Inside Passage Travel Blog› entry 9 of 34 › view all entries
At four oâ€™clock someone knocks at the door of our RV. We are in the car park of BC Ferries just outside Port Hardy, standing in line to board the ferry for the Inside Passage. Last March â€˜the Queen of the Northâ€™ sank so they had to find an alternative. We will travel with â€˜the Queen of Prince Rupertâ€™. This one is slower and smaller so weâ€™re supposed to leave at 6 in the morning. Thatâ€™s the reason we did not look for a campground yesterday and just slept in the car park. The Inside Passage is a stunning route which starts at Port Hardy. The first stretch is on open water between Vancouver Island and Rivers Inlet, where the Central Coast archipelago begins. The route north to Prince Rupert leads through a narrow maze of channels, passes, and reaches. We get some complimentary blankets from BC Ferries which will come in handy the rest of our traveling in Canada because the nights are cold and the sleeping bags we rented could be warmer. The weather could be better but even though itâ€™s a bit foggy and raining sometimes the views over the coastal areas are great. We go on deck quite a few times hoping to see a bear, a whale or a sea eagle (no such luck, even though the captain announces a few whales over the speaker we didnâ€™t spot them). We pass the hours on board with reading and talking to other travelers. Finally, past midnight we get to Prince Rupert.