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Get West Day Adventure Cruises

Gold River, Canada
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The MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot passenger and freight vessel providing service through Vancouver Island's historic Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet and Kyuquot Sound. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wild West Coast as you tour its inlets, witness the MV Uchuck III deliver freight to remote fish farms, logging camps and remote resorts. Our schedule provides day cruises through some of Vancouver Island's most spectacular scenery, perfect for a short adventure or family vacation. Explore the shores and waterways of isolated inlets, and see a variety of wildlife - black bears, eagles, sea otters, Pacific dolphins, gray and killer whales. Like to get adventurous? Take advantage of the Uchuck's route to wet launch your kayak or be dropped off at the Nootka trailhead for a four to five day hiking trip along Vancouver Island's most remote and pristine coastal trail - without the long wait list of the famed West Coast Trail.
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Margriet R wrote a review Sep. 15
Salt Spring Island, Canada171 contributions122 helpful votes
Really enjoyed our day trip to Nootka Island aboard the MV Uchuck III. Very friendly staff. Great newsletter full of history, stories and information to read onboard. Comfortable seating. It poured rain as we boarded but the day was not bad and we saw a bear, eagles, 2 whales, a sea otter and more. It's important to realize this is not a cruise boat but a working supply vessel which takes passengers along. Bring binoculars and warm clothing. Food onboard available for purchase at reasonable prices and great quality.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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haggar5050 wrote a review Sep. 6
Victoria81 contributions18 helpful votes
From the warm greeting at 6:45 am on September 2nd to the sad disembarkation early in the evening on September 3rd, our journey to Kyuquot and return was filled with amazing sights and tasty adventures. Numerous whale and otter sightings. The captain provided “whale Alerts” and a history lesson for the many points of interest we passed. There were at least a dozen stops along the way, dropping off essential supplies at logging camps and fish farms. The Kayak loading with the paddler still in the Kayak is fun to watch. The cook (She should be called a Chef) in her 4’X8’ galley is where the magic continued, Full breakfasts, a multi course dinner, the tempting smell of fresh baked blueberry muffins and warm chocolate chip cookies, were enough to forget about dieting for a couple of days.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Noel wrote a review Aug. 2021
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
This was my 4th time over 20 years on the UChuck III, the 1st time for my friend. Hard to believe how many years this ship has been around, working out of Gold River, servicing the fish farms, remote fishing resorts, people living off grid. Being onboard as it worked its weekly route, offloading supplies, loading empty propane tanks, etc, for return to her base was fascinating. Great accommodations for those of us on the Nootka Sound day cruise, good wholesome fare from her minuscule galley. I highly recommend adding this one to your bucket list. I can’t wait until I can set up my 5th, maybe an overnight cruise next time!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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B T wrote a review Aug. 2021
Ladysmith, Canada6 contributions7 helpful votes
Amazing day trip on the MV Uchuck III - terrific scenery, friendly and polite crew, delicious fresh muffins for coffee and corn chowder for lunch. Very interesting to see the industries and fishing resorts along the way. A definite recommendation!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Dan B wrote a review Aug. 2021
Nanaimo, Canada39 contributions19 helpful votes
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What a fabulous trip up to the western inlets and Nootka Sound. The Uchuck is a 1942 built converted minesweeper that is very smooth in the water. The skipper is outstanding in his ability to maneuver the ship into various logging camps and fish farms. The crew is professional, engaging and very knowledgeable. Three of us took the overnight trip to Kyuquot and thoroughly enjoyed the voyage, the accommodations in Kyuquot, and the food. The trip entailed visiting fish farms and logging camps to launching kayakers and picking up hikers from the Nootka Island Trail. There were even a few whale sightings. Would highly recommend this. Huge shout out to Spencer, Dave, Frank and Cullen (?).
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Date of experience: August 2021
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