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“Knights landing”
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Knight Inlet Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glendale Cove
Certificate of Excellence
melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Knights landing”
Reviewed 3 September 2014

Great location . Good food and accommodation on this floating lodge in the BC outback/wilderness. A great way to see the Grizzley bears. Also access via float plane through the mountains was stunning and an adventure

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

Whilst it is a floating accommodation, the standard of the rooms and the food is excellent. The activities are well organized and the bears are incredible. We went on 27th/28th August 2014 and saw loads of bears and thousands of pink salmon, all swimming up hill. We went kayaking and a bear swam within 10 metres of us but we felt very safe in hands of Jason. Expensive but once in a lifetime.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

Beautiful place, wonderful staff, good food, incredible animals! Aa amazing experience. Everything is done in a respectful way not to disturb the wildlife and we 've had such beautiful viewings of the grizzlies, even better than we expected. The guides are all beautiful people who have alot to tell about the animals and the surroundings and we learned alot ! Try to stay more nights because you will regret to leave after only one night. We stayed 5 nights and loved every minute of it!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We stayed for three nights at the lodge at the end of August.

We have wanted to do this for several years and the whole experience has been incredible. There are of course lots of reviews singing the praises of this place and while I could just say the place is amazing all round I wanted to put into words some of the things we experienced.

Perhaps ironically for a hotel review the room is not that important (only really in it to sleep). No it's not the Savoy but you're staying on a floating lodge in the middle of nowhere, in that respect the room is much better than I thought. Reasonable size, various configurations of beds (ours had two doubles). Beds were comfy with lovely duvets. The bathroom was fine - decent shower and a proper flushing toilet (what more could you ask). Only quibbles were the small towels and the thin walls.

The lodge facilities were again better than expected: large dinning room with free tea/coffee/water/fizzy drinks etc and constant supply of naughties in the cookie jars; lounge with TV, pool table etc; drying room with very good quality kit (not just jackets and life vests but walking poles, dry bags and rucksacks).

Food, as has been said was very good in both quantity and quality. Breakfast has a variety of hot and cold options from egg and bacon to pancakes to cereal and almost everything in between. Lunch and dinner have several options and there are copious pre-dinner appetisers. The chefs are also very good at adapting to different needs and while we were there prepared bespoke meals for certain people so allergies/intolerances and even fussy eating can be catered for. Special mention to the lunch the chefs prepared for our marine tour (was not expecting table cloths, hot soup, pasta, crab etc) it was great.

The staff were fantastic and the whole atmosphere is very relaxed. All our guides were brilliant (so special thanks to Perry, Jess, Tamar, Jason, Eddy and Moira). It is clear they are passionate and it is lovely to be with people who care so much. The great attitude extends to all staff including the chefs, cleaners, just everyone! The staff also do presentations in the evening which were very informative.

I though it was organised in a very good way and did not hear any complaints while we were there. Despite us being rubbish at remembering to see Moira to book the next days activities we always had what we wanted and were not disappointed once. When the stands are open, you are guaranteed to be there at least once a day. As others have said, you need to be there 3 days to do the Marine Tour, we did and loved it.

Bears - obviously as they say here, the bears are not on the payroll and you cannot guarantee to see them. We were perhaps lucky, in two days of bear watching we had over 50 bear sightings, including being only a few meters away in a kayak as a bear came swimming past. Words can't really describe how amazing seeing them and being there is. As well as grizzlies there were more Bald Eagles than we could count, a black bear just behind the lodge, deer and a lot of sea life.

Marine Tour - if you get the chance, do it. Again, we may have been lucky but we saw a large pod of Orcas, loads of whales (diving, feeding, breaching, being harassed by dolphins), loads of dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions.

Importantly we have also come away having made friends, the atmosphere of like minded people enjoying themselves created such a positive feeling that everyone got on really well and we have exchanged e-mail and addresses with people who we will try and keep in touch with and that is always nice for a holiday.

We loved all of Canada and BC but this was special and is an experience we will treasure forever - though we will try to come back again I'm sure. If you love bears - I cannot recommend this enough.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2014

Amazing and incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, fantastic location, very good for watching bears (the Weir and Finger stands consistently seemed to attract most bears) and other wildlife (especially eagles/seals), food great. Absolutely no wifi or mobile phone reception, which was a pleasant relief (e.g. no mobiles interrupting bear watching) and even the wifi addicted offspring agreed on balance that it worked well. Rooms comfortable and a good size. The Lodge operates a strict regimen, with breakfast from 06:30 and activities planned at pre-determined times throughout the day, which worked well and was essential in order to coordinate the different activities.

If you want to do the whale watching trip you MUST stay at Knight Inlet for 3 nights.

Only grumble is that the activities on the second and subsequent days are determined on the evening of the night before on a first-come first-served basis, which meant we didn't get our preferred options; given just how expensive the Lodge is (and it's a lot), there must be a better way of determining who does what.

But on balance, a fantastic way to watch bears with an excellent team at the Lodge; just be pushy (and early) in trying to book the next day's activities.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Kent
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180 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

What an amazing place. Only thing that let it down slightly for us, was the hotel in Campbell River. Its no where near the town, so unless you want to eat at the local pub, you have either a long walk or expensive taxi ride to get food.
Back to Knights Inlet itself. What an amazing place. The accommodation was brilliant, spacious and spotlessly clean.
The staff, were without exception BRILLIANT, so friendly, and very helpful. They were very informative, and bent over backwards to make sure everyone had a good time.
The food was excellent, plenty of choice and very well cooked.
I just loved this place and can't wait to go back.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex
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99 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2014

What an amazing holiday and one it will be difficult to forget. Our aim was to see Black and Grizzly bears and in no way were we disappointed, thanks to the knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides that we were fortunate to have. All the staff went out of their way to ensure that we had an experience never to be forgotten. The rooms were well appointed with excellent ensuite facilities. The food was amazing and all freshly prepared and indeed, in some cases, freshly harvested from the cove itself. All the equipment was first class, so there really was no need to take wet weather clothing. A truly memorable time, spent with those we will always consider 'our friends'. Thank you all so much.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Knight Inlet Lodge
Address: 8841 Driftwood Rd, Glendale Cove, British Columbia V9J 1A8, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Glendale Cove
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glendale Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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 Hotel Glendale Cove
Knight Inlet Resort All Inclusive
Knight Inlet Lodge Canada/British Columbia

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