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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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
The room was big (2 large beds) and the lodge keepers did all to make the stay comfortable and nice. The common room reminded me somehow to scences of the Myst game. Breakfast is ok and if you decide to dine, you can choose from some variations. We did the Grizzly tour and that was excellent too.
From Carl, stayed as a couple, August 27, 2017