My family and I have lived in Alert Bay for over 50 years .I am retired and served on town council for 25 years. I am proud of this heritage property, that has served Alert Bay since 1917.
Historic Alert Bay is the oldest community on the North Island and is well worth a visit.
Languages spoken English
About The Old Customs House
Enjoy your stay in this quaint, fully equipped 2 bedroom suite located upstairs in the Historic Old Customs House (built in 1917) overlooking beautiful Johnstone Straits, right downtown Alert Bay. (home of the killer whale)
from your deck:.
See the cruise ships as they pass by on their way to and from Alaska
Enjoy the marine life in the bay
Watch the soaring bald eagles and marine birds as they search for fish
Experience life in our friendly little Island community
Additional Location Information
Located downtown Alert Bay, overlooking beautiful Johnstone straits, close to the downtown shopping area .( directly across from the Information center , the Library museum and the town square)
Visit the info center and see the original watercolor paintings by Chris Nancarrow
(a day in the life of Alert Bay)
stroll along the board walk aside the seawall or walk the beaches in search of the blue, venetian glass trade beads or shells and treasures hiding in the pebbled sand. Sit on the balcony and enjoy the snow capped mountains of Vancouver Island and the clear ocean waters of the pacific.
Watch the marine shipping activities or look for the cruise ships on their way to and from Alaska spot killer whales, dolphins, mink and sea otters along with the cormorants and kingfishers, beautiful bald eagles and much more marine life.
fish off the docks for salmon and rock cod or go on a whale watching or sports fishing charter
hike the safe trails through old growth forests ( we have no wild animals living on our little island)
Experience life in our historic Island community.
"Alert Bay is the oldest established community in the North Island" and the friendliest !!
to get here drive the scenic Island Highway from Victoria or Nanaimo to Port Mcneill and board our little car and passenger ferry (schedule available on B.C. ferries web site)
Lots of parking at The old Customs House
visit and relax awhile in our ecological park. ( locals call it Gator Gardens because it resembles the Florida everglades with its moss covered trees and marshy , swamp like water)
visit the world famous U'Mista cultural center, filled with ancient masks and memorabilia of the Namgis First Nation people
view the namgis burial grounds