We are heartened to hear the news that Lady Rose Marine Services is adding a second vessel to its fleet, and can hardly wait to see what owner Mike Surrell does to expand his tourism operation.
We hope that between the second vessel and new dock that Surrell will start building soon, and the Thunderbird building that the Uchucklesaht First Nation is building across from the train station, the multi-million-dollar investment signals big things for the Harbour Quay area.
While Surrell has been coy about whether he will make use of the vehicle portion of the MV Tenaka car ferry that he just purchased from BC Ferries, we think the idea portends good fortune for the coastal communities that Lady Rose Marine already services.
We envision how a car ferry—or even increased freight passage—will be a benefit to the Huu-ay-aht First Nation as they begin to rebuild the communities of Bamfield and Anacla.
And we hope that other forward-thinkers in the Alberni Valley will take Surrell’s lead and help grow our community.