Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Alert Bay, BC

The beauty found in nature can be one of the most powerful and memorable parts of a vacation. A new favorite location for natural tranquility is Alert Bay, British Columbia. This town is located on Cormorant Island, a small island on the western coast of Canada. Not only does this area provide unbelievable scenery, but it is also a prime location for spotting one of the sea’s most majestic creatures, the orca. Retreats such as the Alert Bay Lodge offer seaside views where orca sightings are prime. Bird watchers will delight in the Ecological Rain Forest Park, while whale watchers will enjoy the innumerable opportunities to catch a glimpse of these giant creatures offshore.

Besides the ecotourism of Alert Bay, it is also a remarkable cultural destination. It is the home of the indigenous Namgis First Nation, and thus has a unparalleled collection of cultural artifacts and Native culture. Some unique attractions at Alert Bay include the world’s tallest totem pole, the Alert Bay Big House featuring summer performances by the T’sasala Cultural Group, and the world-renowned U’mista Cultural Center, which teaches visitors about the Potlatch ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

Many other small islands populate the area around Alert Bay, and each has its own unique history to be explored. Ferries operated by BC Ferries run from Port McNeill to Alert Bay and to Sointula, an unforgettable fishing village located on Malcolm Island. All three towns offer great opportunities for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the beautiful Canadian scenery while engaging in a relaxing and traditional pastime.

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