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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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Latest TripAdvisor Reviews  

"A  Fabolous Time" (August 21, 2015)

My wife and I had a fabulous time staying at the lodge. Jen & Jack were amazing hosts and the meals were terrific. It's rustic, comfortable and clean. Easy walk to everywhere and great hiking trails through the island. I've never met such friendly and sociable people as you'll find on the island, including some great world class first nation artists. The potlatch dancing is a must to see. Lots of eagles, ravens and you may even see some Orca and/or humpback whales. The views are awesome and the weather was great. We'd go back again.

  • Review posted on Alert Bay Lodge's Facebook

“One of our greatest travel experiences!” (September 10, 2015)

We travelled to Alert Bay to explore the culture and beauty of the Island with friends who booked our accommodations for us. I'll be honest in saying that when we came to the address and looked at the exterior of the building, my initial thought was 'oh, oh'. But we headed on in. Jen was there to greet us, and quickly share that she and Giacomo ("Jack") were our hosts as thing just kept going uphill from there! The building and it's layout is incredible. The common area has so many options for people to relax and spend time. Our rooms were comfortable, clean and peaceful. The proximity to the water was incredible as we spend a couple of hours beach-combing after our incredible supper (pre-ordered and cash paid) Smoked salmon/Beet Salad/salmon dinner with INCREDIBLE potato and veggie offerings/ and to end the most DELICIOUS lemon Tiramisu and chocolate cake. They are not licensed to provide liquor but as a B n B, you can bring your own beverages to the meal. We had a wonderful evening exchanging music and songs with our hosts as they're incredibly talented musicians. Breakfast was great. We all chose the bacon and egg offering. So great, and so well prepared. Loved every moment of our stay here, and only wish we could have spend more time here with them as our hosts. One of our greatest travelling experiences ever! kudos!

  • Stayed September 2015, travelled with friends



From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Fall Tribute

Saturday, October 17 2015

Well, another great season is winding down. Thanks very much to all our wonderful guests who came from their far-flung (and close-flung) areas to visit our humble lodge. It was truly a great time - your comments, reviews, laughter and great company sustains us.

The lodge will be closing soon for individual bookings but remains open for groups. Please contact us at 1.800.255.5057 or at more