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 this time.
The ship is a working coastal freighter and is not a luxury cruise ship. The seating is a combination of small town coffee shop and used school bus but the food is pretty good,( breakfast and lunch) and the tiny bar serves beer and wine. The crew were efficient, informative, and friendly.
We would reccommend this trip to anyone who wants a genuine West Coast experience.
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