Sailing from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island’s Picturesque West Coast

Outdoor Adventures Sight Seeing

The Lady Rose Marine Services in Port Alberni offers relaxing day sailing trips on a working ship, the MV Frances Barkley down the Barkley Sound to Bamfield and Broken Group Islands area on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. A great way to spend a day Along with passengers, the ship carries cargo and mail that gets dropped off along the way.

Relaxed Sailing Trips

The ship can accommodate up to 100 passengers with ample indoor seating allowing protected viewing of the magnificent forested landscapes and waterways. Canoeists and kayakers can be picked up or dropped off at various places along the route.  You may occasionally feel the motion of the ocean swells but the bulk of the trip through Barkley Sound which is fairly protected as compared to the raw Pacific Ocean.
You need to bring warm clothing and a windbreaker as it may be cool on deck and of course your camera. You may even get some whale watching in.

Bamfield and Ucluelet on the Scenic West Coast of Vancouver

Bamfield is on the scenic West Coast of Vancouver Island directly across from Ucluelet in Barkley Sound. The historic ship MV Frances Barkley sails year-round  but only stops in at Ucluelet in the summer months. Once in Bamfield, you can take stroll of the charming town – population 300. No big box stores here. There is limited food service available on the Barkley but I’m told that the hamburgers are great.

Kayaking and Canoeing in Barkley Sound

Lady Rose Marine Services has kayaks and canoes available for rent for use in Pinkerton Islands/Sechart Channel area as well as the Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound.
The rental equipment is located at the Sechart Whaling Station Lodge which is about 1.5km (1mile) north of the National Park Boundary in the Sechart Channel in Barkley Sound next to Canoe Island.
You definitely want to make reservations in advance.

History of the MV Lady Rose and The Frances Barkley

The company’s namesake ship, the MV Lady Rose, was built in Scotland in the 1930s and  operated in Alberni Inlet from 1969 to 2008.  The Rose is currently moored Tofino, where she is being renovated to become a floating restaurant.
The MV Frances Barkley was built in Norway in the 1950s. In a similar way to the Rose, she sailed across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal and up the west coast to Port Alberni.
Up to 1959, the only way to get from Port Alberni to Tofino and Ucluelet was by boat.

MV Frances Barkley Ports of Call

  • Bamfield
  • Broken Group Islands
  • Ucluelet
  • Kildonan
  • Sechart

Be sure to contact Lady Rose Marine Services for current schedules and reservations are recommended, especially in the summer season.

Lady Rose Marine Services Contact Information

Lady Rose Marine Services
South Port Alberni next to Alberni Harbour Quay
5425 Argyle Street, Box 188
Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M7
Tel: (250) 723-8313

Toll-free: 800-663-7192
Fax: (250) 723-8314


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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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