At the northern end of Vancouver Island lies this small, but thriving settlement with a population of roughly 1,500. As the gateway to Knight and Kingcome inlets and the Broughton Archipelago, Alert Bay provides all visitor services, as well as First Nation crafts sold in the local shops in this community of strong Kwakwaka'wakw ties. Totems tower above the 'Namgis burial grounds, while Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts and potlatch collections can be found in a traditional style Big House at the U'mista Cultural Centre.
From Port McNeill, the ferry transports cars and passengers to Cormorant and Malcolm islands with scheduled arrivals and departures every two to three hours.
Transportation is provided by BC Ferries.
Many recreational opportunities are offered at Alert Bay, including kayaking, air tours, whale watching, beach combing, or exploring the nearby nature trails. Watch the killer whales at the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, just a 30-minute boat ride from Alert Bay.