We sailed past lush, green mountains that soar upwards to the sky. We passed this sailboat just cruising by. We cruised through some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. On board, if you get hungry, you can go to the cafeteria or snack bar.
Monday morning, June 2, Hans and I set out toTsawwassen to catch the B.C.FERRIES to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. We got in our assigned lane and waited for the signal to drive on board. After parking the car, we made our way up the stairs and settled in for one of the most enjoyable boat rides ever.
FALSE CREEK FERRIES---VANCOUVER
Bathtub-shaped passenger boats that run regular routes between Granville Island, the Aquatic Centre in the West End, Stamps Landing, Yale town, Maritime Museum and Science World.
Fares:$2.00 - $5.00
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
Transportation links have always played a key role in the development of this area. During the Gold Rush a small paddle wheeler, the SS Forty-Nine, had made several trips between Marcus, Washington and the mining town of LaPorte, 40 miles north of Revelstoke. Those ships remained an important link between Revelstoke and the outside world well into the 20th century. But they were eventually superceded by the Canada Pacific Railway and later the Trans-Canada Highway,completed in 1960.
ECONOMICAL CAR RENTAL
Hans and I picked up our red Sunfire at the Calgary Airport. We rented a compact car from Enterprise for 16 days. Our rate was 126.00 per week with unlimited mileage. But in the small print it states that if you take the car out of Alberta you are limited to 3500 kilometres which is quite generous and we just made it at 3321 kilometres. Our bill came to 354.66, not bad for 16 days and it was great on gas.
Driving all over the place
British Columbia is a vast and wondrous place. Unfortunately, being so vast, it is difficult to ensure that public transportation be made available to every location. While there is bus service to most major hubs, and a considerable number of minor ones, BCs population is just too spread out to send the Greyhound everywhere.
For those of you who forsake vehicles for travel by thumb, you will do very well to keep to the main routes. Travel to some of the more remote regions may be a little challenging.
If you want to truly explore BC, get yourself some sort of vehicle: car, truck, camper, motorcycle, scooter (summer only!). With a vehicle, you are less limited by the restrictions of Greyhound, Air Canada, and the BC Ferry service (which are all good services, I might add). You can get to those little places like the Queen Charlottes, Bella Coola, and charming little villages in the Kootenays. Another advantage is that you can stop whenever you feel the urge. Because the geography of BC is very spread out, if you are taking a bus, you often will miss some fantastic stops that you would be able to see with a car.
For all of you who take the road trip... Enjoy.Related to:
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Sun Princess: San Francisco to Vancouver
We took a short, but perfect, 3 day cruise from San Francisco to Victoria Island, landing in Vancouver on the final day. What a wonderful trip! I would gladly do this again.
Service was very good. Surprisingly, prices for drinks and additional items were low. Our room was made up two times a day, with chocolates on the pillow, even though we paid only paid $280 for the package. It rained, or rather misted, only half a day, and was sunny and not too cold the rest of the time. (cruised mid-May)
A few things could have been improved upon. There was horrid art for sale all over the ship and the broadway shows in the evening rather poor. But I wasn't really bothered, as I didn't sign up for the cruise to see these things anyway. Just being on the ocean watching the waves and scenery go by, made everything wonderful.
I plan on doing another cruise to mexico or the mediterranean in 2-3 years.Related to:
Tour the B.C. Coast in an unconvential way!
If you're looking for a different way to explore B.C.'s beautiful coast then you might want to check out MarineLink Tours.
You will cruise the inland waterways of coastal British Columbia onboard the MV Aurora Explorer, a 135 foot landing craft that transports a wide variety of heavy equipment and general freight throughout the Gulf of Georgia and the remote inlets of Johnstone-Queen Charlotte Straits.
The Aurora Explorer operates from a base near Campbell River.Related to:
The Alaska Highway
The Alaskan Highway travels through British Columbia. It's a huge province, and very beautiful portion of the Pacific Northwest. I saw a lot of animal life in British Columbia while driving the Alaska Highway and the Cassiar Highway.Related to:
- Road Trip
The Gulf Islands
Just getting from Vancouver to Victoria by ferry is an adventure. It would be worth the ferry fee even if they didn't tote your car from the mainland to Vancouver Island. The ferry slips between the beautiful Gulf Islands on the hour or so journey. If the weather is nice, the best place to be is on the deck for 360 degree views.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5)
Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5), a four-lane superhighway opened in 1987 that has lopped hours off the time it takes to get across British Columbia.
There's only a single exit, at the supremely missable town of Merritt, and literally no services for the entire 182km from Kamloops to Hope, where the Coquihalla joins the Trans-Canada for the home stretch into Vancouver. Come stocked up with fuel and food, and be prepared to pay a toll at the top of the pass.
BC Transit is the provincial Crown corporation charged with providing public transportation throughout the province outside of Greater Vancouver.
Three types of service are provided. In conventional transit, buses operate on fixed-routes, and fixed-schedules. Door-to-door, demand-responsive custom transit or "handyDART" services carry registered persons who are unable to access the conventional transit system because of a disability. Paratransit carries both conventional and custom transit passengers in small towns and rural areas.
Take the ferry to Graham Island
After flying to Sandspit, QCI, in May 1987, I had to get to the north island - Graham Island. We did this via a ferry.
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Try the train (http://www.viarail.ca) and ferry (http://www.bcferries.bc.ca). The're are relaxing during an active vacation.
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