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“Not a place for couples or families - stay somewhere else!” 2 of 5 stars
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Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Ucluelet
Nelson, Canada
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“Not a place for couples or families - stay somewhere else!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We stayed recently and found this to offer extremely overpriced accomodations. If you aren't here to fish from the Can Princess, and you didn't get some kind of package deal before arriving, I would strongly recommend you stay somewhere else!! I read another review on this site about friendly but naive staff, and that was our experience as well when we asked them to explain why our room cost so much. Two men in our party went fishing, their wives did not, but the wives had to pay much extra - almost doubled the cost of the pkg deal the guys got- to tag along, but the wives didn't fish. When we asked staff to explain the cost, the explanation confused us even more, but was delivered by a very friendly and smiling manager, so can't say we left angry.... exactly. They seem to be charging 5 star rates for a 2 star hotel room - no phones to even call front desk, tv remote didn't work, no vacuuming under bedskirts-found lots of little goodies under there, first room smelled badly like mildew/changed rooms, tap dripped in tub, old dingy pictures on walls, could have stayed at the Black Rock for the same price and next time will stay there or somewhere else! The staff were all very friendly, but we still felt ripped off by the cost we paid - This place would improve much by a little updating and other comforts added such as phones, minifridges, etc.

Room Tip: best view is in room numbers in building 3 - if you must stay here, ask for a room in the 3hundreds
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Dear bjoanj,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I'm sorry your stay with us didn't meet your expectations. Should we have the opportunity to welcome you again, please contact me directly at 250-726-7771 to further discuss your concerns.

Brian Clarkson
General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We stayed here for three nights while attending a conference in Uclulet. The view is idyllic and all the rooms have that view. We stayed in one of the hotel rooms which are basic but fine. The bed was very comfortable and the staff were pleasant. It is definitely a "no frill" kinds of place but comfortable and good value.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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malmö,
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

I stayed inside the boat in the beginning of August while my parents stayed in the cottage. If you want to save money, then choose to sleep inside the boat (it is like a budget hostel). If you want to spend a little extra, then definitely get the cabin as you have your own bathroom, fireplace and a balcony that overlooks the beautiful sea.

We went for a fishing package (2 nights, 3 days) included is two full days of fishing. I would call this a fisherman's resort and if you don't like or plan to go fishing, I would not recommend this because there is nothing else to do around the area (unless you drive). The service was great both in the hotel and on the boat. I had horrible sea sickness on my first day and hotel gave me some pills for my super fantastic second day at sea :) The skippers on the boat were so so great and all had fun personalities. In addition, there were TONS of whales and seals everywhere. Don't waste your money for those whale watching trips. You can do this and get a "2 for 1" deal.

Can't wait until my visit to the westcoast again and will definitely come back!

PS: This was my first ever exclusive fishing trip and we caught over 25 fish (between the 5 of us) and I caught a 14lbs halibut. FISH ON!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BrianClarkson, General Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, September 19, 2011
Dear adewski,

I'm glad you enjoyed your fishing trip at Canadian Princess. We are primarily a fishing resort although our whale watching trips are very popular with visitors. I'm glad you got to combine both! I'm also glad that you enjoyed your experience on the ship. Although not for everyone, the ship offers a unique nautical experience and is very appealing to the budget traveller. We're very proud of our boat crew and I will pass along your compliments to them.

I hope to see you again soon.

Brian Clarkson
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Parma, Italy
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

This hotel is very unique and specialized for fishermen. We stayed to see the wildlife and the Pacific Rim. The whales are often seen and used boats for excursions are large and comfortable. The hotel is clean, the rooms are large. Breakfast is served from 4.30 am. They are typical Canadian breakfast, then the Italians should go out ....
The staff is very courteous and they check in too late at night, we arrived very late. At the reception there is a nice gift shop.
the hotel is ideal for fishermen, but we were very good also.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BrianClarkson, General Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, September 13, 2011
Dear nigliobattelezampe,

Thanks for your feedback on the resort. We do cater to fishermen, but also welcome a lot of travellers who are simply looking for a west coast experience like yourself. I will pass along your comments about our crew accommodating your late check in. We're proud of the service we provide. I hope you can join us again on your next trip to the west coast.

Sincerely,
Brian Clarkson
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

We had been camping on the island for a week and a half and decided to treat ourselves to a nice hotel. The price was a little higher then we had anticipated but what the heck. When we walked in the room we decided on the spot to stay for the extra 2 nights we were in the area. Then we saw the view out the window to the marina wow! Then it all went crashing downhill...we could here every breath, cough, fart from every other room within our building. Simply walking down the hall woke everyone in the place. This building is so poorly built I would be embarrased to charge 10 dollars a night! We didn't sleep a wink and couldn't wait to get out of there and back to our tent. I have NEVER
chosen tent over hotel when presented with the choice. Omg don't stay here!!!spend less money up the rode for a wonderful nights sleep.




