Cruise for cancer in Alberni

Take a ride down the Alberni Inlet for a good cause.

  • Feb. 24, 2011 7:00 a.m.
Sail with the MV Frances Barkley in March and help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Sail with the MV Frances Barkley in March and help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Lady Rose Marine Services has teamed up with the Canadian Cancer Society again this year to offer a cruise for cancer.

During the month of March, participants will be able to travel aboard the MV Frances Barkley down the scenic Alberni Inlet to Bamfield and raise money for the cancer society at the same time.

Twenty dollars from each adult fare will be donated to the cancer society for all rides taken in March. Cost of return fare is $70 for adults and half-price for children under 15.

Scheduled return trips from Port Alberni to Bamfield are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaving Harbour Quay at 8 a.m. and returning to the dock at 4 p.m. The trip includes a one-hour layover in Bamfield—enough time for passengers to stroll the boardwalk and visit the general store before returning to Port Alberni.

The restaurant on board the Frances Barkley will be open for breakfast and lunch.

Travellers can also expect several stops along the way as the service provides freight drop-offs to many locations along the route.

Wildlife such as bears, eagles, seals and whales are a common sight for passengers.

Travellers are reminded to dress warmly for the trip.

A special trip on Saturday, March 26 has been organized for those under 18 who are presently battling cancer or are a cancer survivor. On that day, cancer patients and survivors will be offered a free return trip; parents or guardians will be able to travel for half price.

Reservations are required for the special trip. Please call 250-723-8313 or e-mail ladyrosemarine@telus.net.

More info is available online at www.ladyrosemarine.com.