Welcome – Gilakas’la

The Alert Bay 360 is an eco-tourism based event which encourages a healthy lifestyle, and helps our local businesses. This is an event which showcases not only Cormorant Island and those who live here, but also the culture and the many wonders found on Northern Vancouver Island, including the Broughton Archipelago. Check out this Video by Robin Thacker of Altantis Kayaks.

The ‘Namgis First Nation (pronounced numb geese) have been in this area for thousands of years. There is a warm welcome from the ‘Namgis First Nation when Chief Bill Cranmer and his son, Eli, sing the “welcome song” during the awards ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, there is the “Big House Celebration”, which includes a seafood feast (from our local waters), and cultural songs and dances put on by the T’sasala Dance Group. This is a magical and spiritual ride, and an invitation into the Big House is considered a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"We Come in Peace"

You will probably notice the friendliness of our community, which is evident as soon as you arrive. We, the locals, acknowledge each other with a wave, a head nod, or a smile every time we cross paths.

Don’t be alarmed……… It’s what we do!

Some words you may hear and their basic translation.

Yo – Hello
Wiksas (weeksas) – How are you
?
Ikman (eekman) – Good.
Gilakas’la – Welcome/thank you.

 

“How did the Alert Bay 360 become a paddling event with the most prizes in the world?

It’s because we are a community full of giving. Some of the world’s best local carvers donate their work. Businesses give generously. Be sure to take note of logos and links on this website. It indicates a business or group that supports the mission and vision of the Alert Bay 360. Individuals give from their hearts as well.

The Alert Bay 360 committee starts collecting donations in February, so by August the feature window in our local ShopRite/Rona is full of prizes/donations. ShopRite has supported us from the beginning. They also sponsor the Paddler’s Barbecue on Saturday, July 31 the day before the Alert Bay 360. This year it will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 198, and there will be free food served throughout the afternoon. Don’t be surprised if locals or participants start to sing or play an instrument. We encourage and welcome it!

"Is the Alert Bay 360 a safe event?"

The local RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Auxiliary Coast Guard, and many other safety vessels are with you all the way. Any problems or issues that may arise are taken care of quickly. Each safety vessel and event volunteer has a hand held radio to quickly relay any issues or concerns.

"When is the next event?"

The Alert Bay 360 event takes place every B.C. Day long weekend. Same format, different prizes and adventures.

Please use the facebook link on our website to share your experience and encourage others to come and participate. Post your favorite pictures, too. If you have a really great shot, let us know, as we would love to have it on the website.

 

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