Drive north on the Island Highway (Highway 19) from Victoria or Nanaimo, passing Parksville, Courtenay, Campbell River and Sayward. Turn right at the sign to Port McNeill and head down the hill, following the signs to the ferry. The ferry ride to Cormorant Island, home to Alert Bay, is 35 minutes.
Medical students and residents will need a vehicle during their rural rotation.
Scheduled flights depart daily from Vancouver to Port Hardy. A limousine service is available from Port Hardy to Port McNeill where a connection can be made to the ferry to Alert Bay. Pacific Coastal Airlines, Kenmore Air Seaplanes and NW Seaplanes all have service to the area.
Greyhound Canada / Island Coach Lines offer service to Alert Bay. Scheduled buses depart daily from all points on Vancouver Island to Port McNeill.
This community has ferry service through BC Ferries. The Tri-Island Ferry runs between Port McNeill, Alert Bay and Sointula. Operating hours are from 8:40 AM to 9:50 PM, seven days a week.
Car rentals are not available in Alert Bay, but can be found at the airport in Port Hardy.
National Car Rental
4850 Byng Road
Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0
P: 250 949-7121
Forty K Taxi
303 Fir Street
Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
P: 250 974-5525
The Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the Vancouver Island north community, relocation and local businesses.
Alert Bay currently has one ATM located outside of Alert Bay Drugs and a second ATM at the Bayside Pub (available during pub hours).
Alert Bay is in Vancouver Island North School District #85.
Alert Bay Elementary School
380 Larch Street
Alert Bay, BC, V0N 1A0
P: 250 974-5569 | F: 250 974-5925
The Visitor Centre Manager is relocated to the Village of Alert Bay Office during the off season (October to April).
Alert Bay’s island location provides for magnificent scenery and abundant wildlife. As the gateway to Knight and Kingcome inlets and the Broughton Archipelago, Alert Bay promises exciting ecological adventures. Popular outdoor recreational activities include salt-water fishing, kayaking, bird watching, boating, scuba diving, camping, whale watching, beachcombing and hiking.
The world renowned Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, a favourite rubbing beach for killer whales, is just 30 minutes away by boat. Spectacular Mount Cain, the home of what is arguably the best skiing on Vancouver Island is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Port McNeill.
Artifacts and events of Alert Bay’s past can be viewed at the local museum and the U’mista Cultural Centre, an internationally known facility that houses one of the finest collections of historical items depicting the Potlatch Ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw.
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