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Alert Bay Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Alert Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 12, 2013

A lovely location, a beautiful building, a cozy and rather pretty room (room 1) a charming couple for hosts, and even a friendly, happy dog (hey girl... ARF!). Hard to ask for more - but of course, there *is* the island itself, its people, the museum, the local artists, the whale-watching... we would have stayed much longer if we could.

Rich and Em are wonderful and really helpful hosts, take great care of their guests and their beautiful property, and cook up a *fine* big breakfast besides (yep, other meals too, but with such perfect weather, we cooked-out on the beach across the road). I'd really like to thank you both for all of this and for your offers of help when needed. Good people are an amazing find when you're far from home. Cheers. :-)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Just returned from a wonderful trip, traversing the north side and coast of Vancouver Island. One of our stops was at Alert Bay Lodge, a former church, perched on a rise fronting the magnificent strait on Cormorant Island, a ferry ride from Port McNeill. Lovely four room B & B with good breakfast choices, a "great room" with windows overlooking the water on all sides, and congenial hosts. This quiet setting makes for a wonderful experience in this Alert Bay area, with a strong First Nation community, an excellent museum, friendly folks and opportunities for hiking, kayaking and strolling along the trails and waterways. Would definitely return in the future.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I could not have been happier with the wonderful service provided by the Alert Bay Lodge during a recent trip to Cormorant Island. I was made welcome by two great hosts, Rich and Emma, from the minute I arrived and nothing I needed was too much trouble for them. Meals were not only great (Thanks, Em!) but after a hard day teaching up the road, it was great to relax with good company and enjoy this beautifully furnished building with its superb view across the Strait. My only regret is that mine was a business trip and I could not stay longer! There's lots to do on the Island and the people are really friendly everywhere so the Lodge makes a perfect base to work from as you explore this most interesting part of the BC Coast.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this amazing and laid back lodge. Emma and Rich are real great hosts! It was a pleasure to meet them and Susky, the very friendly dog. Alert Bay itself is just a great place. Walk or drive around and you will see how people even wave to you for welcome. We also can highly recommend the Tide Rip Grizzlie tour. Those guys know their business. We'd like to thank Emman and Rich for a great stay. Please kindly let Rob know that we found the alternate way to Gold River. Was a peace of cake with his detailed description. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Cuando llevas mucho tiempo planeando con ilusión un viaje como este al norte de la isla de Vancouver, corres el riesgo de sufrir una desilusión por las altas expectativas que has puesto en el mimo, pero este no ha sido el caso, al contrario vas a disfrutar más de lo que has soñado.

Y una de las razones de esta fantástica experiencia, desde mi punto de vista, ha sido conocer a Emma y a Rich. Son los perfectos anfitriones. Desde el primer momento que los conocí me sentí muy a gusto con ellos. Son muy amigables, dispuestos siempre a echarte una mano y simpáticos. Saben como hacer para que te sientas relajado.
Estuve cinco días, de lunes a viernes, y realicé el tour para ver a los osos pardos y las ballenas, experiencias preciosas, y siempre recordaré la tarde que disfruté con Emma y Rich, dando la vuelta a la isla Cormorán en kayak, bonita y divertida vivencia.
Y como extra, me pude deleitar con las comidas que hace Emma. Después de nueve meses viviendo en British Columbia, tengo que confesar que es la mejor cocinera de esta provincia canadiense. La guinda en el pastel.
Héctor Alonso.


When you have been planning a travel like this, to the North of Vancouver Island, for a long time you can suffer a disillusion because of your high expectatives, but this is not the case, on the contrary you are going to enjoy more than you were dreaming.

And one of the reason of this fantastic experience, from my point of view, has been to meet to Emma and Rich. They are the perfect hosts. Since the first moment I met them I felt pretty comfortable. They are friendly, helpful and a good laugh. They know how to make you feel relaxed.
I spent there five days, from Monday to Friday, I lived the Grizzly Bear Watching trip and the Whale Watching trip, lovely experiences, and I will always remember the afternoon that I enjoyed with Emma and Rich paddling all around the Cormorant Island in a kayak, nice and funny living.
And like a plus I could delight with the excellent meals of Emma. After nine months living in British Columbia, I have to confess that she is the best cooker in this province. The cherry on the cake.
Héctor Alonso.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Just returned from 4 nights at Alert Bay Lodge which was our base on a Grizzly/Orca viewing tour with Midnight Sun Travel. We loved everything about it and didn't want to leave!

Firstly the managers, Rich and Emma (along with their foster-dog Saski) were the perfect hosts, friendly, helpful, good fun and doing a fantastic job. Must also mention the food; we ate at the Lodge 3 nights and chose from Emma's small but varied menu - everything we had was excellent and a bargain at $20 for a 3 course meal! Breakfast - Banoffee Pancakes - also deserves a mention for being so delicious and should be a selling point for the Lodge all on its own!

Our room was cozy and exactly what you would expect from a Log Cabin. Super-comfortable bed and we slept like the dead all 4 nights. The place was spotlessly clean but not in any way sterile - it felt like being in someone's home rather than being in a hotel - exactly what we wanted after busy days walking and wildlife watching. The main shared room is huge and really well laid out, with room for all guests to sit together or apart as they wish. The views from this room are just beautiful, with seals bobbing along the shore and bald eagles swooping past.

We also loved the Alert Bay community, where the 'Namgis (First Nations) culture is evident, especially at the U'Mista Cultural Centre - well worth a visit. Everyone is so friendly and open - this is the sort of place we didn't think existed any more!

We'd return in a heartbeat... absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it over a bog-standard hotel for anyone travelling to this beautiful spot.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Hi Scott and Nina !

Thanks to both of you, for the lovely stay at Alert Bay Lodge. It was really good.

Made friends with another couple that came from California, and went to Sointula with them- and returned alone, and they proceeded to Campbell River for a fishing trip.

Another couple from Alberta joined in with me, on the Grizzly Bear Watching trip. Attended all the events at the Big House, and bought a few things from the Namgis people- such lovely people they are, and they were soooo accommodating towards my requests of one thing and another!

Alert Bay - such a lovely place!!!!!

I may return now that I know, how to get there and back easily. My stay at Alert bay Lodge was very good - nice clean room, with a bit of an ocean view, very private, quiet, excellent hospitality from Tash and Ian.

This young couple do a great job, keeping that place going - and I wish them all the best. They really go out of their way to accommodate the needs of their guests.

Thanks again, for the bookings, the helpful hints you gave me in planning the journey.

Best wishes to you all!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 549 Fir Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia V0N 1A0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Alert Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Alert Bay
Price Range: $106 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alert Bay Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking Johnstone Strait, our cedar log lodge is a two kilometre walk along the ocean road to the Village of Alert Bay. Features include a south facing sundeck, woodstove, large common room, library and wireless Internet. Whale watching and grizzly viewing tours pick up near the lodge. Each of our four rooms has a private bath and includes a hot, healthy breakfast. Off season, we host small conferences and weddings. ... more   less 
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