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Waterfront Accommodation in Alert Bay, B.C. - home of the Orca


Alert Bay Lodge is a west coast retreat lying off the pristine north-east coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Located 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.

Cedar log in construction, the Lodge was originally a church. This legacy is reflected in the arched cedar beams that frame the expansive common room and the former pulpit which now serves as the dining room for our intimate Italian-inspired restaurant. In the Great Room guests can peruse the library, relax by the woodstove and exchange stories with other guests. Wireless internet is available without charge.

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. We utilize Tide Rip Grizzly Adventures for our bear tours and Stubbs Whale Watching for our whale and marine life tours. Tide Rip picks up in Alert Bay, a short walk from the lodge. Stubbs is located in Telegraph Cove which is accessible by water taxi or by vehicle. 

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. For a summary of local events go to here

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Latest TripAdvisor Reviews  

"Wonderful discovery” (July 24, 2015)
What a great place this is. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the hospitality of Jen and Giacomo ("Jack"). The rooms are well equipped and spotless. Breakfast is included and a real treat. The best part of the stay were the dinners prepared by Jack and Jen. Salmon, slow roasted pork shoulder, carbonara, we enjoyed it all. A three course meal is offered with delicious home-made desserts. And, when you are ready to leave ask them to prepare a lunch to go. Yum!

The island is quaint with lots of interesting things to do and see. We took one day to circumnavigate the island on foot using the many trails available. Treat yourself to a concert of bird calls and watch the Bald Eagles, Crows and Ravens interact.

Stayed July 2015, travelled as a couple
“You will want to come here!”  (July 31, 2015)
5 of 5 stars

We had a fabulous 3 nights here. Alert Bay has the vistas, the eagles, the sunsets and the culture and more! People are super friendly. And the was great! Very clean, comfortable and hospitable. Jack and Jen are wonderful hosts and, be assured, this is the very best food on the island! Scrumptious!

  • Stayed July 2015, travelled as a couple


“Home away from home - and a great chef” (August 12, 2015)

I spent two nights at Alert Bay Lodge with my dog and two human friends. We loved the relaxed and homey ambiance and the comfortable feeling of the place. There's a large lounge area with comfortable furniture arranged in groupings for conversation. There are also chairs arranged for a more private, quiet time. And lots of books. Our room had it's own covered deck where the dog was quite happy and from where we enjoyed a stunning view of the water. I was so pleased that my (large) dog was welcome indoors and out. The managers have two dogs. There's a great kids playground right next door. Jack the manager and chef was absolutely terrific. He made our stay very special.

  • Stayed August 2015, travelled with friends



From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Fun festivities of July

Wednesday, July 8 2015

The summer weather is here to stay! We are enjoying long walks in the Ecological park listening to the birds in the air. In addition we are excited to announce the the T'sasala Cultural Group is performing their tradition First Nations dances in the Alert Bay Big House for July and August! These dancers represent the rich heritage, culture and history that makes Alert Bay prides itself on. It is a must see, so come enjoy with us! more