Property at a Glance: Alert Bay Cabins
Alert Bay Cabins occupies a pine-fringed hilltop that looks out over the bay’s glistening waters. As a guest, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the gorgeous setting: stroll along the waters at sunset, or head out on a boating excursion. Some of this deal’s options include a fishing or whale-watching trip on a private yacht.
- Home away from home: Whip up a home-cooked meal in the kitchenette of your cabin.
- Snag a salmon on a fishing trip or from a pier along the bay.
- See the local wildlife: It’s not uncommon to spot hummingbirds flitting about the property or bald eagles soaring above the bay.
Alert Bay, British Columbia: Tribal History and Preserved Wilderness
Set on an island studded with giant rocks and old-growth trees, the tiny village of Alert Bay seems like an unspoiled wilderness. The village owes this, in part, to the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw First Nations tribes that first occupied this stretch of shoreline hundreds of years ago and still make up much of its population. Remnants of their early culture can be found throughout Cormorant Island, from the world’s tallest totem pole to the U’mista Cultural Centre, which houses an extensive collection of tribal masks and other artifacts.
When you’re ready to explore the natural landscape, grab a copy of the Big Tree Interpretive Trail brochure, which maps out the area’s best hiking routes. The trail leads to Alert Bay Ecological Park, where you can see bald eagles and other marine birds in their natural habitat. Orca whales are some of the most popular sea life in the waters surrounding Alert Bay—take a whale-watching tour to glimpse them as they swim in pods.