Waterfront Accommodation in Alert Bay, B.C. - home of the Orca
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. 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.
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 Great Room guests can peruse the library, relax by the woodstove and exchange stories with other guests. The Great Room is also the setting for our small Italian restaurant. Wireless internet is available without charge.
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. A summary of local events is below. Or click here for a detailed list of events.
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Saturday, April 4 2015
Spring has sprung in our island community! Fragrances of fresh cut grass and flowers now mix with cedar smoke and salt to create an Island tonic that harbingers another great summer. Temperatures are averaging 10C during the day.
The lodge opens on May 16. Our Italian restaurant will open shortly thereafter.