U'mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay
(Picture BC photo)

Alert Bay

Things to Do

Orca near Alert Bay (Orca near Alert Bay (Picture BC photo)

Orca near Alert Bay (Orca near Alert Bay (Picture BC photo)

Although Cormorant Island covers just 5sq km/3sq mi, there is no shortage of things to do here – definitely so when extending Alert Bay's playground into the surrounding oceanscape.

Aboriginal cultural attractions, whale-watching outings, hiking on the beach, bird watching at the Alert Bay Ecological Reserve, two museums, and a handful of art galleries are all on the agenda.

Aboriginal Arts and Culture

Above all, Alert Bay is internationally renowned as a centre for aboriginal art and cultural attractions. The modern and impressive U'mista Cultural Centre is home to an incredible collection of potlatch regalia. The world's largest totem pole stands vigil over a massive Big House used by the 'Namgis peoples. A roadside First Nations' graveyard is filled with totem and memorial poles. And several art galleries showcase the work of contemporary Kwakwaka'wakw artists.

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