Knight Inlet runs approximately 100 kilometers into the BC mainland and is located off the East Coast of Vancouver Island about 100 kilometers north of Campbell River. There are seven rivers running into Knight Inlet but only the Glendale River has a “man made” spawning channel which means many more salmon than some of the other rivers and therefore grizzly bears come from the surrounding area to feed on the Glendale at the base of the viewing stands we use. Even though there are lots of salmon the first step is to catch the salmon. These grizzly bears seem to have that part of their job completed. Photos byBruce & Carole Cripps 5-11
Our lodge is located on Minstrel Island not far from the mouth of Knight Inlet, which is the longest inlet off the East Coast of Vancouver Island in mainland BC. We are a 45-minute float plane ride from Campbell River. The spring and summer tours from the lodge find the grizzly bears foraging for food along the shores of Knight Inlet. As your guide will often say “Bears are where you find them.” And this means that you start looking as soon as you leave the lodge. This fine example of a grizzly was in the estuary of the Glendale River, which flows into Knight Inlet. Grizzlies in the estuary frequently pause their activities to survey their surroundings. The bears are always on alert even though they tend to ignore our presence they still know we are present.
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