Knight Inlet Lodge
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Knight Inlet Lodge

8574 Reinhold Rd #4, Black Creek, British Columbia V9J 1B4 Canada
bears fishing for salmon
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Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada's premier grizzly bear viewing destination. With over 25 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 18 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 packages starting on any day of the week.
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Free breakfast
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Breakfast buffet
Free airport transportation
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Non-smoking hotel
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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JFBell wrote a review Sept 2022
London, United Kingdom395 contributions121 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only had 24 hours at the Lodge, but we were kept active. First trip started less than an hour after landing, and there were two more trips later in the day. Getting to see a wild Grizzly at 25m is pretty special. Even the following morning, when we were scheduled to leave at 10, we had a kayak tour before departure. It can be tiring, but it would be awful to come away from here feeling you hadn’t made maximum use of the time available. Accommodation is basic, but clean, and comfortable. Food is served buffet style, and was excellent in range of dishes, and quality of what was served. the staff are all very knowledgeable about the animals in the area, and clearly passionate about wildlife. An unmissable stay; only wish we had had a little longer. 2 days in the lodge would probably have been a lot better, and would have opened up other activities which they offer, but for which we did not have time.
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Date of stay: September 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms facing the cove have the best view.
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Sarah C wrote a review June 2022
4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the lodge in June 2022 as part of our delayed honeymoon and we were not disappointed, especially after waiting for so long to visit. As well as providing the opportunity to view bears, without disturbing them or encroaching on their natural habitat, we were well educated on how to view the bears safely and respectfully and also check for signs of bears in the environment. The guides are very knowledgeable about bears, the local environment and also the First Nations population and we loved visiting this special place and learning about it all. We saw about 6 grizzlies on a two day excursion and a couple of black bears. We did hiking, bear tracking, boat excursions and kayaking. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and despite it being a lot of money we thought it was worth it. The lodge itself is self sufficient and a beautiful place to be, the food was spectacular and the staff welcoming and friendly. Thanks for a great time and for the wonderful memories!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AltabasTravels wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom239 contributions90 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I chose to spoil ourselves a bit this year and stayed with Knight Inlet Lodge for their 5 night package (one of those nights being in Campbell River).

Overall the experience was absolutely exceptional. Knight Inlet is a beautiful and magical place. Simply being there and in the wilderness is an experience in itself.

The staff, guides and managers there are so friendly, helpful, and welcoming. It really felt like a family and we made some great friends there with staff and other visitors alike. It made the stay so much more amazing to share with such lovely people.

Of course the reason we went is for wildlife and there is that in abundance. We encountered Grizzly bears in the estuary from the boat - we were slightly too early in the year for the river stands - and had some great viewings seeing them feeding on the sedge as well as scouring the tide zones. We also encountered a more elusive black bear. As we stayed longer, we also did the one day marine tour which was like stepping into a nature documentary. There seemed to be marine life every way we turned; humpback whales, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, many bird species, shoals of fish, and my personal goal and favourite animal - Orca.

The lodge is gorgeous and really well looked after. Meals were exceptional, and the guides kept us entertained all day with additional excursions ( I would also really recommend the tracking and the rainforest walk) as well as evening talks.

Thank you for such an amazing trip Knight Inlet!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want to view bears in the river stands from September you need to book early! No WiFi in...
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Helen T wrote a review Sept 2022
Kings Lynn, UK224 contributions162 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A most amazing experience from the moment we arrived at Vancouver Island Air to get the float plane to the Lodge. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

The lodge itself is on a raft. Rooms are super comfortable with views over the cove. Food is amazing, especially when you consider how remote the Lodge is. All meals had meat, fish and vegetarian options. They can also cater for special dietary requirements as long as you notify them. Free tea/coffee/ soft drinks available all day...and the morning cookies are so moreish.

We were lucky to see loads of bears: there is something special about seeing them in the wild. Also the boat trips, walks etc were all spectacular.

