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    Ask for a tour on the ship

    by jojes Written Feb 21, 2016

    When you're taking the cruise on the Inside Passage, make sure to ask for a tour.
    They don't advertise this on the website, but we were told by a colleague of my husband that it was possible.
    Shortly after departure, make sure to go to the purser's office and ask if they will be doing tours that day.
    Given that the weather is good and they have time to spare, they will arrange a tour free of charge.
    They don't give you a specific time upfront, but they call out your name through the ship's speakers and tell you to report to the purser.

    The tour takes you to the ship's bridge, where you can talk to the captain and the rest of the staff. You'll get to see all the technical stuff they nowadays use to navigate.
    But best of all is the view ... you have an unobstructed view of what's there to see in front of the ship!

    Of course the purser will ask you how you know about it ... Well, just say "I've been told by someone who did this tour ...".

    Address: on the ships of the Inside Passage

    Directions: Ask at the purser's office

    Captain navigating the Inside Passage Looking down when docking The bridge of the MS Northern Expedition Navigating the Inside Passage Unobstructed views
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    Ucluelet

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    After our overnight stay in the capital of Vancouver Island Victoria, we drove the next morning to Ucluelet is about 288 kilometers (179 miles) northwest of the British Columbia provincial capital, Victoria, on the magnificent outer West Coast of Vancouver Island

    From Ucluelet you’ll have easy access to some of British Columbia’s most spectacular areas, the areas are known for his fishing village and offers extraordinary opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreational activities

    Located beside Long Beach in BC’s Pacific Rim National Park, people come to Ucluelet for surfing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, diving, camping, whale and bear watching, beachcombing and storm watching with its unique shoreline trails and ocean vistas, the West Coast Trail to the south is renowned for hiking

    Address: Uncluelet

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    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Florencia Bay

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    After checking out our B&B in Ucluelet we headed to Tofino, but before that, we pass a national park. If you travel north from Ucluelet toward Tofino, you will soon enter the Pacific Rim National Park. The first beach you come to is at Florencia Bay and it is 6.4 km long, miles of beautiful white sand

    When is low tide excellent opportunities to explore the beach with lot's of rocky outcroppings. Florencia Bay is a favourite beach among Ucluelet locals in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

    It’s a short drive north of Ucluelet with access off of Wick Road on your way to Wickanninish Beach, a short walk from the parking brings you to a fantastic look out deck. Walk further through old growth rainforest and you’re descending down a staircase towards the beach

    Address: Tofino Ucluelet Hwy 4

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    • Beaches
    • Fishing

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    Wild Pacific Trail

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    We have to walk through a walking trail from where the lighthouse sits. The walking path is not so great, not plain. And I was so scared that we bump to a beer, this area is known for beer

    We keep following the pathway, but it is worth to get up there once you reach the top. It offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas

    Here you'll find black rocks were covers the area and below the sea. With some palm trees around it gives a unique views, we were here before sunset but it didn't turn out so nice on the photo we were standing on a wrong place I guess

    Address: Ucluelet

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    • Camping
    • Theme Park Trips

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    Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    After we took off from BC ferry just short drive from Sewarts bay as we were on our way to Saanich to do our shopping. Before heading North, on the way this nice marina it's called Sidney north Saanich yacht club. As we walk around and we've seen most people can leave their yacht for overnight moorage

    Lots of boaters live on the mainland but keep their boats in Saanich Marinas and walk to and from the ferry terminal two of the areas three fuel docks are located here, Petro Canada Fuel Services at Van Isle Marina and the Chevron at North Saanich Marina, Canada Customs is also located at the far end of the Van Isle fuel dock

    Address: 1949 Marina Way, Sidney

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    MacMillan Provincial Park

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    Located just past Cameron Lake on the south side of the highway, three trails are available for easy walks through old growth Douglas. First, that are 800 years old and have circumferences of up to 9 meters.

    These trails are short walks not hikes, winding through some of the biggest trees in Canada. Ten to twenty minute loop trails on either side of the highway lead visitors through the mighty forest stands

    The shortest big tree trail is a short walk and offers close up views of the magnificent trees viewing platforms and many photo opportunities the longest trail, the Riverside Trail, and the Living Forest Trail connect at points with the Cameron River on the north side of the highway, the Old Growth Trail offers two loops through ancient short branch trail that leads to Cameron Lake

    Address: Nanaimo F, BC

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    Duncan

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    As what they called Duncan a city of Totem there are many beautiful totem poles in downtown Duncan. About half way drove from Victoria we have a short stroll around it is very small city and is navigable on foot

    Walking is the only way to see the spectacular painted walls, some of them is to find behind the buildings so walk is best way. Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley is a 30 minute scenic drive from Victoria in the south

    The Provincial Courthouse and Government Offices is nice and round and beforehand a few totem pole stood , it was built where Duncan's Chinatown once stood many of the former.

