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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  

Funky bed and breakfast”
4 of 5 stars

This place is not luxurious by any means but it was a great place to stay. Room 4 was huge and the living room was cool to hang out, play chess, sit around a fire, and read. Lots of interesting knick knacks. Don't miss the Umista Cultural Center--a great museum and walkable from the lodge.

Stayed July 2016, travelled with family
“A Very Happy Stay”
4 of 5 stars

From the street we questioned weather this would be a good place to stay but ounce we met David the Inn Keeper & were inside we felt much happier. Very clean & tidy & David did what ever he could to make us welcome & comfortable.

Stayed July 2016



From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Busy Days

Monday, July 25 2016

We’re now at peak season! On the heels of Seafest & ArtFest is the 360 Eco Paddle, a self-propelled boat race around Cormorant Island. The race begin July 31. more