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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 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. 


From TripAdvisor

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!

Anita from Mississippi
August 28, 2018


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 the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Thanks for Another Great Year!

Friday, October 26 2018

Nina and Scott thank our guests for their patronage and very positive reviews - we enjoyed every minute of your stay. Over the winter, the lodge will remain available for group bookings, so please feel free to give us a call or send an email. We open in early May of 2019. more