The Great Bear Rainforest

The area’s mountains, valleys and forests, extending up much of BC’s coastline, offer sanctuary to large numbers of grizzlies and black bear. No other mainland location offers such intimate wildlife encounters amidst breathtaking natural splendour. You can watch bears on foot or while drifting downriver.

  • Where: British Columbia
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, humpback whale, spirit bear, grey wolf
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife festivals, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Bear watching