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Alert Bay Lodge
Ranked #2 of 4 Alert Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 July 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 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, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 July 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 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, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

This B&B is in a former church, right on the seafront, and we could watch the otters, eagles, etc., from the large all-purpose room (great for relaxation). The bedrooms are small, the breakfasts are rather simple and informal, and the young hosts are very friendly (even enthusiastic). The price seemed a bit high, but this is a small and difficult to reach community in an area of breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife. I loved the feeling of community here. All the doors are unlocked, and while I was there (no hosts present) a young boy from the village walked in and used the bathroom like he had done before. There's a nice community playground next door. The island and the village(s) is fantastic, worth exploring, from the U'mista cultural centre (which has one of the best collections of carved masks anywhere, to the Big House with the world's tallest totem pole, to the Ecological Park boardwalk across a swamp at the top of the island, to the 'Namgis burial ground, to the beaches on the south and east sides of the island, from which I saw minke whales. The ferry service is sparse, but we found our 3 days here well-spent.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank roadtrekker
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alertbaylodge, Owner at Alert Bay Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2012

We love it when guests comment on the community and its many unique features. Thank you roadtrekker!

A few clarifications:
During the day the main entrance door is unlocked as is the kitchen door and door to the sundeck. These exterior doors are secured at night. And please rest assured – all guest doors have locks and keys, Having said this, it is not unusual for locals to drop by, whether they be artists, tour operators or friends. And sometimes children!

Our room rates are between $109 and $119. These rates include breakfast and hot and cold beverages for two – a meal that costs at least $15 per person in the village.

BC Ferries provides six sailings daily to and from Port McNeill. The ferry takes about 35 minutes. Sailing times are posted on our website.

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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We had a very pleasant 4 night stay. The manager picked us up from the ferry and immediately made us feel welcome. The first impression on arrival was that expected of low cost accommodation. However, the interior was quite a surprise. The main community area is vast with comfortable armchairs, plenty of books and local information and had large windows over-looking the water. The hosts were very friendly and offered to drive us into town (2Kms) on the first night to pick up some beer. A delicious dinner was provided on the first night and a good breakfast was available each morning. Our room provided basic facilities but the bed was comfortable and the facilities were clean. A great place for those wanting to get away from the rat-race and relax.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We were the "locals" from BC in this gem of a place frequented by folks from around the world. We shared this delightful B&B with Australians, British, Dutch and Americans...even the hosts were New Zealanders. The accommodation was comfortable and quiet, and the great room (an old church) was spectacular and inviting with comfy chairs, a great water view and lots of books. We had no idea the far reaching marketing of eco-tourism has put Alert Bay on the map in terms of whale and grizzly bear sightings, as well as promoting a beautiful and culturally significant area. We hiked some of the many trails, rented kayaks to explore the shore, and visited the U'mista Cultural centre with it's impressive potlatch collection. Although we spotted orca from the ferry and eagles from the B&B, we were unable to book any eco-tours at the last minute, so this means a return trip for us!

Room Tip: Any of the four rooms would be fine, but one has a balcony with a great view.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 549 Fir Street, Alert Bay, British Columbia V0N 1A0, Canada
Region: 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: £79 - £99 (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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