Transportation & Maps
Transportation options to Alert Bay and on Cormorant Island itself are limited but reliable.
Arrive with a car via regularly scheduled ferry service, or travel as a foot passenger. Major sights can be reached with a relatively easy walk from the terminal. There are some big uphill climbs on the island, however, and some accommodations are removed from the village centre. A vehicle is handy for seniors, family groups, overnight visitors, and those wanting to explore the island.
Car travellers from the BC mainland and the US are advised to make BC Ferries reservations for the Horseshoe Bay terminal (just north of Vancouver) to Nanaimo. From there, it's approximately a four hour drive to Port McNeill via Highway 19. This is a multi-track, modern highway until Campbell River, at which point it narrows to two lanes for the last two hours of the trip. Traffic is minimal and the remote, uninhabited terrain is beautifully scenic. Car rentals are not available in Alert Bay, but can be found at the airport in Port Hardy.