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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 1, 2017

Believe all the reviews. We did the 2 day trip and it was a once in a life experience. We had beautiful weather which included rain on the second day. The rain clouds made the scenery look magical. We saw whales, sea otters, bears, eagles, helicopter logging, fish farms, and more. The setting is beyond description. The food on board was excellent and inexpensive. The crew were exceptional. Our accommodation was lovely.
Wear layers of clothes and bring a hat and gloves.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Jovan_10
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

We did the two day cruise to Kyuquot and return in mid August and had a great two days of cruising .The weather on both days was very good and we watch the crew load and unload goods to the log camps and fish farms and ever saw the loading and unloading of the paddlers .
The over night stay in the guest house was very good but the walk to dinner and the dinner was a problem. From the guest house to the Restaurant was a 1 km walk along a very narrow path. the first 300 metres were fine but the track just got so narrow for the last section.Then coming back it started to rain and get dark so was a problem for the older people. Then the food .Well we now know what it is like to sit with vultures because it was a case of first in or miss out. and to get a glass of water was the big problem.. I sat with the empty jug over my head for 10 minutes waiting for some service.. Could not wait to get back on the boat for breakfast the next morning
.so we could have some food.
Over the 2 days we saw no wild life until the boat docked back at Gold River and as we walked off there was a Black Bear going through the rubbish on the dock.
All in all it was a very good trip except for the dinner...The food on the boat and the lady who served it was very good.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Westralian
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

The all day "cruise" in Nootka sound on the UChuckIII was the highlight of our trip to Vancouver Island. This is a working boat, in addition to awesome scenery, sea life all over the place (seals, sea lions, otters, bears and a special unexpected treat 3 humpback whales!) we got to watch offloading fish food at a fish farm, a diesel engine at a logging camp and picking up trash bags at a fishing camp. The Captain and crew were very friendly and fun,joking with the fish and logging workers, telling use all about the work they were doing, the history of the area (Capt Cook laid up in Nootka sound! Did not know that!), and pointing out the wildlife so we would not miss it. The other tourists were fun too, some canadiens and some from Europe, especially the Netherlands, Great conversations about all kinds of subjects. We were very lucky to have sunny and beautiful weather.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank elisabethsohlberg
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Reviewed September 17, 2017

This adventure took us from Gold River up the coast to Kyuquit ( for an overnight ) .
The scenery is mind blowing , the on board food is superb , the crew were exceptional !
Watching the crew handle all the goods that were to be on or off loaded was a treat in itself . Even at their busiest times , they had time to keep us informed about what was going on and were more than happy to answer all our questions . The crew.. from the deck hand , to the first mate , to the captain ...it was a treat to sail with you .
I would highly recommend this 2 day cruise ... What a special way to the West Coast of Vancouver Island !!!!!!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Larry E
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Reviewed August 14, 2017

We arrived to board as a tour bus of 50 people was arriving to get on the boat. I'd didn't realize they took 100 passengers. As soon as we got going (12 knots), the wind chased almost everyone downstairs and it was a nice, quiet cruise. Smoke from BC wildfires made it hazy, but we saw harbor seals, sea lions, fish farms and fishing lodges along the way. Once we got to Friendly Cove on Nootka Island and everyone disembarked we hardly saw six people the whole time we were on the island. The far end of the beach is spectacular! There was an otter eating crabs in the cove and the fireweed was in bloom. We picked up a couple of kayaker stir the trip back and got to watch them load. Dress appropriately for being in the wind on the cold water and you'll have a great time.

Date of experience: August 2017
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