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Knight Inlet Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glendale Cove
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“If there was a God, he'd vacation here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2010

This place will steal your breath but give you back a fresh soul in return. I had never before, truly, appreciated nature until I came here. I think that I may not have had a human spirit until I came here.

I arrived at Knight Inlet in a nervous sweat following an unenjoyable float-plane ride. I shuddered at the communal dining area with shared tables. I freaked at the sleeping cabins with shared lounge areas and unlocked bedroom doors. I rolled my eyes at the over-zealous, eco-warrior Canadian camp-leaders. I snarled at the lack of internet, phone reception and TV. I couldn't sleep on the first night as I repeatedly cursed the place. I cringe now to think of how I was.

The next day I saw my first grizzly in the wild, I saw Cathedral Spires, I felt the spray of Rainbow Falls and the unrivalled beauty of Knight Inlet, suddenly hit me. The tranquility, the calm, the smells, the sights, the sounds are all beyond words. It was the most magical experience of my life and I would lose my right arm to experience that feeling again.

Stay here if you get the chance. Stay here for as long as you can!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank your_socks_my_shoes
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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50 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2009

I'm giving this place 5 stars not for the accommodation - more on this - but because of the wonderful location and fantastic activities. You really are off the edge of the map when you come here. We had 5 nights with no TV, radio or telephone. Utter peace and utter bliss.

It isn't cheap but the price is all inclusive. For that you get a wide range of activities including all day whale watching trips on small but very fast boats, bear watching, trips up the estuary, kayaking, walking trips all just excellent. I would encourage anyone to stay for as long as possible in order to appreciate what is on offer. We never got bored over 5 days.

The days start with breakfast from 6.30am and first activity at 7.30am. Depending on your own timetable you finished between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. The bar opens at 6.00pm with appetisers from 6.30 and dinner at 7.00pm. There is a post dinner talk at 8.00pm by one of the guides (different each night and variable in quality!) before collapsing exhausted into bed! Very busy days.

All kit such as waterproofs, life jackets and wellingtons are provided.

There are a lot of European guests with a majority being British.

The food is buffet style and of surprisingly good quality. It isn't fine dining but there is plenty of it and a good range. Decent wine is provided.

The rooms are fairly basic. The beds are queen size and sheets are changed after 3 nights. Housekeeping consists of changing towels only. The furnishings are rustic and fairly basic. The bathroom has a shower with fantastically hot water, a basin and WC. The water is filtered but brownish and isn't recommended for drinking. There are lots of water fountains around to fill jugs with drinking water.

The staff and guides all muck in and were very friendly - it feels like a very happy place. Great dogs and a family of otters on the pontoons too!

If I was basing this review on the rooms alone I would give it 3 stars but you spend so ittle time in them this doesn't matter. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Diz01
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Halifax, UK
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145 reviews
98 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2009

This was always planned to be the highlight of the trip and it certainly didn’t disappoint, living up to or exceeding all our expectations. The accommodation at the Lodge itself was quite basic and this is only to be expected given its unique location, having said that, it was perfectly clean and comfortable. The rooms are very spacious. It didn’t really matter as the programme of activities meant you were only in there to sleep anyway! We also spent most of the time we did have in the room looking out of the window at the fantastic view and the family of sea otters playing on the decks - what more could you want?

The day started with a 06:30 breakfast and you could take part in activities through to 18:00 in the evening just in time for dinner starting at 18:30. The activities were flexible and not necessarily strictly according to the itinerary, i.e. it was possible to chop and change what you wanted to do. The one thing we would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to do this, subject to budget, is to take at least the three night package which gives you one night in Campbell River and two nights at the Lodge. The reason we say this is that after one night there, you just won’t feel like you are ready to leave!

The food at the Lodge was excellent with all dietary requirements catered for and all the staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable – we couldn’t praise the place highly enough. The days are well organised but flow in a really relaxed and informal manner. There's all the equipment and clothing you need. We saw grizzly bears, bald eagles, deer, otters, seals and of course, thousands of salmon. Highlights included the inlet cruise with the fantastic Bob Scriba and kayaking up the estuary to see more bears and eagles with Jasmine and again with Dean. It was a joy to be at the Lodge and to spend time with such dedicated and friendly people.

We did unfortunately hear one couple on our float plane complaining that the two night package was sold as a three day trip when in effect there is little to do in Campbell River on the first and third day. We think part of this is perhaps that the planes coming into Campbell River arrive in the morning leaving the rest of that day in the town where some people said that there is apparently not that much to do. Our view on this is that we were fully aware of this when we booked the package and it didn't affect our enjoyment of the trip at all - including Campbell River which was just fine. We felt it was a privilege to be staying somewhere so remote and as such, there have to be some parameters about the travel arrangements. We honestly couldn't recommend this place enough. If you are able to afford it, just go, the memories will stay with you forever.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Riflerangeblues
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weston-super-mare england
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2009

float plane to the floating hotel.1st class food.thoroughly organised for tours out to see bears, orcas etc. helpful,professional and fabulous guides. night skies to die for.stars galore.brilliant experience.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank chrisbreddy428
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Moira, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2009

This was our 2nd stay , the first was for 1 night 3 years ago, we always knew we would return. This time we were at the lodge for 2 nights and 1 night at Heron's landing as before. Heron's landing was a large suite with full kitchen - more than we needed for 1 night and very comfortable.
Knight's Inlet was superb from the fabulous floatplane flight (one of us had the co-pilot seat) , comfortable but sparse rooms (you don't spend much time in the room due to the pace of the activities), wonderful food by the resident chefs includes all meals and permanently availbale snacks.
The real reason for visiting is the wildlife and scenery, we saw a total of 25 bears both Grizzly and Black. The grizzlies were very animated as they fished for salmon and a mother with cubs fought off another female who got too close. Another huge bear performed the classic back rubbbing behaviour on a scratching tree , you wouldl normally have to watch a David Attenborough documentary to see the bears like this.We also had a single black bear wander along the rocky shoreline next to the lodge.
Other sights were the otters, eagles and walks through the rainforest.
The guides are enthusiastic, Kevin was a great entertainer and we had the privilege of meeting Robert (Bob) Scriber author of 'Season of the Grizzly' whose knowledge of th grizzlies is immense, bizarrely his book was not for sale in the lodge shop (open 30 minues a day) but was available at the floatplane booking office.
On of the best 2 days we have spent in our lives.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GandC_UK
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Shropshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2009

The area is stunningly beautiful. We unfortunately only stayed for 1 night but saw about 12 bears, some of them cubs. We cannot praise the food and service too highly. The staff go way beyond what is expected of them to make your stay memorable. We fully agree with one previous reviewer that this is not just a bear viewing expedition but a lifetime experience. The cost is fairly high but worth every penny or cent.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bearlovertara
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Queensland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2009

This place is amazingly beautiful, You need to allow your self enough time to see the bears, one day is not enough. The food, service, rooms are all fantastic. The staff go far above of what is expected of them to make your stay great. This is not just a bear viewing expedition its a lifetime experience and well worth the money. Above all we got to see the bears, eagles, otters (now my most favorite animal), deer, slugs, seals, and salmon. And all this is packed in to beautiful scenery. If Knights inlet wasnt so far from Australia we would be back tommorrow.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank rottweilerQueensland
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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 
Also Known As:
Knight Inlet Hotel Glendale Cove
Knight Inlet Resort All Inclusive
Knight Inlet Lodge Canada/British Columbia

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