Knight Inlet Lodge, British Columbia, Canada
October 14-19, 2013
We cordially invite you to join us on our annual Wild Bear Adventure to Knight Inlet, Canada. This will be an unforgettable experience in a coastal temperate rainforest and estuary teeming with wildlife, all from the comfort and convenience of an ecologically sensitive floating lodge. We will travel to world-famous Knight Inlet Lodge, featured in Growing up Grizzly 2, located on the southern edge of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.
This special Vital Ground ecotour is organized through the generosity of our corporate partner, Knight Inlet Lodge, owned by former Vital Ground board member Dean Wyatt. Dean will donate a percentage of the profits from this special trip to Vital Ground to aid in our mission to protect crucial wildlife habitat!
These Exciting Activities* Are Included in the Trip Cost:
• Watch bears feeding on spawning salmon from viewing platforms along Glendale Creek.
• Estuary tours in small motorboats or kayaks.
• Bird-watching excursions for bald eagles, waterfowl, and many of the 200 species of birds that call this area home.
• Scenic excursions to the upper reaches of Knight Inlet, the longest fjord in Canada.
• Interpretive old growth rainforest treks in the Kwalate River Valley.
• Excursions to Johnstone Strait for marine wildlife viewing … which may include seal, otter, dolphin or whales.
• Incredible wildlife photography opportunities.
• Educational natural history presentations by biologists and photographers.
*All activities are subject to weather conditions, water levels, and seasonal wildlife movements
• The tour begins and ends in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. Campbell River is located on Vancouver Island, just a short commercial flight from Vancouver, British Columbia. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Campbell River, and should plan to arrive in Campbell River no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 14.
• At approximately 5 p.m. we will begin a private tour of The Campbell River Museum, a museum devoted to indigenous cultures of British Columbia. Following the tour, a group dinner will provide an opportunity to meet your fellow adventurers and begin making new friends.
• We will spend Monday night, October 14 at Heron’s Landing Hotel in Campbell River.
• On Tuesday morning, October 15, shuttles will transport us to the Campbell River float plane dock for our 30-minute flight into Knight Inlet Lodge. The float plane will depart Campbell River at approximately 9:30 a.m.
• The outstanding staff at Knight Inlet Lodge will meet us upon arrival for check-in and orientation.
• After a short break to settle into our rooms, we’ll meet for lunch in the dining area.
• After a delightful lunch at the lodge, our exploration of the magnificent Knight Inlet will begin. Naturalist guides will lead us as we take off to explore Knight Inlet and find grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, ospreys, harbor seals, dolphins and a myriad other fauna and flora.
All tours are guided by trained professionals.
All rain, fishing, and foul weather gear (including rubber boots), along with water safety vests are available for your use at the lodge.
All meals and snacks are included while at Knight Inlet Lodge, as is wine with dinner. Special eating requests are easily accommodated with advance notice.
• Each evening after dinner, the lodge’s guides, naturalists and photographers present informative natural history presentations.
• Departure from Knight Inlet Lodge will be on Saturday, October 19 via float plane to Campbell River. Transportation from the float plane dock to the Campbell River airport will be provided. Weather permitting, we should be at the Campbell River airport by noon.
Special Travel Notes:
• We must have a minimum group size of 16 participants confirmed by July 15, 2013, in order for the trip to proceed. If the minimum group size is not achieved, the trip will be cancelled and your deposit will be refunded in full.
• Please arrange your flights to arrive into Campbell River as early in the day as possible on Monday, October 14. This will minimize the possibility that a travel snafu could cause you to miss rendezvousing with the group for the museum tour and group dinner that evening. DO NOT BOOK YOUR AIRLINE RESERVATIONS UNTIL AFTER JULY 15, 2013, AND THE TRIP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. We cannot guarantee a refund of your airline ticket if the trip is cancelled.
• All international travelers (including U.S. citizens) must have a valid passport.
• You will most likely travel through Vancouver, B.C. Upon arrival in Vancouver, international passengers must clear customs. Give yourself ample time (at least two hours) to clear customs, retrieve your luggage and transfer to your connecting Campbell River flight. Depending upon the number of arriving international passengers, it could take up to an hour just to clear customs.
• Pacific Coastal Airlines (1-800-663-2872) and Central Mountain Air (1-888-865-8585) provide commercial flights from Vancouver to Campbell River. Pacific Coastal Airlines departs from the South Terminal, while Central Mountain Air departs from the Main Terminal.
• Transportation from Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge will be by chartered float plane. Guests are requested to limit their luggage to approximately 30 pounds due to space and weight limitations on the float planes.
• Cell phones will not operate while at Knight Inlet Lodge. The only available phone is the lodge’s Marine Telephone, which is reserved for emergency or high priority use.
$7,500 US two people/double occupancy
$4,000 US one person/single occupancy
• Museum tour and group dinner at Campbell River.
• Accommodations for one night at Heron’s Landing in Campbell River and four nights at Knight Inlet Lodge.
• Round trip float plane flight between Campbell River, B.C., and Knight Inlet Lodge.
• All meals and snacks while at Knight Inlet Lodge, including wine with dinner.
• All recreational activities and special equipment while at Knight Inlet Lodge.
A non-refundable* deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your reservation. Capacity is limited to only 16 rooms, so make reservations as early as possible to avoid disappointment!
Come and meet individuals and families who are committed to conservation, and share an experience that you will treasure forever.
Please join members of the staff and board of Vital Ground on the 2013Wild Bear Adventure – we’re confident that you’ll have a great time!
* Deposits will be refunded if the trip is cancelled due to a failure to achieve the minimum required group size.
Contact us for more information:
Call 406-549-8650 or email us.