The MV Lady Rose, built in Scotland and launched in 1937, was the first single propeller diesel vessel ever to traverse the Atlantic under her own power. Nowadays she is no longer in service and has had her route taken over by the MV Frances Barkley who ferries passengers and supplies for day cruises along the inlet from Port Alberni to Bamfield and Ucluelet. Passengers can see the Broken Group islands and stop in at Ucluelet, Bamfield and many other coves and bays. Black bears and bald eagles are often sighted along the shore, as well as a variety of marine life. The vessel is a vital means of communication and transportation for isolated communities along the Alberni Inlet. Lady Rose Marine Services also own and operate the Sechart Lodge which is located just off the boundary of the Broken Group Islands. The lodge is a coverted office building that was barged out to the area several years ago. A very comfortable setting with lovely rooms. Book a stay at Sechart and enjoy the included meals too! Home cooked creations that all guests rave about. The lodge also offers Kayak and Canoe rentals for those wishing to do some day trips from the area or those planning longer excursions through the Broken Group where camping is permitted. As a side note the Frances Barkley sails to Bamfield year round and to Ucluelet - June through August, and to Sechart Lodge June through August including a special Sunday route in July/August only. Bamfield is typically scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The MV Frances Barkley was named after the wife of Captain Charles William Barkley. Here is an interesting tidbit about her pulled from Wikipedia:
"Frances Barkley was the wife of Captain Charles William Barkley who traveled with him. She is considered to be the first European woman to have ever visited Canada's west coast. Frances was the first woman to sail around the world without deception. Only two women are known to have sailed around the world before Frances. Jeanne Bare, disguised as a man, and Rose de Freycinet, wife of Louis de Freycinet, as a stowaway."
PLEASE NOTE THAT CAMPING FEES MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE AND ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN PORT ALBERNI - VISITOR CENTER.