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Want a full day trip on a working cargo boat? At reasonable cost? Then this is the trip for you... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
LincolnshireWestie
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Billinghay, United Kingdom
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Uchuck III Nootka Sound for a memorable day

We so enjoyed our day trip aboard the Uchuck III vessel. Left the dock near Gold River on a Sat... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
bagwan
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed December 19, 2015

I took my mother on the Nootka sound day trip. It was amazing, we had beautiful warm weather for most of the trip, on the way back it started to rain but that was okay. The best part was at Friendly cove where you are allowed off the boat for awhile (an hour and half I think). Because a friend of mine had been on the trip before I knew after getting off the boat to follow the trail up and over a hill where you can do a self-guided tour of a old church. Then you must keep going and go a short, steep trail to what is called Pebble Beach which is on the open Pacific ocean. If you are lucky enough to visit when it is a warm day you should sit/lie down on the beach, the sun warms the pebbles and it is just a marvelous feeling with the waves crashing on beach it doesn't get any better than that. All of the crew members are very friendly and willing to answer any questions, they will also inform you if they see any wildlife. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. After leaving Friendly cove they have to go farther out into the inlet where the water is choppier but they will warn you of this. I get very seasick but I made sure I had my gravol and I wear acupressure seasickness bands on both my wrists. I recommend you get some of these if you get seasick, they can be found at most pharmacies.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

It is such a fabulous tour. Brings about profound appreciation for our wonderful country and world. A wonderful time well spent, if you love the ocean.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank EpiClesis108
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

We were pretty excited about going on the Uchuck III one day cruise from Gold River! We all hoped for good weather as this time of year rain and fog can be a hindrance. It rained in Parksville for three days before we left and was cloudy and foggy. However we all decided to accept what weather was given. We got to Campbell River and the sun came out. .
Apparently the west coast area where we were headed had 2 weeks of torrential downpours. So much rain made for beautiful waterfalls along the highway from Golf River to the Uchuck dock! We got to the boat dock at 8:30 a.m. for our 9 o'clock departure and the dock was crowded with people in army camouflage fatigues! What was going on was a combination exercise of Canadian and Australian Rangers (reservists) going to Friendly Cove for 3 days! About 25 got on board the Uchuck along with us. Many more were taken to their destination by barge. Five native ladies and one native man came aboard bringing bowls and containers of what turned out to be food. So not only did we have a beautiful day of seeing: numerous whale sightings; seals; sea otters; stopping at four fish farms to deliver supplies; a logging camp; we were invited to the mini pot latch the natives held for the reservists at lunch time. We enjoyed halibut, salmon, bannock, roast potatoes, a variety of fruit and raw vegetables. Absolutely unexpected and delightful. The reservists were given T-shirts by the natives and then drummed and sang off the Uchuck when we reached Friendly Cove. At a pot latch gifts are traditionally exchanged - the four of us were totally amazed at our invite and of course not knowing we had 'nothing' to give. I always carry a lovely little crystal with me and dug it out and gave it to the elder native woman as our 'gift'. OMG she accepted it as if it was the most precious of gifts. (I loved it!) So it turned out to be an extra special trip filled with happiness, good comradery, sunshine and Wonderful memories!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Callie L
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Reviewed October 16, 2015

We really enjoyed being on a working boat and watching the loading and unloading of supplies at logging camps, fish farms, etc. Informal and friendly crew. The highlights were: the overnight stay in Kyuquot, the visit to the museum in Zaballos, and meeting the First Nations carver, Sandford Williams, at Yuquot - and seeing rafts and rafts of sea otters. Also the fabulous scenery of the inlets and open coast. Fortunately the water on the open coast was calm for us! The breakfast, snacks, and lunches on the boat were excellent. Very good value for money. (The food service at the hotel in Zaballos was rather slow [though quality was good] but we understood they do not get many groups there.) Accommodation fairly rustic, but adequate.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed October 6, 2015

I recommend this place to anyone interested in the history of the area and it was a great day trip. The food was good on the Uchuck.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank sanchia m
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