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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.
Gold River, British Columbia, Canada

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2022

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Jo N
B.C.24 contributions
Sep. 2022
We were blessed with an amazing experience as well as a kind informative Crew aboard MV Uchuk 111. Laura’s cooking was amazing/plentiful and the best chocolate chip cookies we ever had! We saw a rolly polly black bear foraging on the beach, a Whale, playful Otters, Eagles and Magnificent scenery. We stayed in Kuyuquot over night with a First Nation perspective on Coastal Life, as well as a fun group from the Ship, dining together in a converted School House at two tables, family style dinner and breakfast onboard in the morning. The various stops at fish farms and logging camps were fascinating as we watched the crew unload fish food and supplies. We recommend this excursion and look forward to joining the crew one day soon. Thank you for this delightful experience.
Written October 3, 2022
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dmaccallum63
London, UK568 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
What a fabulous experience. From the warm welcome at the wharf to the great food provide onboard to the informative crew , this is a must do trip.
Watching the crew supply and refurbish local salmon and fishing lodges as well as supporting solo kayakers is an interesting and fascinating experience.
Add to that the chance to visit Nootka sound with Friendly- and Resolution-bays as highlights (Captain Cook landed here 224 years ago)
On our trip we saw sea lions , bald eagles and whales so a wildlife tour too.
It’s amazing and will live long in our memories
Thank you so much
Written September 29, 2022
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John C
Vancouver Island, Canada456 contributions
Sep. 2022
Wonderful and unique trip from Gold River to Kyuquot abord the MV Uchuck III.
Departing the Gold River wharf in the morning darkness as the crew loaded the last of the cargo, our journey began.
Wonderful crew of 5, with our captain, Spencer at the helm.
Cruising past islands and through magical inlets, wildlife abounds - humpback whales, orcas, bears, sea lions, sea otters and eagles.
Great food is available onboard to purchase and there is always hot coffee.
Stops at fish farms and logging camps offer a glimpse of coastal life.
We arrived in the special first nations outpost, Kyuquot, before dinner, which was served in the only lodge/restaurant - served family style - all at the same table.
Local staff are very friendly.
Kyuquot also offers a look back to first nations coastal life.
Such a magical trip that we would do it again, this time taking some friends.
Written September 27, 2022
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Nick M
South Devon, UK17 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Fabulous day onboard. Great crew and superb cook, the chilli was brilliant. Lucky to see a black bear cub and mother. Thoroughly recommend this trip on such a venerable old ship with such friendly passengers.
Written September 14, 2022
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JimG
Victoria, Canada4 contributions
Sep. 2022
It is a fabulous way to experience some of Vancouver Island's west coast.

The scenery, abundant wildlife and weather were all remarkable on our trip.

It is also a great way to see first-hand the significant economic activity the area generates through the fish farms, logging operations, kayaking support, and sport fishing lodges.

To see the positive and cooperative interaction between First Nations and non First Nations at Kyuquot was inspiring.

Julie who looked after booking the trip was professional, personable and knowledgeable. The Uchuck III is a wonderful old boat full of history and colour. Captain Spencer and the rest if the Crew were all first-class.
Written September 13, 2022
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jhsheep
Cowichan Valley, B.C.282 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
World-class scenery throughout the trip. Always entertaining - birds, whales, porpoises, sea otters, getting to watch a working ship off-loading (and picking up) cargo in tiny outposts along the coast. We went on the two-day, over-night in Kyuquot, trip which was simply a wonderful outing. Now, the weather on both of our days (end of first week in September) was clear and sunny with a bit of a breeze on the first day which generated a bit of a swell when the ship was travelling briefly (<2hrs) along the outer shore, not protected by any islands. People with typically weak stomachs were all reportedly fine. The overnight accommodation was super-clean, friendly, (we had private washroom facilities), cozy, comfortable in Kyuquot and the meal was unbelievably good. Provisions arrive only a couple of times a week on the ship you just sailed on - hats off to the cook and the wait staff. Everything was plentiful and very tasty. The crew on the Uchuck were very accommodating and knowledgeable and would answer seemingly any question about the ship, the coast, the communities, the local history … safe operation of the ship permitting. A really fascinating, up-close view of the working coast. The ship has inside and outside seating, basic hot food offerings, roomy and clean washrooms. Office staff were clear, communications about cancellations and recommended Gold River accommodation and restaurants were helpful and insightful. Can’t recommend this highly enough. Not for people with significant mobility limitations, I would think.
Written September 11, 2022
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Cosmopolitan178946
3 contributions
Sep. 2022
ALL OF IT! Amazing experience. The Crew was extremely friendly and the most surprising was how fresh and good the food was on board of this small vessel with a tiny galley. 100% recommend it!!!
Written September 5, 2022
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TeachersTravel
Comox, Canada151 contributions
Sep. 2022
We are two senior ladies who live 2 hours from Gold River. We took the one day trip to Friendly Cove. We had read previous reviews so we knew to prepare for rain, make a lunch and bring camera, binoculars and sense of wonder. We met fascinating travellers on the ship, both on our way out and on the return. There were day trippers like ourselves, but lots of experienced hikers...those who hike for a week or more at a time, in the back country....and who are willing to share their tales. We lunched at Friendly Cove then walked the trail that parallels the beach. It meanders about 2 kilometers past Aboriginal cemeteries, vacant cabins, a lake and ends in tidal pools. You are advised to make use of your time here, as there is much of interest at this site...the church, the carver, the beach, the trail and the tidal pools. Respect the area that the Nuu-chah-nulth people are sharing.
Written September 5, 2022
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Robert J
Vancouver Island, Canada162 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Amazing day trip to one of the most historically and culturally important locations on the west coast. Bring a lunch for the beach, binoculars, and a camera. Packable rain gear for west coast weather is a must. The carvings in the church are beyond beautiful.
Written September 4, 2022
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cillawallis
Bellingham, WA3 contributions
Aug. 2022
Wonderful 2 day adventure on the UChuck III. Crew and cook friendly and helpful. Perfect weather and we enjoyed all the stops as they were varied and interesting.
The land accommodations were not very nice, dirty sheets and room. But overall the boat trip was just an education about remote living.
Written August 29, 2022
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