BC Ferries Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
BC   Ferries Canada  - BC Ferry sailing through Active Pass
BC   Ferries Canada  - Georgina Point lighthouse
BC   Ferries Canada  - On board
BC   Ferries Canada  - Loading on the Vancouver Island side
BC   Ferries Canada  - Coffee and snack bar

BC Ferries Canada Vancouver Reviews

milltownmeadow milltown…
10 reviews
Nov 30, 2007
BC Ferries Travel between Mainland and Vancouver Island

If you are making a trip to Vancouver Island the chances are you will take BC ferries.

This is a very well run ferry service. In the tourist season, the ferries operate from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm; they run on the hour every hour. In the off season, they operate every 2 hours on the odd hour. Sometimes for special events, BC ferries will add a crossing. Nowadays it is well advised to prebook in the tourist season or at any holiday time or you could end up with a 1 to 2 ferry wait--it costs an extra 17 dollars. During peak traveling and holiday seasons, it is a good idea to board the odd-hour sailings--these vessels are called "Super Ferries" and are the larger, better equipped and more modern of the fleet. If you are a walk on passenger, there will never be a problem and you need to be there about 20 minutes before the sailing. An adult walkon fare is $11 dollars. There are also Pacific Coach Lines buses which will take you from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria--the cost is $37.50 one way. If you are a walk on and you need to take the bus from the ferry to downtown, tickets can be bought on the ferry during the first 20 minutes of sailing.

The ferry crossing lasts 1 hour 35 mins and it is a beautiful crossing-- if you are lucky, you might see the killer whales as well as seals, bald eagles and an array of other birds.

The ferries are very well serviced with the Pacific Buffet which I think is a little expensive at approximately $20 per person--other choices are a cafe and a coffee snack counter. For me, the best bet is the Seawest Lounge on Deck 5. There is a $10 dollar fee but this includes drinks, snacks and a newspaper in a quite place to work or relax.

There is also a large play area for the children plus a video arcade and passenger gift shop.

All in all, I think this is one of the best ferry serices I have been on; and believe me, I've been on quite a few. BC ferries are clean, comfortable, fast and efficient.

Website www.bcferries.com www.pacificcoach.com

Toll-free 1-800-BC Ferry in British Columbia only or 250 386 3431

Pacific coach Toll-free 1-800 661-1725
BC Ferry sailing through Active Pa…
Loading on the Vancouver Island si…
Coffee and snack bar
Georgina Point lighthouse
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concentriq says:
Thanks for posting this. I was just considering if I should pre-reserve or not. I know now!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
paul_gr says:
Very interesting. Thanks for posting this! I've heard about the ferry run but never knew how it operated.
Posted on: Dec 03, 2007
travelman727 says:
Great review! What a way to enjoy a day - Vancouver Island and a world-class ferry ride :-D
Posted on: Dec 03, 2007
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