Description of Glamping Units
This charming accommodation, located on Cormorant Island in British Columbia, can provide up to two guests with a peaceful getaway in colorful Alert Bay, which hosts an abundance of natural and cultural treasures.
Built over the ocean, the accommodation consists of one studio-style bedroom with a full bath, a kitchenette, a dining area, and access onto both east and west facing covered decks with views of the ocean, village, harbor and colorful summer garden.
The main room is furnished with a queen-size bed, rustic dining table and kitchenette with a sink, a small refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster, a kettle, a coffee maker, tea and coffee, and place settings for two. The private bath includes a sink, a toilet, and a combination bathtub and shower. Linens and towels are provided.
Throughout the interior, the reclaimed and re-purposed old growth fir creates a sense of harmony with the accommodation's natural surroundings. Other amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen satellite TV, toiletries, and a hairdryer. Ironing equipment, shared BBQ facilities, and limited, on-site parking are also available. Read More
- Dining table
- Kitchen equipment
- Linens provided
- Private bathroom
- Queen-size bed
- Running water
- Tea kettle
- Towels provided
Inside the accommodation, guests will enjoy amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen television with satellite channels, a kitchenette, a kettle, tea and coffee, toiletries, and a hairdryer. Ironing equipment is also available. Outside, they will enjoy a wraparound deck with ocean and harbor views, shared barbecue facilities, and limited on-site parking.
- Deck or balcony
Location + Surroundings
This accommodation is located in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island, which lies off the northern coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. With less than two square miles of land area and half a mile of width at its narrowest point, the island is one of the smallest members of the Broughton Archipelago in the Queen Charlotte Strait—but within the compact landscape set between its rocky shores, the island is packed full of natural, historical, and cultural treasures.
At Alert Bay Ecological Park, guests will find a forest of hemlocks and spruces surrounding an eerie marsh filled with decaying cedars, which met their demise when the area was dammed and flooded in the late 1800s. Bald eagles often perch on top of the remaining trunks, while woodpeckers, brown creepers, and chestnut-backed chickadees flit between the branches of the forest, which are draped with tangled webs of witches hair lichen. A long boardwalk stretches across the marsh, and three trails wind their way through the surrounding forest, connecting with about ten miles of trails that extend throughout the island.
The surrounding waters of the island are frequently visited by pods of orca, about 220 of which live off the northern coast of Vancouver Island from June to October. They can be spotted right from the shores of Alert Bay, where guests will also see a variety of seabirds and shorebirds, such as blue herons, belted kingfishers, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, and sooty shearwaters.
Parts of the island are territorial lands of historical and cultural significance to the 'Namgis tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation peoples. Many of their artifacts are housed in the U’mista Museum and Cultural Centre—one of the longest-operating First Nations cultural facilities in British Columbia, which also hosts public dance performances, storytelling gatherings, canoe tours, cedar weaving workshops, salmon barbecues, and a variety of exhibits at the Centre's Culture Shock Interactive Gallery and the 'Namgis Big House. Next to the latter, guests will also find the tallest totem pole in the world, soaring 173 feet into the air.
Other attractions on the island include the Alert Bay Library-Museum, which boasts more than 7,000 historical photographs dating back to the 19th century. Within a few minutes' walk from their accommodation, guests will find a handful of options for shopping, dining, and refreshments, including a pizzeria, a coffee shop, and a deli.
To reach the island, guests have three options: flying in by private or charter plane via the island's paved airstrip or float plane via the small craft harbour, arriving by private or charter boat via the island's small craft harbour, or taking the ferry from Port McNeill, which is about six hours and 15 minutes from Vancouver, where the nearest international airport is located, or one hour and 15 minutes from the Port Hardy airport. Read More
In partnership with Sea Wolf Adventures, the host offers a variety of cultural and wildlife viewing tours to the U'mista Cultural Centre and to nearby waterways and islands where guests can see white-sided dolphins, porpoises, orcas, minke whales, humpback whales, grizzly and black bears, seals, sea lions, and salmon. Read More
- Bird watching
- City tours
- Music festivals
- Paddle boarding
- Whale watching
- Wildlife viewing
Guests can go walking, hiking, and birdwatching at Alert Bay Ecological Park, where they will find a boardwalk that stretches across a marsh, three trails that wind through the forest surrounding the marsh, and connections to about ten miles of trails that extend all over the island and also provide opportunities for biking. Guests can also go hiking, birding watching, and orca watching on the island's eight-mile Shoreline Circle Route. At the park, guests may see bald eagles, woodpeckers, brown creepers, and chestnut-backed chickadees, while the shoreline is home to seabirds and shorebirds such as blue herons, belted kingfishers, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, and sooty shearwaters.
At the U’mista Cultural Centre and Culture Shock Interactive Gallery, guests can learn about the Namgis tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation peoples and view many of their cultural artifacts, see the world's tallest totem pole, and attend public dance performances, storytelling gatherings, canoe tours, cedar weaving workshops, and salmon barbecues.
From the island, guests can also go on a variety of wildlife viewing and cultural tours via boat or sea kayak through the surrounding waterways and islands of the region with local companies such as Sea Wolf Adventures and SeaSmoke Whale Watching. Along the way, guests will have opportunities to see white-sided dolphins, porpoises, orcas, minke whales, humpback whales, grizzly and black bears, seals, sea lions, and salmon.
- You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days prior to check-in.
- You will be charged for one full night’s stay plus 50% of the cost of the rest of the stay if you cancel within 7 days of check-in.
Pets and smoking are not permitted.