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
"Wonderful discovery” (July 24, 2015)
The island is quaint with lots of interesting things to do and see. We took one day to circumnavigate the island on foot using the many trails available. Treat yourself to a concert of bird calls and watch the Bald Eagles, Crows and Ravens interact.
Wednesday, July 8 2015
The summer weather is here to stay! We are enjoying long walks in the Ecological park listening to the birds in the air. In addition we are excited to announce the the T'sasala Cultural Group is performing their tradition First Nations dances in the Alert Bay Big House for July and August! These dancers represent the rich heritage, culture and history that makes Alert Bay prides itself on. It is a must see, so come enjoy with us!