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Waterfront Accommodation in Alert Bay, B.C. - home of the Orcas        

Alert Bay Lodge is a four room, west coast retreat lying off the pristine north-east coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. Located at 549 Fir Street 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.

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. 

Cedar log in construction, the Lodge was originally a church. This legacy is reflected in the high arched cedar beams that frame the expansive common room and the former pulpit which now serves as one of our ‘conversation nooks'. In the common room guests can peruse the library, relax by the woodstove and exchange stories with other guests. Wireless internet is available without charge. The Village of Alert Bay is a ten minute walk away along the ocean road.

As we are limited to four rooms, we encourage you to book in advance. Wildlife tours leave daily and most are restricted to small groups. We would be pleased to organize a departure for you with one of our well-respected local operators.

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. A summary of local events is below. Or click here for a detailed list of events. 

Following Seafest on July 24, 25 & 26, the next event is the Alert Bay 360 on August 2 and 3. Please note that during these events we require a minimum two night stay.

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A Note About October's Ferry Schedule

Beginning October 1 and ending October 28, 2015, the ferry run from Port McNeill to Cormorant Island will be suspended while the Port McNeill terminal is upgraded. A foot passenger ferry will instead provide service; no private vehicles will be transported to CormorantIsland. Ferry service between Sointula on Malcolm Island and Alert Bay is unaffected. If you wish to stay with us during this period you may park your vehicle for free near the Port McNeill harbour; please inform BC Ferries that you will be staying at Alert Bay Lodge. 

Alert Bay Lodge is two kilometres from the ferry terminal. A taxi ride is about $6.00 to the lodge. Call 40 K Taxi at 250.974.5525.

Commercial vehicles will be transported to Cormorant Island by tug and barge. For more information please email


From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Moving On

Thursday, September 18 2014

This has been a wonderful season for the wildlife enthusiasts who stay with us – hardly anyone was ‘skunked’ in their quest to see whales and grizzly bears. There are easily two weeks left in the season and many of our rooms are booked until the end of September.

Come October our availability increases and we see more corporate and commercial guests. If you plan to stay for an extended time, please contact us at more