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Overview

Get out of the city and head across to Vancouver Island for a wildlife experience unlike any other. You can take a short 40-minute flight from Vancouver to Campbell River, or hop in your hire car and catch the ferry to Nanaimo, then drive 90 minutes up the east coast of Vancouver Island.

You'll spend a night at Campbell River before an early start the following morning, when you’ll travel by floatplane to Knight Inlet Lodge. There are various packages you can choose from for this trip, ranging from two nights to six. Whether you'd simply like a taste of the wilderness before continuing to explore British Columbia, or you want the full experience with plenty of excursions and activities, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime tour you'll never forget.

Day 1

Arrive Vancouver

Upon arrival in Vancouver, make your way to your hotel and settle in. Once you’ve freshened up, why not spend the afternoon exploring Granville Island? Home to 70 eateries and plethora of boutiques, this foodie hub is just across False Creek and easily accessible from Downtown Vancouver. 

Overnight - Downtown Vancouver

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Day 2 & 3

Explore Vancouver

You’ll have two full days to discover all that Vancouver has to offer. Spend a morning wandering through Stanley Park or hire bikes cover more ground. If you’re visiting in summer, head to one of the city’s pretty beaches, or join a boat tour of Vancouver Harbour to admire the city from afar.

Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Take a walk on the wild side on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hovers 70 metres above the Capilano River, just north of Vancouver. From here you can also ride North America’s largest aerial tramway, or hop on Grouse Mountain Skyride for spectacular views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains.

Overnight - Vancouver

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Day 4

Campbell River

A great addition to any Western Canada holiday, Knight Inlet Lodge offers a unique wildlife viewing experience.

Make your way to Campbell River on Vancouver Island, where you'll spend the night. The day is yours to spend however you wish, so you can arrive at a time that suits you. You can check in from 3pm. (Please note, you must re-confirm your floatplane departure time for tomorrow when you check in.)

Overnight: Comfort Inn & Suites in Campbell River

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Day 5

Campbell River to Knight Inlet

It's an early start today, but it's sure to be worth it. You'll take a transfer from your hotel at Campbell River to the floatplane at 8:15am, ready for a 9:30 departure. You'll enjoy a 25-minute floatplane journey over to Knight Inlet Lodge.

Settle in at the lodge before embarking on a small boat excursion in the estuary. In the afternoon, you'll head on not one, but two tours. The first is a bear-watching tour which, in spring and summer, is done by boat. Between late August and October, meanwhile, you'll be on a viewing platform. After hopefully spotting bears, you'll join a Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise. On all excursions, you'll be accompanied by knowledgeable guides trained in local wildlife and the natural history of the area. In the evening, you can relax in the lounge with the other guests and enjoy an interpretive presentation by one of the guides.

 

Overnight: Knight Inlet Lodge

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Day 6

Knight Inlet to Campbell River

This morning, you'll have the opportunity for an extra bear-viewing boat excursion. Then, at 10.00am, you'll return by floatplane to Campbell River.

Want to stay in the wilderness a little longer? Packages are also available for between three and six nights. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more. 

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Extra Days

3-6 Night Packages

Guests booked on a three-night package can participate in an extra bear-viewing and wildlife-watching excursion, as well as an interpretative hike through Kwalate River Valley and wildlife tracking.

Guests booked on a four-night package can enjoy the extras on the three-night package, plus a full-day excursion to Johnstone Strait to see marine life.

Guests booked on a five- or six-night package can enjoy the extras on the four-night package, plus an excursion to the upper reaches of Knight Inlet.

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  • What's Included

  • Upgrades

Included
  • 3 nights accommodation in Vancouver
  • Car hire from day 4
  • Return ferry transfers to Nanaimo
  • 1 night accommodation in Campbell River at the Comfort Inn & Suites
  • 1-5 nights’ accommodation at Knight Inlet (Deluxe Room) depending on the package booked
  • Full board meals, starting with breakfast on day two (complimentary wine with dinner)
  • Arrival transfer from Campbell River Airport if not arriving by car (see additional information)
  • Transfer from hotel to floatplane (only for guests arriving in Campell River by air – guests arriving by car can park for free at the floatplane terminal)
  • Return floatplane from Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge (times to be reconfirmed on arrival)
  • Welcome orientation briefing
  • Bear-viewing tour
  • Scenic boat ride through Glendale Cove
  • Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise
  • All transportation to and from bear-viewing platforms (late August to October)
  • Interpretative guide and Evening interpretative programmes
  • Rain gear, if required
  • Baggage handling
  • All park user fees
  • Staff gratuities, Environmental levy and conservation fee and Provincial taxes and federal GST
Not included
  • Meals and drinks in Vancouver
  • Alcoholic beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Dinner on first night at Campbell River
  • Return airfare between Vancouver and Campbell River if not arriving by car
  • Personal expenses
  • Guests booked on three night packages can participate in an extra bear viewing and wildlife watching excursion as well as an interpretative hike through Kwalate River Valley and wildlife tracking.
  • Guests booked on four night packages can enjoy the extras on the three night package as well as a full day excursion to Johnstone Strait for marine life viewing
  • Guests booked on five and six night packages can enjoy the extras on the three and four night packages as well as an excursion to the upper reaches of Knight Inlet
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Knight Inlet Lodge

What's Included

Included
  • 3 nights accommodation in Vancouver
  • Car hire from day 4
  • Return ferry transfers to Nanaimo
  • 1 night accommodation in Campbell River at the Comfort Inn & Suites
  • 1-5 nights’ accommodation at Knight Inlet (Deluxe Room) depending on the package booked
  • Full board meals, starting with breakfast on day two (complimentary wine with dinner)
  • Arrival transfer from Campbell River Airport if not arriving by car (see additional information)
  • Transfer from hotel to floatplane (only for guests arriving in Campell River by air – guests arriving by car can park for free at the floatplane terminal)
  • Return floatplane from Campbell River to Knight Inlet Lodge (times to be reconfirmed on arrival)
  • Welcome orientation briefing
  • Bear-viewing tour
  • Scenic boat ride through Glendale Cove
  • Knight Inlet sightseeing cruise
  • All transportation to and from bear-viewing platforms (late August to October)
  • Interpretative guide and Evening interpretative programmes
  • Rain gear, if required
  • Baggage handling
  • All park user fees
  • Staff gratuities, Environmental levy and conservation fee and Provincial taxes and federal GST
Not included
  • Meals and drinks in Vancouver
  • Alcoholic beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Dinner on first night at Campbell River
  • Return airfare between Vancouver and Campbell River if not arriving by car
  • Personal expenses

Upgrades

  • Guests booked on three night packages can participate in an extra bear viewing and wildlife watching excursion as well as an interpretative hike through Kwalate River Valley and wildlife tracking.
  • Guests booked on four night packages can enjoy the extras on the three night package as well as a full day excursion to Johnstone Strait for marine life viewing
  • Guests booked on five and six night packages can enjoy the extras on the three and four night packages as well as an excursion to the upper reaches of Knight Inlet
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Knight Inlet Lodge
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