Particularly impressive was the way in which everything was organised to give the guests the best possible experience., while being aware of the need for safety around potentially dangerous animals.

All the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm for, knowledge and understanding of the natural world, not just the bears, was incredible and they passed this on to their guests.

Thanks so much all you guys for an amazing few days.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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laurie213 wrote a review Sept 2022
Milna, Croatia57 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If I could give higher than 5 stars I would. This experience was just perfect. The only slight issue was the delay in our flight getting to the lodge because of morning fog which obviously cannot be helped - however the team ensured we had more activity time in the afternoon to make up for this, which was so kind of them to do. This was just one example of many of how the staff go the extra mile to ensure you have the best time. Their knowledge of the wildlife and surrounding area was incredible and we loved the work they do towards conservation.
The lodge itself is beautiful and the food/drinks were great - you'll never be hungry. We loved being able to meet so many interesting people as we ate in the dining hall and Dean's evening story was one of our highlights - interesting, captivating and just a great laugh!
The inlet tour was a great way to see the surrounding scenery and take it all in. The estuary tour was also incredible and we managed to see a few bears as well as eagles, seals and deer. We even managed to see a bear dive onto a leaping salmon.
All of the staff were incredibly friendly and a special shout out to Jessica, Leah, Dean and Anna who were our guides during our stay. They even arranged for some wine, food and a handmade card to be in our room during activities as a celebration of our honeymoon.
The only regret I have is that we spent only 24 hours at the lodge as we had quite a busy schedule but if you get the chance to stay longer then it is definitely worth it!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gill G wrote a review June 2022
London, United Kingdom30 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Knight Inlet Lodge was superb all round and particularly for bear viewing. The facility is manned all-year round by a research team. Therefore, the bears remain habituated to human presence. Many of the guides had been there for several years. Some guides were previously part of the research team and others were doing maintenance all through the pandemic. The manager runs an extremely organised operation. There are many excellent activities available for all ranges of guests. Walks could be individualised to fitness, kayaking is on offer and marine tours at no extra cost. We were amazed at the facilities available. There are 4 activities per day, so if you wanted to, you could go out into the estuary all 4 times, allowing for variations in tide levels. We were there in Spring, when the bears are feeding on sedge at high tide and on mussels/barnacles at low tide. Both gave us great bear viewing. All guests were catered for in a considerate manner. Comfortable rooms, good food, good service and good facilities. We had fantastic sightings of both Grizzly/Brown and Black bears. I am so looking forward to reviewing my photos when I get home. Worth every penny. I would recommend this lodge wholeheartedly.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andy B wrote a review Sept 2022
41 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and two sons (18 and 15) travelled around Vancouver Island for two weeks and this was, by far, the highlight of the holiday.
From the arrival at the sea plane to fly you here, to the departures they aim to provide you with an experience, and what an experience it is. The schedule is packed, but not exhaustively so, and you can opt for free time if you wish... but hey, why would you? :-)
The flight was fun, landing and taking a boat looking for wildlife then back for a break, drinks and snacks. Then out on a bear watch to the finger spit. Absolutely amazing. We learnt the bears are not aggressive, and saw first hand an (unplanned) close encounter of a grizzly and a ranger. The bear wandered around the corner, looked at the ranger, and thought "I'm hungry and that has no food" and sauntered off.
Finish the day with amazing food, a cultural show in the evening and up early next day for one last trip before departing 10am sharp.
The staff were knowledgeable, and we felt safe every step of the adventure. Not only that they are super friendly and just simply the best.
The food was just great, chef please note I've been inspired and got a mini smoker like yours!
The flight back provided some last chance phot opportunities and then sadly back to reality. Far too short a trip, but it's not cheap, however it's worth every penny!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Ian D wrote a review Oct 2022
King's Lynn, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
4 nights staying on knight inlet, fly in by seaplane and was looked after by fantastic catering staff and guides whilst having a tour around pristine temperate rain forest. We saw wild grizzlies from viewing platforms whilst being quietly educated by the guides, humpback whales and porpoises on boat trips and walks through forest on four tours a day, and be superbly fed everytime you return to the lodge.
