Was a very interesting trip, done 30 November, weather was not so good, and unfortunately we did not see any sealife. However we were glad we went
Lots of wildlife and sea lions,orca's,whales,bears etc.The stops along the way are very interesting.Lots of kayakers and kayaks were dropped off at Sechart Lodge.When we got to Ucluelet we had some time to look around the small village before our return to Port Alberni with the complete return trip taking aprx. 11 hours.
The MV Lady Rose has been replace by the MV Barkley. The cruise travels south from Port Alberni, through the 'broken group' and over to Bamfield for a short stop. Then the return up the inlet. Quite often whales will be seen around the 'broken group'.
Our group spent a day on the vessel travelling down the water from Port Albernie to Bamfield and return. It was a marvellous way of seeing Vancouver Island wilderness. In addition to the scenery and water views, we saw bears, leopard seals, timber mills and put into several small villages to drop and pick up goods and passengers. An excellent... More
While the scenery was breath taking the boat is dated and very uncomfortable. The indoor seating area could use a good clean and the seats desperately need to be replaced, hard as rock. The outdoor seating consists of wooden benches and folding chairs - by the time I got to Port Alberni I had a very sore tail bone! On... More
We have travelled with this company three years in a row to there lodge Sechart to Kayak. What an adventure. We started with a trip down the Alberni Canal we saw eagles ,seals, a whale and two baby bears at Sechart. We like to stay at the lodge at least four days and then return home on the ship. We... More
Even though we are boaters who spend about 4 months a year on the water, we loved our day this week on the MV FRANCES BARKLEY. From Port Alberni to Bamfield and return with several stops along the way we enjoyed spectacular scenery and wildlife. Eagles, Cormorants, Seals, Sea Lions, Black Bear were all on the agenda but no whales... More
It's like stepping back in time. We boarded the Francis Barkley(the lady Rose has been decommissioned)but the company is still called Lady Rose.When the ship left Port Alberni we made our way through a fleet of fishing boats 100's of them fishing for salmon. The trip down the inlet has great views of mountains and if you are lucky spectacular... More
Wonderful opportunity to sightsee while observing a working boat and the communities it serves. Take your binoculars. Friendly staff. Good food on board and an all round wonderful trip. A must do if you are in the area.
We saw an ad in our local paper that they had an October special rate of $30. This peaked our interest since I had never heard of this trip before. After researching on the internet and looking at the upcoming weather we booked a Tuesday trip October 8. We parked our camper in a free city lot overnight, 1 block... More
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