Waterfront Accommodation in Alert Bay, B.C. - home of the Orcas
Alert Bay Lodge is a four room, west coast retreat lying off the pristine north-east coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Located at 549 Fir Street on the south shore of Cormorant Island, the lodge overlooks Johnstone Strait. This narrow, glacier-carved waterway is home to a population of about 200 orcas, the largest pod in the world.
Orcas are often spotted from the sundeck, which is a stone's throw from the beach. Across the Strait from the Lodge, the Vancouver Island Mountain Range rises from the shores of Vancouver Island, providing a stunning backdrop to our ocean view. The lodge is busiest from mid-June to the end of September when orca and grizzly bear viewing is prime. For a current report on grizzly bear activity, go to Tide Rip Tours' Grizzly Bear Report. Tide Rip picks up in Alert Bay.
Cedar log in construction, the Lodge was originally a church. This legacy is reflected in the high arched cedar beams that frame the expansive common room and the former pulpit which now serves as one of our ‘conversation nooks'. In the common room guests can peruse the library, relax by the woodstove and exchange stories with other guests. Wireless internet is available without charge. The Village of Alert Bay is a ten minute walk away along the ocean road.
As we are limited to four rooms, we encourage you to book in advance. Wildlife tours leave daily and most are restricted to small groups. We would be pleased to organize a departure for you with one of our well-respected local operators.
Year round attractions unique to Alert Bay include the U'Mista Cultural Centre. Known for its potlatch collection, the Centre is a 20 minute walk away along the ocean road and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. About one kilometre inland lie the Ecological Gardens and Big Tree Trail - haunting and beautiful at any time year. Click here for a calendar of local events.
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