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 urban Montreal and rural Alberta-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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Open Net Salmon Farms
In November 2017 we were pleased to host representatives of the Council for Canadians as part of its protest against open net salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago. The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, ‘Namgis and Mamalilkala First Nations have never given their consent to open-pen Atlantic salmon feedlots operating in their territories and are now demanding that both the provincial and federal governments recognize their right to traditional fishery and have the fish farms removed. See the video "Get Fish Farms Out" shot in the Broughton, in Alert Bay and at Alert Bay Lodge.
From Air BnB
The Lodge is quite funky, with unobstructed views of the water. Great opportunities for whale watching from the deck! We really enjoyed J&E's hospitality. The food was great (try out dinner!). We hope to do a repeat visit for longer next time!”
From Jill, stayed a couple September 2, 2017
Joel Estelle have created a warm and inviting experience at the Alert Bay Lodge. The lodge is clean and tidy. The surroundings are quiet and are a perfect get-a-way. And the meals are delicious!
From Joan, stayed as a couple August 28, 2017
I rented out the whole lodge and we were able to use the great room as our production office. The host was very accommodating and made our stay special. He also made us breakfast, lunch and dinner and all meals were terrific. With a wood burning fireplace, natural wood and views of the ocean it was a special experience for us. Thanks Scott and Nina for this wonderful visit to your lodge and to Alert Bay.
From Film Production Company, stayed as a group, October 2-7, 2017
Sunday, April 8 2018
We are getting enquires from guests checking out Alert Bay for this season's visit. Here's some typical questions.
Is there a difference between Alert Bay and Cormorant Island? The village of Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island. How isolated is Alert Bay? From Port McNeill, there are six, 35 minute BC Ferry sailings a day. All told, once you turn off for the two-minute drive to Port McNeill and board the ferry, you can be exploring Alert Bay within the hour. What's the weather like? Spring and summer sunshine hours are equivalent to Victoria or Vancouver. You are further north, so expect a 2 or 3 degree difference. Cormorant Island is small - what is there to do? I can honestly say I've never heard a guest say they've been bored. Wildlife tours leave daily from the Island and there are music, art, sports and self-propelled boat festivals and events. Indigenous culture is a huge draw, with tourists coming from all over to see dancing at the Big House, U’mista Cultural Centre, cedar bark weaving and traditional Salmon BBQ. And then there’s just relaxing in this small town, ocean environment. And a common observation from our guests? No white noise.