To a Whole New World (Bamfield BC)

The first time I took my grandson, then 4 years old,  on the Frances Barkley freighter, to travel down the inlet from Port Alberni to Bamfield, he excitedly exclaimed that we were setting sailing to “a whole new world!” I might be a little biased but I think he’s extremely astute and clairvoyant. Bamfield is indeed a whole new world; a small, picturesque fishing village on the westcoast where time has virtually stood still. For $70.00 return (per adult – children  7 and under are free)  you can ride aboard a working freighter for the day, stopping at places unreachable via car, to deliver mail, groceries and building supplies. There’s an onboard galley with affordable prices, that serves breakfast and lunch. Three times a week the freighter travels to Bamfield and the remaining days the route takes them to Ucluelet.

I took the journey last week to drop off my son, who…

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