    Chinatown buildings were moved south of town and are the nucleus today of Whippletree Junction. Beautiful building of City Hall in the corner of the street which is in red color

    Address: Highway 19

    There were many more One of the painted wall Provincial Courthouse and Government Offices City Hall
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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    The marina and the fishermen

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    After a few minutes of wandering we've seen fishing boats coming. The fishermen were back with fish.

    In the marina there were a space where they can clean their fish, I don't know what kind of fish they caught but they are huge

    From Tofino we have to go back all the same way, Tofino is at the end of the island the road stopped here, this is absolutely worth a place to visit while you are in island is quite far in bigger town but absolutely stunning place

    Address: Highway 4

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    • Fishing
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Municipal Hall

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    While wandering around after our walk from the harbour, it caught my eye this nice colourful building. As we came behind it I did not know that is a municipal hall until we saw the sign in front of it. The building looks new painted very nice surrounding the lawns were pretty nice with picnic tables

    Address: 200 Main Street Ucluelet

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    • Fishing
    • Kayaking

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    The Church

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    Wandering through the small town of Ucluelet we meet to this small church, the church need to repaint I think, I'm not sure if this is still in use for the local here

    In my opinion this church it doesn't fit in this town, I was saying perhaps they fear being cut down and religiously bent to human's purposes (this church is for sale, by the way we had several ideas of bending it to our own purposes, the palm trees on the uptown streets of Ucluelet seem strangely out of place

    Address: 1419 Peninsula Rd Ucluelet

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    • Fishing
    • Historical Travel

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    Big Beach

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    For me this is not a regular beach. During our visit, there were people sunbathing, kids playing in the sand, the rocks were very sharp the water is very wild. That's why its called wild pacific trail. Big Beach is a beautiful sandy bay that is protected by rugged headlands and surrounded by rainforest

    It seems this beach is a favourite in Ucluelet, it is right in town making it easily accessible for picnicking, evening campfires, and it is connected to the Wild Pacific Trail system. The area has all its natural beauty is responsible for many of the breathtaking coastal view experienced, a visit to this pretty little cove one can easily enjoyed, but this particular afternoon at Big Beach is one we we will remember

    Address: Marine Dr, Ucluelet

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping

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    Amphitrite Point Light Station

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    On the southern most tip of the Ucluth Peninsula sits the Amphitrite Point Light Station, there is not many space to park your car. From the car park is a very short walk to light station

    For those active in hike from the Lighthouse there is loop of trail for about (2.6 km) it can be done in 45 minutes

    This loop is a scenic walk, there are benches for viewpoint to watch whale, birds or catching the sunset, this scenic path traces the edge of the coastline past dramatic views of Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Lighthouse

    Address: Ucluelet

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    • Camping
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    Aquarium

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    The aquarium lies on the waterfront in unique location this is very small place and here is the first time I've ever heard, every three months all of the animals inside the aquarium are returned to the ocean and new species are collected.

    Visitors to the aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life and allow visitors to touch and hold the animals which was a great experience, by the end of your visit you'll agree the aquarium is unlike any other you've visited

    Address: Main Street Waterfront Promenade Ucluelet

    Website: http://www.uclueletaquarium.org/visitor-info/hours-tickets

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    • Fishing

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    Port Alberni

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

    Drove at highway 4 you'll pass Port Alberni. Worth to stop by, the most scenic views is at the harbour quay, Port Alberni is situated at the end of a long natural salt water channel called the Alberni Inlet.

    The only public access to the waterfront along the Port Alberni Inlet is at the Alberni harbour quay. Here, you will found at the foot of Argyle St. the Alberni Quay has a unique industrial marine atmosphere along the water nice to stroll around especially on Sunday there's a small market

    Address: Hwy 4

    Clock tower
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    Tofino Harbour

    by shavy Updated Sep 3, 2015

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    It took us almost an hour to get to Tofino which was normally a short drive, as we stopped a few times along the way, there were nice places to stop on the way.

    Tofino is a remote area which is one of our main purpose to get in Vancouver island. We were too early behind wheel and the weather still very cold

    Very early, nobody around yet even those fishermen probably still in the ocean catching fish. We wander around, is very peaceful and beautiful place.

    Fishing is main life here, most of the restaurants offer fish in the menu. No regret of driving so far, well worth driving early in the morning. Annoying is, you will have to drive back on the same road. There is only 1 road to Tofino

    Address: Highway 4

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Fishing
    • Family Travel

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