Accommodations here are just a small part of the total Knight Inlet Lodge experience, which focuses on outdoor and wildlife activities. Until recently another lodge went by the same name and thus some reviews here actually refer to the now-named Salicone Lodge, which is land based rather than the Knight Inlet Lodge, which is on the water and known as a floating lodge.
The rooms at Knight Inlet Lodge are rustic but comfortable with some facing the water and mountains. Ours, which held two double beds, was on the second floor and faced the forest. We found the beds to be rather soft but acceptable for one night, which is all we stayed. The small bathroom held a shower (no tub) with a door that was difficult to close when inside. It took a long time for hot water to arrive. The lodge provides drinking water in the room as the running water should not be used for drinking or brushing teeth. A common sitting room on the first floor offered room residents in our small building a place to relax with a sofa and arm chairs, fireplace and water view. The available lighting, however, seemed insufficient for reading after dark.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, a variety of sodas and snacks remain available in the dining room at all times. All our meals were excellent. The breakfast buffet included eggs, bacon, pancakes, scones, toast, yogurt, etc. Lunch consisted of build-your-own hamburgers, bratwurst, French fries and salads. Before dinner we had Dungeness crab legs, caught just hours before. The main course was fresh grilled halibut and fried chicken. White and red wine were included with the meal. Other alcoholic drinks could be purchased at the bar.
Our two-night package included a first-night stay at Heron's Landing in Campbell River and a 25-minute flight by float plane the next morning to the lodge. We thought the float plane flight was terrific fun and very much a part of the lodge experience. The seat next to the pilot is open to the first person who sits there and I had that wonderful position on the return flight.
All the lodge staff were upbeat, friendly, helpful, professional and determined to ensure that guests enjoyed themselves. Activities were nonstop throughout the day. Shortly after arriving at the lodge, we got on a boat for a tour of the estuary, where we saw many bald eagles, seals and a big black bear. After lunch, we spent two hours at a bear-viewing stand and watched seven grizzlies, including two cubs, fish successfully for pink salmon. Later, we got on a speedboat and saw much more of the area, including waterfalls and a glacier. After dinner, there was the opportunity to attend an interpretive talk. In the morning, we went kayaking before boarding the float plane. The lodge provides binoculars and wet weather clothing, including boots.
As others have mentioned, a lodge package is expensive. That's why we opted to stay for just one night there and gamble that we would see grizzlies, our main reason for coming. We had good weather and good luck. For those who want to bypass a float plane flight, forego many outdoor activities and not stay overnight at a lodge located in Knight Inlet, thus spending less money, Tide Rip Grizzly Tours offers a day tour out of Telegraph Cove to Knight Inlet. I took that tour in June 2008 and was quite satisfied. In the fall, Tide Rip uses one of the same bear viewing stands as Knight Inlet Lodge.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Knight Inlet Hotel Glendale Cove
- Knight Inlet Resort All Inclusive
- Knight Inlet Lodge Canada/British Columbia