Cant speak highly enough of the whole experience, especialy the crew, little leah, anna,kelsey,harold,to name but a few honestly one of those life changing experiences wow wow wow
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: I cant comment on value as this was booked as part of a trip
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Hugh C wrote a review July 2022
Southlake, Texas26 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A proper wilderness adventure - from the seaplane to the lodge, to the motorboat around the inlet to the hikes and bears. The food was excellent - not easy given the location - and the guides were very well informed and fun. Big shout out to Kelsie, Effie, Tim, Derek and Leah. Good with the teenagers. We did 4 nights including the night in Campbell River. Bears, eagles, porpoises, humpbacks, orcas and plenty of friendly seals.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Go to Session for dinner in Campbell River. Take warm clothes. Insect bite cream.
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gorsey wrote a review June 2022
Manchester, United Kingdom93 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful setting with plenty of bear sightings. Very impressed by the care and knowledge of the staff, plus their emphasis on safety. We had a wonderful experience with great memories. A day of very wet weather didn’t detract from the experience and the weather gear they provided certainly protected from the elements so save your suitcase space. Our thanks to you all.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Answer from jimswan2016
Kirkcolm, United Kingdom65 contributions23 helpful votes
I think all their packages are based on you staying 1night in Comfort inn at Campbell River.You are better to email them as their contact is Black Creek south of Campbell River and they will respond reasonably quickly.I have been twice to KI and hope to return next year,so mutch for a once in a lifetime trip in 2017 and again this year!!
Answer from jimswan2016
Kirkcolm, United Kingdom65 contributions23 helpful votes
NO.You fly in by seaplane and no signal while you are there.If you do whalewatching tour you can often get enough signal to pick up emails or messages,but no guarantee.That is the beauty of the place,no distractions.
Answer from Saskia W
Schaffhausen, Switzerland201 contributions140 helpful votes
Hello if you stay at the Comfort Inn the night before the lodge you can leave your car there. Otherwise there is some space at the floatplane terminal but not much, you need to check that in advance. Enjoy it‘s a fantastic lodge!!
Answer from Susan M
Sydney, Australia16 contributions10 helpful votes
You are allowed up to 14kg each on the seaplane and yes they have free storage for your larger suitcases at Campbell River. They supply waterproofs (jackets and pants), warm jackets, boots and binoculars. Walking poles, just about everything you could need. It is very well organised. If you are a snack a holic maybe pack some Chocolate or chips( not to be taken on viewings as bears can smell them) but otherwise all meals supplied and a well stocked bar available too. Hope you enjoy as much as we did.
Answer from kilopsman
Vancovuer Island7 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi there. Mosquitos are not a big problem at the lodge but if you do wish to bring a repellent we ask that it be low or no scent variety as the bears are quite sensitive to different scents.
sharri91 wrote a tip Dec 2023
Monmouth, United Kingdom397 contributions107 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid mid summer when the chance to see bears is less likely"
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Andrew M wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look to go in September, the colour of the forests are stunning and the salmon are moving into the rivers."
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Dazzer6666 wrote a tip Sept 2023
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom214 contributions160 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared for a busy time"
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Diane C wrote a tip Sept 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for longer than 3 nights"
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RosieLincs wrote a tip Sept 2023
York, United Kingdom248 contributions142 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Height of summer is not a good time to go if you want to see bears they can be elusive then"
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CanadaBritish ColumbiaVancouver IslandComox ValleyBlack Creek
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Which popular attractions are close to Knight Inlet Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Miracle Beach Provincial Park (2.9 km), Seaview Game Farm (4.7 km), and Miracle Beach Mini Golf (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Knight Inlet Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Knight Inlet Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Knight Inlet Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black Creek Diner, Driftwood Restaurant Campbell River, and Forbidden Zone Pizza.
Does Knight Inlet Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Knight Inlet Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Knight Inlet Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Knight Inlet Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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