Grizzlies of Knight Inlet: a Canadian Safari Expedition | Yampu Tours

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Grizzlies of Knight Inlet: a Canadian Safari Expedition

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 9232

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Relish in spectacular snow-capped mountains, immense fjords and incredible salmon fishing in Campbell River.
  • Witness the region's wildlife up close and personal while in Glendale Cove, home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia.
  • Travel throughout the inlet of Glendale Cove, viewing the seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional minke whale on a marine wildlife tour.
  • Spend several days filled with activities through Glendale Cove including day-hiking tours and guided kayaking tours in the estuary.
  • Take in the urban beauty of Vancouver and Victoria, exploring local attractions, dining at delectable restaurants and appreciating the warm culture of the residents.
  • Take in stunning views with scenic Float Plane flights between destinations for a unique vantage point of Canada's pristine landscape.
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Tour Overview

Experience the Grizzlies of Knight Inlet: a Canadian Safari Expedition with 10-days of exploring British Colombia’s rich wildlife of Knight Inlet and Campbell River with tours of the territory’s urban cultural hubs, Vancouver and Victoria.

With towering mountains, glacier-fed waterfalls, and bio-diverse alpine forests teeming with wildlife, British Colombia is a real west coast adventure spot with unparalleled nature experiences from bear viewing and whale watching to hiking and fishing in its rural destinations of Knight Inlet and Campbell River.

Accessible only by boat and floatplane, the pure remoteness of Knight’s inlet provides visitors with a genuine appreciation for nature. Serving as Canada’s premier grizzly bear viewing destination, Knights Inlet marks the beginning of the Great Bear Rainforest, home to Canada’s largest grizzly bears and the elusive white spirit bear. While viewing the famed bears unobtrusively with expert guides, explorers will appreciate all the necessary comforts in the mostly uninhabited region while staying at a floating resort tucked into Glendale Cove.

Known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia who feast on the spawning fish each season. Aside from bear viewing, explorers can travel throughout the inlet, viewing seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, and the occasional minke whale while on a marine tour with great photographic opportunities. Moving closer into civilization, the tour caps off with visits to Vancouver and Victoria to experience the culture, food, and history of the region.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$9232 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$13249 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Vancouver

Upon arrival to Vancouver, you will be met at the airport by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to your hotel.

Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Visit Canada Place and the waterfront, Chinatown, historic Gastown and Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops.

Upon arrival to Vancouver, you will be met at the airport by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to your hotel.

Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Visit Canada Place and the waterfront, Chinatown, historic Gastown and Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops.

Day
2

Vancouver - Campbell River

Today, your driver will pick you up for your transfer to South Terminal Vancouver Airport for your Pacific Coastal Airlines flight to Campbell River. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Campbell River for the night.

Discovered by Europeans in 1792 when Captain George Vancouver sailed up Georgia Strait in search of the Northwest Passage, Campbell River is now renowned worldwide for spectacular snow-capped mountains, immense fjords and incredible salmon fishing - normal fare in British Columbia!

Today, your driver will pick you up for your transfer to South Terminal Vancouver Airport for your Pacific Coastal Airlines flight to Campbell River. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Campbell River for the night.

Discovered by Europeans in 1792 when Captain George Vancouver sailed up Georgia Strait in search of the Northwest Passage, Campbell River is now renowned worldwide for spectacular snow-capped mountains, immense fjords and incredible salmon fishing - normal fare in British Columbia!

