Welcome – Gilakas’la

What is there to do in Alert Bay?

We urge everyone to come early and stay late!

After you have arrived and set up your tent, or booked into one of the island’s guest houses or B & B - EXPLORE!

People from all over the world come to visit the “U’Mista Cultural Centre”, which opened in 1980, and houses one of the finest collections of elaborately carved masks (depicting the Potlatch Ceremony of the Kwakwaka-wakw First Nations). The cultural centre also displays other exhibits of traditional and contemporary objects. The beautiful gift shop offers fine jewelry, carvings, prints, books and many other items. This is a “must see” while in Alert Bay.

There are no franchise stores on Cormorant Island. It’s mostly family operated businesses. Some say the island’s best coffee is served at the "Culture Shock Interactive Gallery", which is situated across from the boat harbour. They would love to have you visit.

We have incredible walking trails, including the famous cranberry bog at the Ecological Park. Plan to sign up for a whale watching adventure, too. After all, Alert Bay is known as the “Home of the Killer Whale”. In the month of August, it’s not unusual to see a pod of killer whales or a humpback, going by. There are a lot of sea lions, otters and bald headed eagles. The best way to see them is by contacting seasmokewhalewatching.com, our local whale watching company, to book a 4-5 hour tour.…

The island also offers a full-service grocery store, which includes a hardware department, deli and meat departments. We have a drug store, bowling alley, pickle ball and tennis courts, gas/propane station, post office, as well as a hospital, dental clinic and other medical services.

Take some time to check everything out!

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