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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 Review (June 19, 2015) 

Wow! This place has it all! Great food, amazing view & wonderful hospitality!”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago NEW

Jen & Jack, the couple that run the lodge made our stay exceptional! The food was superb - try the pulled pork - it is so tasty! After our first meal there, we didn't bother going anywhere else for food. Pizza and pasta all made in house by Jack who is from Italy! Jen made delightful citrus gelato and another night we had tiramisu - OMG it was so good. Fresh cappuccino and delicious hearty breakfasts were also a big hit. The hospitality was top notch and the view was spectacular. The guest rooms were comfortable and roomy. There is lots of history on this small island - Norinne at the Visitor's Centre was a great source of info.

  • Stayed June 2015, travelled on business



From the Alert Bay Lodge blog:

Italian inspired cuisine now available to the public

Saturday, June 13 2015

We are pleased to announce that our Italian chef is going to be offering is mouth watering dishes to the public. These delicious meals will be offered as reservations only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Please feel free to take a look at our menu and prepare yourself for a relaxing evening of good eats and fine treats. more