Cruise for cancer aboard the Frances Barkley

Fifteen dollars from each adult paid fare will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society and The Lady Rose Marine Services of Port Alberni have joined forces in the battle against cancer.

During the month of March, participants will be able to travel aboard the MV Frances Barkley down the scenic Alberni Inlet from Port Alberni to Bamfield approximately 80 kilometres. Fifteen dollars from each adult paid fare will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Cost of return fare is $50 for adults and half price for children under 15. These scheduled return trips will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Bamfield only. The ship will depart at 8 a.m. and return to the dock at 4 p.m., with a one-hour layover in Bamfield for participants to stroll the boardwalk and visit the General Store. The restaurant onboard the Frances Barkley will be open for breakfast and lunch.

Travellers can expect several stops along they way as the service provides freight drop offs to many locations along the route. Wildlife, such as bears, eagles, seals and whales are also a common sight.

Travellers are reminded to dress warmly, however, March weather can be very mild during the day. Washroom facilities are available on board the vessel. Regrettably the vessel is not suited for individuals who are physically challenged.

So try something different and memorable this spring. Bundle up and take a friend or family aboard the Frances Barkley this March. Enjoy the view aboard one of the most historic commercial routes of the B.C. coast, and at the same time contribute to the fight against cancer. As an added feature this year, on the last Saturday of the month which is March 30, Mike Surrell owner of the Lady Rose Marine Services has offered a free return trip to Bamfield to all those who are presently battling cancer or are a cancer survivor. The caregiver or family members will be able to travel for half price. Reservations are required for the March 30. sailing only. All other sailings just show up and enjoy the day.

For reservations phone 250-723-8313, or email at A directional map is also available on the web site at