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 a second the dining room. 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 2019 local events go to here.
Note: From June 23 to September 6, 2019 we have a minimum stay requirement of two nights. Thus, if you try to book one night, the booking system will reject your request. As well, in order to support local festivities, accommodation for the following events must be booked on these consecutive nights in 2019:
- June Sports: June 13-15 (partially sold out)
- Bay Days: July 25, 26. & 27
- Alert Bay 360: August 3 & 4.
Best Kept Secret
This lodge was our home away from home for three nights, and I'd love to keep it a secret; however, I want everyone to be able to enjoy this lodge in the most beautiful setting imaginable! Our room and accommodations were perfect, and the breakfast prepared for us each morning, was just wonderful! I can't say enough about Nina, her sweet place, and her ability to ensure her guests are comfortable and have everything they need (including, salmon fishing info and trip arranged at the last minute). I don't think I've ever stayed at a place where the breakfast was prepared specifically for each guest. I will always remember Nina's kindness and hospitality!
Tuesday, January 29 2019
Nina and I are looking forward to another busy year. We open May 1 and will close at some point in late October. Regarding upcoming festivals: presently, we have 2 rooms for June Sports, 3 rooms left for Bay Days and one for Alert Bay 360.
Our past guests will see that we have a new slick reservation system. Please let us now how it's working - this includes new guests as well. Hopefully, by now I've worked out all the bugs so we won't be having two couples to one bed. Shortly will follow a new website which will replace the current one I developed about 18 years ago. As they say, when you are no longer able to change a situation, its hard to to change yourself.