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Grizzly Bear Tours BC, Knight Inlet | Grizzly Bear Lodge

Welcome to Sailcone’s Grizzly Bear Lodge! We offer grizzly bear watching and wildlife adventure tours in the southern reaches of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Grizzly bear familyEnjoy intimate, personal viewing opportunities with our privileged access to prime viewing areas. Explore the pristine natural world of British Columbia’s coastal grizzly bear as well as humpback whales, Orca and a huge variety of wildlife. The scenery is as spectacular as the wildlife.

Allow us to share the natural beauty of British Columbia’s remote wilderness with you from our small, boutique style lodge. We are a family run business with long ties to the area providing experienced and respectful wildlife viewing, delicious west coast dining and comfortable waterfront lodging.

Knight Inlet, British Columbia

We are located in an ideal location to view both Grizzly and Black Bears along the coastline, in the shallow river estuaries and upriver when the salmon are returning. Our location also gives us access to world class whale watching in Johnstone Strait with frequent sightings of Humpback Whales, Orca, Dolphins and a huge variety of birds. Come immerse yourself in nature and true wilderness with us.

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    Biggs Orca

    In our area we have two types of Orca. We have the residents and the Biggs (aka transient). Although quite similar in size and appearance their behaviour is quite different. The resident Orca show up in the summer and usually remain in the area until the fall. The Residents feed exclusively on fish, and enter the area to feed on salmon. Their primary food source is the chinook salmon, which is the largest of the 5 species. To a lesser extend they also feed on other types of salmon, lingcod, squid and various other species of fish. They will never feed on marine mammals and despite their name tend to leave the area during the winter months. They are very social and often vocalise. On the other hand the Biggs can be spotted year-round. They feed on marine mammals with harbour seals (like the ones in the picture) being their main food source, although propose, dolphins, sea lions and otters are also commonly on the menu. These animals are much “stealthier”, traveling quickly and vocalising much less. This is because they are on the hunt for mammals which can detect their calls. The Biggs below circled this particular rock several times, but in this case were unsuccessful in catching a seal off guard.

    The Biggs Orca were named after Dr. Micheal Bigg who pioneered Orca research in the area. He realised that individual whales can be identified by their dorsal fin and saddle patch. This led to the creation of a thorough catalogue of animals and their family structures, which are organised by clans, pods and matrilines.

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