Alert Bay is a tiny island accessible via ferry off the coast of Northern Vancouver Island. It is a wondrous place, alive with culture, history and nature. There, you will a community of friendly people, living in benign isolation. It is home to the remarkable Namgis First Nation, who have lived in this area for thousands of years. It has a world-class museum, the Umista Cultural Center, a rustic, laid back feel and is the perfect jumping off point to the magnificent Broughton Archipelago, one of Canada's natural crown jewels
Until recently, it lacked great accommodation to match Alert Bay's other fabulous attributes. Friendly, crusty and fun old Colin Ritchie has changed all that with his delightful Seine Boat Inn. The Inn is built on stilts, right over the water, in an old, lovingly restored cannery building that hails back to the towns days as a major salmon fishing and processing center. Colin has been buying and restoring many of the old cannery row buildings on the waterfront, and painting them in cheerful, even riotous colours. He even bought three old British double decker buses that he plans to turn into a bus service. Only in Alert bay...
The Seine Boat Inn is superb. The views over the water, looking across to the mountains on Vancouver Island are great. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with well equipped kitchenettes. I have been going to Alert Bay regularly for 12 years. It's never been this good. I was there last week. I'll be back next week and look forward to staying in room 104 or 105, with the zero edge, glass-lined balcony with comfy Muskoka chairs and the great beds.
See you soon, Colin.
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