Day
3

Campbell River - Glendale Cove

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Transfer to the Vancouver Island Float Plane Dock for your short flight to the lodge. Arrival is approximately 10am. For the next 4 days this will be home.
Glendale Cove is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 50 bears within 10 kilometers of the lodge in the peak fall season, when the salmon are returning to the river. Although they are abundant in the fall, it is not the only season that grizzly bears can be found in Glendale Cove. Starting in late April the bears return to the estuary from winter dens and start the year feeding on the sedges, succulents, grasses and barnacles that abound in our estuary. This luxuriant spring growth provides the basic nutritional needs for the bears which draws them from the mountains down to the estuary. This is the time to see, at close proximity, the tiny cubs emerge with their ever-cautious mothers. In the summer, the berry crop is very heavy and this helps keeps the bears in the general area. We do not get the high numbers of the spring and late summer/fall season viewing, but we usually see some bears every day.
We view the bears differently in the different seasons. In the spring, we set out in boats so that we can get close to the shore (50 metres) and give our guests a good view of the bears feeding. We still remain far enough away as to not disturb them. Our early summer program continues on the water as well, but if the opportunity arises there may be a chance to use our tree stands. By late August we move to our platforms at the spawning channel although we continue to use the tree and river stands. In all of our viewing programs our guest safety is of utmost importance. We strive to see the bears in their natural environment without having a negative impact on them.
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Day
4

Full day Wildlife Excursion in Glendale Cove

Today begins the first of two full days of activities. As well as bear viewing, a number of other tours are offered. The marine wildlife tour is offered in all of the seasons that we operate but it changes greatly as the seasons change. In the spring, travel throughout the inlet viewing the seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional minke whale that may travel though our waters. From July onwards, our tours have the added attraction of the orca (killer) whale and when we journey to the world-famous Johnstone Strait, we are almost assured of spending some great viewing time with these magnificent marine mammals. Not only are whales viewed, but the tour includes all of the spring marine viewing as well, so the program lasts for up to 10 hours. In September, the humpback whales return and are added to the list of marine mammals as they start to arrive from Alaska on their way to Hawaii. The viewing of these gentle giants is infrequent, but when it does happen, it is spectacular. ...read less

Day
5

Final Glendale Cove Excursion

Spend another day filled with activities through Glendale Cove. There are great photographic opportunities on all of the tours, whether the viewing is of birds, bears, other wildlife or scenic. As well, we have day-hiking tours and our guided kayaking tours in the estuary. These tours are great for the novice as we have doubles and singles and excellent guides to take you through the brief lesson and then get you on the water. In past years this has been one of our most popular ways to view.

Spend another day filled with activities through Glendale Cove. There are great photographic opportunities on all of the tours, whether the viewing is of birds, bears, other wildlife or scenic. As well, we have day-hiking tours and our guided kayaking tours in the estuary. These tours are great for the novice as we have doubles and singles and excellent guides to take you through the brief lesson and then get you on the water. In past years this has been one of our most popular ways to view.

Day
6

Float Plane to Vancouver

After breakfast at the lodge this morning, you will again board the float plane for the flight back to Vancouver Island Float Plane Dock and then transfer to Campbell River Airport to connect with your flight back to Vancouver. Upon arrival At Vancouver International Airport South Terminal your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to your Vancouver hotel.

After breakfast at the lodge this morning, you will again board the float plane for the flight back to Vancouver Island Float Plane Dock and then transfer to Campbell River Airport to connect with your flight back to Vancouver. Upon arrival At Vancouver International Airport South Terminal your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to your Vancouver hotel.

Day
7

Private Half Day Vancouver City Tour

This three-hour Vancouver City tour provides perfect photo stops for you to get an up-close look at Vancouver's best sights. You will make a stop at Robson Street, Stanley Park Totem Poles, Lighthouse and Prospect Point. Drive over historic Lions Gate Bridge and take in a spectacular view from Cypress Mountain Lookout. You will return to beautiful Vancouver to continue your city adventure, passing through English Bay, across the Burrard Street Bridge to Kits Beach. We will visit the Planetarium and Maritime Museum and make a 30-minute stop at Granville Island Farmers Market. Continue through the Shaughnessy Mansions, Queen Elizabeth Park and past Vancouver City Hall to Science World, the Olympic Village, BC Place, Roger's Arena, China Town, the Gastown Steam Clock, Olympic Torch and the Canada Place sails. ...read less

