Located on Cormorant Island and rich in First Nations people, history and culture, Alert Bay is the oldest community in the North Island. The tiny, crescent shaped island, with its numerous walking and cycling trails, offer visitors easy access to a unique coastal and cultural experience: a place to enjoy and explore at leisure.
The village is graced with captivating paintings and totem poles, including one of the worlds tallest totem poles. The U’mista Cultural Centre houses one of the finest collections of historical artifacts depicting the Potlatch Ceremony and the unique gift shop offers a wide variety of local Native art. There are scheduled performances of Traditional First Nation dancing and singing offered during July and August.
Alder Bay Resort
A private camping facility that is a 15 minute drive south from Port McNeill on Highway 19. By car from Port McNeill, drive 10 minutes south and turn left at the Beaver Cove/Highway 19 Junction. Road signs lead to Beaver Cover, Alder Bay Resort and Telegraph Cove. Drive 3-5 minutes and turn left at the sign indicating the Alder Bay Road and drive 1 km down into the campground. If you do not turn off the Beaver Cove road at this point, you will arrive eventually at Telegraph Cove. At Alder Bay, camping is available for tents and RV’s and if you are not camping, there is a $5.00 day parking fee (plus gst) that is payable at the camp office.
Approximate driving times to the Port McNeill ferry terminal or the Alder Bay Campsite via HWY 19:
- Port Hardy: 1 hour
- Campbell River: 2 hours
- Courtenay: 2.5 hours
- Nanaimo: 4 hours
- Victoria: 5.5 hours