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The Old Customs House

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Last updated: 04/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6 with 2200 square feet of space

Enjoy your stay in this quaint, old fashioned fully equipped 2 bedroom suite, upstairs in the historic Old Customs House (built in 1917) overlooking beautiful Johnstone Straits,located right downtown Alert Bay(Home Of The Killer Whale).cable TV and high speed internet provided.
-enjoy a glass of wine while watching one of our magnificent sunsets.
-watch the cruise ships and marine traffic as they pass by
-enjoy the marine life in the bay including killer whales, sea otters, mink and seal
-watch the soaring bald eagles as they search for fish.
-Experience life in our historic community:
-walk or hike our safe, easily accessed trails through old growth forests
- stroll along the board walk aside the seawall
-Sit and visit with the locals in our town square
-walk along the beach looking for old trade beads or shells or bits of polished colored glass hiding in the pebbled sand
-visit and relax awhile in ecological park that resembles the Florida everglade with its moss covered trees and swamp like marshy areas (the locals call it Gator Gardens!!
-Take some time to visit the world famous U'Mista cultural center, filled with ancient artifacts and treasures of the Namgis first nations.
view the Namgis burial grounds filled with Totem poles
see the worlds tallest totem pole(173 feet tall)
- See the water color paintings by Chris Nancarrow depicting a day in the life of Alert Bay
-Fish off the dock for salmon and rock cod .
-go whale watching, kayaking or diving
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 2200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    there are a set of stairs to climb...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    fully renovated...moreless


  • Books:

    some books and magazines. we are located right across the street from the public library...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Pebble beach to look for colored glass, shells and Native trade beads...moreless

  • Beachfront:

    We are located right across the street from the pebbled beach. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    we are located right down town, across from the village square and the info center and next door to the shopping center...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    we have a magnificent view of the Northern Vancouver Island mountains...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    From our deck and windows and yard we have a beautiful ocean view of Johnstone straits , our inner harbour and of the Vancouver Island mountains ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    We are located directly across the street from the ocean , the ocean front board walk and beach....moreless

  • Village:

    Alert Bay is a quaint and historic little fishing village and is the oldest in the North Island. There are many things to see and do including The U'Mista museum, The worlds tallest totem pole....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    there is always something happening on our waterfront. watch cruise ships fishing vessels . tugs and barges, pleasure craft, kayakers, killer whales, mink, seals and other marine life ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    extra chairs and tables in bedrooms. Table on deck with chairs . room for 2 at kitchen counter...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Internet:

    free, high speed internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    cable T.V books and board games...moreless

  • Parking:

    room for you park vehicles in yard alongside of the building...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    free washing machine ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    full set of plates, cups and glasses knives and forks pots and pans...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full service Kitchen, with range (with oven), frig , coffeemaker, toaster, cooking pots and dishes, cutlery provided. Every thing you might need to set up housekeeping.!!! ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    salt, pepper, coffee, tea, coffee whitener assorted spices and herbs ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size frig...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    small deck has table and chairs to comfortably enjoy your beautiful surroundings. ...moreless

  • Tennis

Building Type

  • Building


Write a review 4.7
from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2017
2 night min stay
$549 $1,464

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$549 $1,464

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning per stay $29.27
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $73.18
  • Pet Fee $18.29


NO SMOKING except in designated area

Rates are based on double occupancy

not suitable for handicapped (there are stairs that need to be climbed)

1-2 persons $125.00 PER NIGHT $750.00 WEEKLY

extra persons $25.00 per night

high speed internet included free

washer and dryer provided free of charge

BBQ provided

check out time is 11 am

check in time is 4 pm

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/19/2017
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2 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Alert Bay has a well maintained airstrip
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
2 blocks

Car: Recommended

Alert Bay has a series of safe, well maintained , easy hiking trails through first and second growth forest. Good for Bird Watchers , nature enthusiasts and photographers..


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and came to B.C. in the early days of Kitimat shortly after my marriage. I have lived in Alert Bay for over 50 years and I served on village council for 25 years and I have always been actively involved with the community.( mainly tourism). I held numerous positions with the union of B.C municipalities (U.B.C.M.) and the association of Vancouver Island Municipalities (A.V.I.C.C.). I had 9 children who were all raised on Cormorant Island. They are scattered all over Canada now. I love our historic old community with its colorful past and characters and enjoy sharing my stories and knowledge with our visitors. My husband and I have been married close to 60 years.

Why the Owner Chose Alert Bay, BC, Canada:
The building is a historic building (customs House), built from the lumber first milled here In Alert Bay from first growth Fir. It has housed( over the years) the customs , telephone, and telegraph offices and has seen many people pass through its doors

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We are located right down town within walking distance of most attractions and shops.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

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  • A sunset worth waiting for

    A sunset worth waiting for

  •  on the way to Alert Bay via The Quadra Queen

    on the way to Alert Bay via The Quadra Queen

VRBO #614776

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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