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Thanks for Another Great Year!

Nina and Scott thank our guests for their patronage and very positive reviews - we enjoyed every minute of your stay. Over the winter, the lodge will remain available for group bookings, so please feel free to give us a call or send an email. We open in early May of 2019. more

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Common Questions

We are getting enquires from guests checking out Alert Bay for this season's visit. Here's some typical questions.

Is there a difference between Alert Bay and Cormorant Island?  The village of Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island.  How isolated is Alert Bay?  From Port McNeill, there are six, 35 minute BC Ferry sailings a day. All told, once you turn off for the two-minute drive to Port McNeill and board the ferry, you can be exploring Alert Bay within the hour. What's the weather like? Spring and summer sunshine hours are equivalent to Victoria or Vancouver. You are further north, so expect a 2 or 3 degree difference. Cormorant Island is small - what is there to do? I can honestly say I've never heard a guest say they've been bored. Wildlife tours leave daily from the Island and there are music, art, sports and self-propelled boat festivals and events. Indigenous culture is a huge draw, with tourists coming from all over to see dancing at the Big House, U’mista Cultural Centre, cedar bark weaving and traditional Salmon BBQ. And then there’s just relaxing in this small town, ocean environment. And a common observation from our guests? No white noise. more

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Last Hurrah

The last day for bear watching with Tide Rip is October 9 (Tide Rip picks up in Alert Bay) and whale watching with Stubbs in Telegraph Cove closes down September 30. Alert Bay Lodge is showing pretty good availability from now until October 11, when we close for the season. And what a great season it has been! The right combination of mammals, weather and visitors seeking new experiences such as aboriginal tourism has been amazing. Thanks to all of our partners.  Now, where did I put that book and my shawl ... more

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This Fall ...

Our apology for those who have tried to book a room but couldn’t due to our limited availability. Our rooms start to open up beginning September 12, a great time to see Alert Bay - it's still warm, the fall colours are starting to emerge and the kids are back in school (yeah!). Getting booked on a grizzly bear tour can still be touch and go due this operator’s availability,but orcas are around and about until late September. more

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Upcoming Events

July 28 marks the beginning of a two day festival featuring Seafest, Artfest and Musicfest and August 6 is the date for Alert Bay's 360, a slow-mo race around Cormorant Island.

If you are planning to attend and, haven't done so already, please book your Alert Bay accommodation now. more

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Alert Bay - Check Out Our Culture!

Summer has come in splendid form to Alert Bay. The forecast for the next two weeks is mainly sunny with an average temperature of 18C.

Summer also heralds a range of attractions in Alert Bay. The TĚ•sasala Cultural Group starts performing in July – the only chance you’ll have to see the inside of the Big House. At the U’Mista Cultural Centre, a number of cultural workshops begin July 4. For more info go to    As well, wander the Ecological Gardens at the top of the island and look into the forest for culturally modified trees, or CMT’s as the locals refer to them. more

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We are now booked solid for the April 18-20 Potlatch.  If you wish to be put on a waitlist please email

After the potatch we start accepting invidual bookings for the 2014 season. Until then the lodge will remain open to groups, so if your university, construction company or special group needs ‘a home away from home’ please contact us. 

To book please make your reservation request online (click on"'Check for Availability") and we'll get back to you promptly.