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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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 “Exceptional welcome”

We arrived late, after a long day travel, and felt immediately welcome in the lovely wood-vaulted common room. A wood stove fire was warming the guests who were sipping wine and chatting comfortably. Our host, David, was truly gracious and kind, and saw to all our needs. Our room was spacious, extremely clean. Breakfast next day was high quality, and made by David to our preference, including allergy avoidance.

I'm looking forward to our return!

Stayed August 2016, travelled with family


“Loved this place”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days agoNEW

From arriving and no taxi to meet us- small community-lovely local lady quickly rectified on her mobile. Alert Bay Lodge- stayed 5 nights-Our room was really comfortable- (not modern standard- but really adequate). Felt soo at home right away -didn't bother to lock bedroom door at all-no need. Wood fire and sipping B.C. wine-(bought from liquor store downtown- David will put in fridge and has great tips for fast cooling) while enjoying the views. David is an amazing host/cook - helped us no end with our travel problems- really grateful-nothing was ever too much trouble for him- A really lovely guy! Quite a trek from harbour ferry- about 20 mins walk. Many restaurants closed and in need of TLC. Only two open! Pub - told food not great - but can't comment as not tried- but lovely one recommended and tried which is run by a lovely Indian family and the food superb and very reasonable- it's cafe type!. Also Try the "Bannock with berries"- lush and yummy! Next door to the whale watch sea smoke centre. Loved the whalewatch tour-they provide insulated coverall suits-warm and cosy! A.J. was our guide-saw mega things-orcas/150 pod dolphins/sea lions/seals/minky/eagles and so much more

  • Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple5 of 5 stars



From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Opening In May 2017

Monday, December 5 2016

Thank you everyone for a wonderful season. We've closed for the season and will open again May 15, 2017. more