A magical journey, seeing the bears - and plenty more - in their natural habitat provides the holiday experience of a lifetime.
Knight Inlet Lodge floats above water within Glendale Cove and is accessible only by floatplane during a short summer season. Whether it is in early summer, when the bears forage on the coastlines at low tide for barnacles, or at the height of the summer when the salmon return to the spawning channels giving the bears access to thousands of fish, you are more or less guaranteed to see these wonderful animals. Bears are the main reason to travel here, but don’t be surprised to see whales, dolphins, seals and majestic bald eagles grace the cove and inlet. Combine this with a few days exploring vibrant Vancouver and you can have a truly memorable holiday experience.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Travel from the UK to Vancouver International Airport where a private transfer will meet you, driving the half hour or so into this wonderful city on the water. This evening, chose to walk by Canada Place or head into Gastown for some of the city’s best restaurants.
Vancouver is a bustling and beautiful city with plenty of options around and about to fill a couple of days. Within easy reach of downtown is the Waterfront; head to Canada Place where the cruise ships dock and while there, check out the interactive Fly Over Canada; a fantastic immersive ride really highlighting all of Canada. Check out other sites such as Stanley Park and Granville Island within the city or head north over the Lions Gate Bridge to scale the heights of the Capillano Suspension Bridge.
Enjoy a final morning in Vancouver before taking a private transfer to Vancouver Airport's South Terminal. Take a flight with Pacific Coastal Airlines of about an hour to Campbell River, about half way up Vancouver Island. This is the stopping off point for Knight Inlet and Grizzly Tours will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Explore this quaint little town on the water for the rest of the day; seeing the huge cruise ships traversing the Inside Passage from this location is a frequent and enthralling site.
You will be taken to the nearby floatplane base for a short flight to Knight Inlet Lodge. Following a small boat excursion in the estuary, depart on two 2-hour tours in the afternoon; the first of these follows the bears, whilst the other will be a sightseeing cruise.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
It is up to you how you spend this day at the lodge. Venture in land and view the bears in the streams, take a sea kayaking tour of Glendale Cove, hike through the Kwalate River Valley or go on a wildlife tracking adventure.
Options for how to spend the day:
• Bear viewing
• Sea kayaking tour
• Hiking through Kwalate River Valley
• Wildlife tracking
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
You will have time for one last bear viewing cruise around Glendale Cove after breakfast. While out on the water, your seaplane will arrive to take you back to Campbell River. From here, take the return flight to Vancouver South Terminal and transfer to the international side of the airport and check-in for an overnight flight back to the UK.
Meals included: Breakfast
‘Waterfront, Downtown Boutique’
The Loden Hotel is a boutique property located in downtown Vancouver and steps away from Coal Harbour waterfront. It’s in an ideal location, adjacent to many of Vancouver's most popular attractions including museums, galleries, world-class shopping and numerous restaurants. The hotel houses just 77 rooms and suites, all custom designed and with views of the city and water ways. Amenities include a fitness centre on site, spa services offered and its own unique bistro and bar, and there is a Wanderfit programme to make the most of the surrounding nature on bike, trekking and cycling.
‘Waterfront Location, West Coast Style’
Comfort Inn & Suites Campbell River offer a unique location overlooking the waterside and just minutes from the ferry terminal linking it to Quadra & Cortes Islands. Providing guests with an indoor pool and hot tub as well room amentities such as a fridge, microwave and free breakfast every morning, this makes for a great welcome to Vancouver Islands east coast area. Whether you want to go on a grizzly bear tour, try your hand at fishing or whale watching, the hotel’s location surrounded by the great Canadian outdoors could be the perfect stopover for you.
Flights in economy
Accommodation as listed - 5 night in total
Private airport transfers in Vancouver
Bear viewing package can be up to 5 nights
First night always in Campbell River
Return float plane flights between Campbell River and Glendale Cove
Transfers in Campbell River
Activities such as hiking and kayaking on offer at Knight Inlet
Full board and soft drinks included at Knight Inlet Lodge
Meals unless otherwise stated
Share your ideas, tell us what you’re expecting and ask us as many questions as you like; together we can identify what will make your trip exceptional – only then will we begin to tailor-make your holiday.
We will use our destination expertise to plan an itinerary that will work for you – your personal specialist is happy to respond by phone, email or text. Your trip will be refined and reshaped until you love the way it looks, and it fits you perfectly!
We partner with only the finest hotels & resorts that we feel exemplify the Destinology experience. It’s these close relationships that help us to offer our clients that little bit more. We live luxury and we think you should too.