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8

Vancouver - Victoria

Your driver will pick you up for your Private transfer from your hotel to the Vancouver Harbor float plane terminal for you harbor to harbor flight to Victoria. On arrival at Victoria's Inner Harbor you will be met by your driver to transfer you to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Your driver will pick you up for your Private transfer from your hotel to the Vancouver Harbor float plane terminal for you harbor to harbor flight to Victoria. On arrival at Victoria's Inner Harbor you will be met by your driver to transfer you to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day
9

Private Half Day Victoria City Tour

Today we have arranged a Private Driver Guide to give you a half day overview of the city, including Beacon Hill Park, Inner Harbor, Chinatown and other highlights of this very British city. The balance of the day is yours to explore.

Today we have arranged a Private Driver Guide to give you a half day overview of the city, including Beacon Hill Park, Inner Harbor, Chinatown and other highlights of this very British city. The balance of the day is yours to explore.

Day
10

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Campbell River, BC, Canada

Glendale Cove, BC, Canada

Victoria, BC, Canada

Places You'll See

  • Campbell River

    Long touted as the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River has been a sought-out destination for fishers and nature lovers from around the globe. Situated on the important Discovery Passage of Vancouver Island, Campbell River provides a stress-free getaway to all visitors who are looking to lose themselves in stunning nature. With activities from fishing and hiking to whale watching and bear viewing Campbell River will not disappoint.

  • Glendale Cove

    Located on the southern side of Knight Inlet, Glendale Cove boasts a tremendous backdrop of coastal mountains and alpine forests within a serene atmosphere far away from the complexities of civilization. Famed for its Grizzly inhabitants, Glendale Cove offers prime bear viewing opportunities in which visitors can observe bears in their natural habitat as they feed along the shores from spring until autumn, feasting on berries and fish including spawning pink salmon.

  • Vancouver

    Located on the western coast in British Colombia, Vancouver is one of the largest and densest cities in Canada. Ethnically diverse, Vancouver offers numerous cultural experiences within its unique neighborhoods and thriving art and theater scenes, all surrounded by picturesque mountains and bay views. While being perched on the edge of wilderness, Vancouver gives nature lovers and cosmopolitan explorers the best of both worlds. Visitors can explore the city through Vancouver’s meandering oceanside pathways and take in the buzzing nightlife with an assortment of restaurants, bars and breweries.

  • Victoria

    Sitting on the south end of Vancouver Island, across the Salish Sea from the U.S. state of Washington, Victoria is a popular destination for both British Colombians and Pacific Northwesterners with its accessibility via ferry or fun seaplane rides from Vancouver and Seattle. Once in the city, Victoria’s British colonial history becomes prevalent with its Victorian and stately architecture, delightful pubs, and some of the best fish in chips. Whether travelers choose to connect to nature with nearby whale watching, rainforest hiking, and kayaking through the harbor or taking in historical sites, coastal cuisine, and a thriving arts scene, Victoria will never leave one bored.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

Knight Inlet Lodge

Situated 60 kilometers from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. Our floating resort is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers one of the few protected anchorages in the inlet, and it is here that you will begin each day’s adventure.

The lodge is a modern one-story facility consisting of 5 cement floats, we like to call ourselves a floating village, plus support buildings. All guest rooms feature comfortable queen size beds plus private washrooms with showers. The resort is finished with western cedar board and batten siding to give it a real west coast British Columbia look and feel. There are 2 outside deck areas, one complete with a gas fireplace, for relaxing on those warm summer evenings.

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4 Star Properties

Vancouver : Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Campbell River : Comfort Inn & Suites

Victoria : Fairmont Empress

Testimonials

Erik M.

Traveled December 2017

A ++ experience!

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Kurt & Rosabel, family of 5

Traveled August, 2010

I will consider using your company again

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Dina K.

Traveled September, 2014

My trip was wonderful and I had a fantastic time

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