  • Stayed August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BrianClarkson, General Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, September 9, 2011
Dear idieh128

Thanks for your feedback on our accommodations at Canadian Princess Resort. I'm sorry that your found your stay so unpleasant. Your feedback about the ability to hear your neighbours is appreciated and we do our best to accommodate guests and to work with our existing buildings to provide a positive guest experience. Unfortunately, in your situation, we were unsuccessful, but we are working to improve the situation.

Brian Clarkson
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Irving, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

I had the great fortune to bring my two grandsons and their wonderful fathers to the Canadian Princess. We stayed ashore and the facilities were great as was the entire staff. We went out to sea and limited out on Halibut and Salmon including one heck of a great bottom fishing trip where all of us where screaming FISH ON!!! And were treated to seeing about 50 whales which everyone on board was delighted to see. If you are looking for a great place to do some party boat fishing this is the place to go. RRP Irving Texas

Room Tip: Great clean rooms and everthing worked the best thing NO PHONES!!!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrianClarkson, General Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, September 9, 2011
Hi Richard,

Thanks for your wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to share your fishing (and whale watching) experience with your family. Thanks for the compliments on the crew. We'll pass that along! Hope to see you again soon.

Brian Clarkson
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Bellingham, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

Myself and 12 friends booked a trip here August 14th & 15th 2011. We flew in on a 40 minute flight from Vancouver South terminal to the Long Beach airport where a chartered bus was waiting to take us to the resort. Here we stayed in the resort's on shore accommodation.

Starting with the flight, the lone stewardess left much to be desired. The passengers were essentially read the riot act with threats of either turning the plane around or calling authorities at the other end to arrest anyone that as much as opened a beer. Understanding the legalities of such behavior, I feel the stewardess completely mishandled a group of individuals that were intent on having nothing more than a good time.

The accommodation was very comfortable. At a fishing resort you just need a good comfy bed and a hot shower. Our room had that as well as a view of the marina. Check with your booking agent however as there are supposedly beds ranging from singles to queens.

On to the boat. There were the 13 of us, 1 additional passenger, and 2 crew, Jared and Roxanne on a 53' cruiser. Beginning at 6am the trip out is about 2 hours. Fortunately for us the seas were quite calm and we saw many whales breaching in the distance. Once we arrived at the fishing grounds, within 5 minutes chaos broke out on board. FISH ON!! We put the crew to work and they relished the challenge. I can honestly say EVERYONE was having an incredible time! We took in 64 fish for the day after throwing back probably close to 20 wild coho. Largest Chinook was 17 pounds and the largest halibut was about 18. These aren't giants of the deep but when you are catching so many fish, these are plenty big enough. What made the trip more special I believe was the crew. These 2 hustled like none other and fit with the group so well! It was hard to say who was having more fun.

The following day the fishing had calmed down substantially with a 13lb Chinook being the largest. In lieu of fish however we were treated to some close up whale watching action right off the bow. Incredible!!

As with any fishing ventures, you are at the mercy of the the fish but the crews here, particularly on the first day, were incredible!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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carl2782, Front Office Manager at Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Dear Guest,

Thanks very much for taking the time to write your great and detailed review of your trip. You're right in saying the fishing recently has been fantastic! I will pass on your comments to Roxanne and Jared, they will be thrilled to hear your feedback. I'm glad to hear you also enjoyed your stay in our shore room and the view of Ucluelet boat harbor. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back to Canadian Princess and share our great fishing and accommodations with you again next summer!

Tight Lines,

Carl Rickards
Front Desk Manager
Canadian Princess Resort
Ucluelet, BC
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Address: 1943 Peninsula Rd, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Barkley Sound > Ucluelet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ucluelet
#6 Family Hotel in Ucluelet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Canadian Princess Fishing Lodge & Marine Adventures 2.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the excitement of the west coast of Vancouver Island at the Canadian Princess Resort in Ucluelet-Pacific Rim. The Canadian Princess is the perfect place to visit with friends, family or co-workers for a truly memorable angling experience. Savour the thrill of guided fishing trips on the open ocean, where you'll find waters teeming with salmon, halibut and bottom fish as you soak in the stunning landscape of Vancouver Island's west coast. Whale watching is also very popular in this area, and our covered and heated boats are the perfect platform for you to experience the majesty of these giants of the sea! ... more   less 
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