Bald Eagles in a tree
Alert Bay's wildlife is fairly limited to its happy population of dogs, and amazingly diverse range of winged creatures, enough to impress the most diligent birders.
Otters have been spotted on the front lawn of the U'mista Cultural Centre and in-season, the waters are rush-hour busy with Orcas, humpback whales, and salmon. However, bears and cougars do not swim across the Broughton Strait from their favored terrain on Vancouver Island.
Alert Bay Ecological Park
The island's best birding spot is the Alert Bay Ecological Park, located above town off Alder Road, adjacent to the municipal campground. This fascinating piece of terrain borders a dense, sun-dappled forest with an open marsh area. A combination of marked hiking trails and a boardwalk make both areas easy to explore. A variety of brochures about the ecological park are available at the Visitor Centre.