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2 Days in Port

Being that we are Islanders, we take every opportunity to be out on the water. We even considered buying a runabout until a forensic audit on our dwindling disposable income indicated that this would be a terrible idea and one that would surely compromise our ability to get the essentials, like food. So what to do? That’s when Cletus mentioned the Frances Barkley. I wondered who this Frances Barkley was and what kind of boat she owns?

Off we went to Port Alberni arriving at Lady Rose Marine Services which operates the MV Frances Barkley. This small coastal freighter delivers goods to communities along Alberni Inlet. During our excursion we stopped at Cooper Island, Kildonan (Canada’s only floating Post Office), an oyster farm, Bamfield West and Bamfield East before making it back to



Port. We couldn’t help but notice that at each stop a dog would be patiently waiting in anticipation of  the crew who tossed them dog treats for their tail wagging enjoyment.

After this fantastic day on the water we arrived back in Port Alberni at 5:00 deciding to have a meal at the Starboard Grill on Argyle Street at the Quay. We ordered beverages and appetizers and sat on the patio watching the world go by.

It was getting late so we booked into the Best Western Barclay for the night. The next morning we headed for the Swale Rock Café for breakfast and what a treat it was. Homemade bread and preserves were a tremendous compliment to my perfectly cooked poached eggs. Cletus mentioned that since we had a full day ahead of us we should visit the Mclean Mill.



There is a steam train that winds its way from the 1912 CPR Station to the mill making a stop at the Chase & Warren Estate Winery but we decided to drive to the Mill instead. What an interesting experience. As the only steam operated sawmill in Canada, Mclean Mill creates a wonderful walk through history and is a highly recommended destination.

All too soon we made our way back home with fond memories of our 2 days in Port.