Alert Bay

ALERT BAY, village, pop 556 (2006), is on CORMORANT ISLAND off the northeast coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND, about 290 km north of VANCOUVER. The area was a seasonal gathering place for the Namgis (Nimpkish), a KWAKWAKA'WAKW nation, when it was named for the British warship HMS Alert, which was engaged on a naval survey of the coast. In 1870 A.W. Huson and his partners built a store and a saltery for preserving SALMON. They encouraged Rev A.J. Hall to relocate his mission from FORT RUPERT in order...

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