U'mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay
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Alert Bay

Bird Watching

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.

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Seasmoke Whale Watching - Alert Bay


An eco-tour with the viewing of orcas, humpback & minke whales, numerous other marine mammals & seabirds while touring through the protected waters of Johnstone Strait & the Broughton Archipelago.

Departures are from: Alert Bay on Cormorant Island & the Alder Bay Resort on Vancouver Island. Our 4-5 hr "Sail with the Whales" tour offers exceptional service & value to individuals, families & small groups & includes fresh baked muffins & Devonshire Tea.

If you are looking for a unique & eco-friendly experience, join us, our carbon footprint is very small. There is no other whale-watching tour like it on the BC coast!

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