|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This lovely hillside property perches above the waters of Johnstone Strait. From one side of the 93 foot glassed balcony, you look over the totems in the historic village of Alert Bay. From the other you look across the waters of the Strait to the snow capped mountains of Vancouver Island. This quiet and well appointed adult home is an ideal retreat for writers or artists, as it comes with both a den/library and art studio.
Perfect too for the amateur pilot who can take advantage of the well maintained airstrip on this tiny island. The eagles soar over your head here and the orcas swim past the deck. The only thing you hear is the motor of the occasional passing cruise ship. Hike the old growth forest trails, enjoy the sea kayaking, unparalleled sport fishing. Learn about the culture of the 'Namgis First Nation at the unique U'Mista Cultural Centre.
This home is completely equipped and ideal for a longer stay.
This home was bought 10 years ago while I was working as the physician for the Namgis First Nation here in Alert Bay. Its many visitors have often commented that the vista from almost every room is unique and spectacular. While work has taken me east for the time being, I love the opportunity to come back to my real 'home'. My new husband Francois loves it here as much as I do. We try to come back as often as possible and enjoy the opportunity of sharing it with others when we are not here.
The Owner purchased this house in 2000
The view speaks for itself!
Alert Bay is the home of traditional native carvers. There are many totem poles still standing in the traditional burial grounds. During summer months there are performances of traditional native dance and song in the Big House. In addition there are many opportunities to enjoy tips to nearby ancient island villages.
My colleague and I stayed at this beautiful house on four occasions while working in Alert Bay over the last couple of months. It's clean, cosy, and well appointed. And it has a tremendous view out over the ocean. I'd recommend it to anyone.
We had a wonderful 6 week stay in this 'home from home' Travelling from England wanting a different travel experience, we were not disappointed. We loved the house and the island. Everyone we met were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. The house was so comfortable, well decorated and such a good size, we felt right at home. Everything was as described, worked well and the bed was comfortable plus the jacuzzi bath was a real treat especially when we had been walking.
My husband is a wildlife photographer and the panoramic deck was great, being able to watch the eagles, kingfishers, humming birds and occasionally whales, dolphins and sea lions. Plus the views were mesmerising even on wet days.
We managed a couple of whale watching trips from Telegraph Cove and Port McNeil before the end of the season plus a couple of fishing trips from Alert Bay.
We were also keen to visit the U'Mista museum and learn about the Namgis First Nation history, we were even invited to a Potlatch which was an amazing experience.
We found the Supermarket and Drug Store in Alert Bay had most things. We had breakfast at The Bayside and lunch at Pass'n Thyme on a few occasions.
Val and Gene the Managers and Katrina provided us with great support, making our stay even easier and more memorable.
We have certainly recommended the house to our friends.
We recently returned from our stay at this home and I must say, it is one of the best rentals we have stayed in. The house is very large and comfortable, and it was perfect for our family of 4, with 2 active boys. The home is in perfect condition, clean, and very well equipped. The kitchen has anything and everything you need, and the bedrooms and beds are large and super comfy. There are plenty of towels and supplies. The washer and dryer work very well, as does the stove. The wrap around deck has an amazing view of the bay and has breathtaking views of glorious sunsets. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. We were able to observe whales passing by and bald eagles flying overhead right from the deck. The fireplace made it magical and cozy at night, and there is plenty of firewood available at the house. This house, location, facilities and amenities, and the owner/manager are really fantastic and I highly recommend it to others.
The great Irish poet W.B. Yeats wrote of places at the seashore where one could get away to for an offering of pure simplicity, relaxation, and contemplation. Both Alert Bay and this outstanding home are about as close as you're going to get to actually realizing that sort of destination in this post-modern, nano-cyber-i'm-so-hyper age.
I don't know the square footage of the home, but it was a good bit larger than we'd expected. It's lovely and well furnished. Then there's the raised deck out the sliding glass doors. Oh Wow. The view is astounding. We spent a month and wished we'd had another 10 days more. My first morning, I was making coffee, glanced up from the kitchen sink, looked out over the aforementioned deck, and ... counted 7 bald eagles within 200 yards of me.
Alert Bay/Cormorant Island itself is a now sleepy, very quiet small island, after a more rollicking time in bygone decades. A series of trails through the woods offer plenty of running, walking, or simple solitude opportunities. The local First Nations community are quite friendly, informative, and especially kind.
I'd recommend this as a longer rental stay for anyone (or a couple or even two couples) who is over 35 and would like to get away or perhaps do some writing or maybe paint.
Our stay on Cormorant Island in Laurel's lovely abode was absolutely wonderful! First I have to say that the view from the house is absolutely breathtaking. And over the course of the day, with weather changes the view simply transforms before your eyes. My husband and I are both early-ish risers, so at 6 am when the kids were still deep in slumber, my husband and I were out on the deck with our coffee and tea, just sitting quietly taking in the gorgeous blanket of fog that was wrapped around the mountains across the ocean in front of us. It was exquisite. The only time we broke our silence was to announce our awe to one another. It really is magical. We were visiting with our daughters and my mother and there was plenty of room for everyone to sleep and spread out comfortably during our down time. While we were in Alert Bay we went kayaking with Blackfish Adventures Ltd and we went whale watching with Mackay Whale Watching Tours. These adventures were great for a day out, but it was equally great to return to the house to unwind and put our feet up. We even enjoyed a few movie nights curled up with our kids on the sofa's in the tv room. It really is so comfortable and homey. We were only able to stay for three nights on this trip, but we most definitely plan to return and stay on longer in Laurel's lovely house.
We just stayed here for 10 days and had a perfect stay! The house, location and view are so much more than the pictures can convey. The owner anticipated our every need and it felt like we were her own personal house guests. The house was in great shape - clean, well maintained, fully equipped plus it is full of interesting artwork and has a great library - no need to bring your own books to read. We were given a notebook with all the information we needed - people in the community to contact for questions about the house, the area, whale watching and other local amenities and activities. If you know about Alert Bay already, look no further - this is the house you will want. If you are wondering if you want to stay in Alert Bay - you should seriously consider it. It was our first visit and we found it to be charming and friendly with ample things to do - a visit to the U'mista Cultural Museum is a must, stroll along the boardwalk and visit the shops, walk along the extensive trail system through old growth trees and a lengthy shore littered with driftwood, river rocks and tidal pools. The ferry allows you to travel to Malcolm Island and the village of Sointula for free. Mostly, we cooked our own meals and enjoyed the view from the deck - a constant stream of ravens, eagles and seagulls, interesting water craft, tidal currents and low fog that burned off by midmorning each day. We did not see whales from the deck, but we saw them elsewhere many times. Everyone says it is just a matter of time until we would have seen them from the deck. Two unexpected treats - the bed in the master bedroom is the most comfortable bed I have even slept in and the tap water is delicious! I brought a full carton back with me!
Aert Bay is home of the 'Namgis First Nation. There are many opportunities to view totem poles, see traditional carvers at work, and during the summer months, watch traditional dance at the Big House. There are opportunities for whale watching in the beautiful Johnstone Strait, combined with visits to the Orca Lab, and other whale habitats.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $38 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$190|
1-2 persons .. $150/night .. $ 900/week .. $2400/month
3-4 persons .. $250/night .. $1500/week .. $4000/month
5-6 persons .. $300/night .. $1800/week .. $6000/month
Reservation is confirmed with a deposit of 50%. The balance is due one month prior to occupancy.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.