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Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge
Best time to go: May to June, August to September
3 Nights | from £1,849pp
Holiday type: Tailor-made
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- Grab a rod and haul in huge fish at Campbell River, the 'Salmon Capital of the World'
- Stay in a remote floating lodge amid soaring mountains and lush forest
- Watch huge grizzly bears flip spawning salmon from the river or feast on summer berries
- Cruise the Johnstone Strait, watching for whales, dolphins and orca
- Roam old-growth rainforest, spotting bald eagles soaring above
Day 1 Vancouver / Campbell River
Canada's a wide, wild country –and it gets wilder as you go west. Take a scenic flight from Vancouver to Campbell River, a settlement on the north shore of Vancouver Island renowned as the 'Salmon Capital of the World', to begin your adventure watching cruise ships navigate the famous Inside Passage –and perhaps picking up a rod and line to haul in one of those flapping fish.
Comfort Inn | Meals: Room Only
Day 2 - 3 Campbell River/Knight Inlet Lodge
Board a floatplane for the journey north-west to the mouth of the Glendale River and the remote Knight Inlet Lodge, a miniature floating village in a sheltered cove in the vast expanse of green dubbed the Great Bear Rainforest. There’s salmon here, too – which is why grizzly bears flock here to feast on the fish, gathering in some of the densest concentrations in the province. Search for grizzlies with your expert guide – by boat or, from late August, from viewing stands overlooking the river, which swarms with thousands of pink salmon dashing upstream to spawn, attracting dozens of hungry bears.
It’s easy to be captivated by the sight of huge bears flipping fish from the river, but make time for some of the other activities available at the lodge. Search for bald eagles on a hike through the old-growth forest in the Kwalate Valley, or head along the fjord and into the Johnstone Strait on a cruise to spot porpoises, playful white-sided dolphins, sea lions, seals and, if you’re lucky, humpback or minke whales.
How you view the wildlife depends on when you visit. From mid-July, the Robson Bight Marine Orca Whale Sanctuary is home to 16 pods of killer whales, and bears feast on berries in forest clearings. Cubs tend to arrive around August in time for the salmon-catching season.
Knight Inlet Lodge | Meals: Full board including bear viewing activities
Day 4 Campbell River / Vancouver
There's one last chance to watch the grizzlies before flying back to Vancouver and continuing your British Columbia journey.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 4 day suggested extension will cost from £1,849 per person, based on two sharing, including internal flights from Vancouver and bear viewing activities and meals. This itinerary can be added to a larger Canada adventure and subject to availability.
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Best time to be there
The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.
For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.
For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.
Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.
Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.