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    Cafeteria on Spirit Class Ferry
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  • Vancouver to Victoria Ferry

    by deepak2496 Written Jul 24, 2008

    You are correct it will be rushed, but I have no choice.
    I have a question on the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria. What does cost to take the car and 2 passengers across? How early do we have to get to the dock?

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    Best alternative to the Ferry

    by SfumatoPants Written Jul 3, 2008

    I offer you a suggestion, one that solves your transportation problem, but also will give you an unforgetable experience. Take the sea plane from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver, or vice versa.

    http://www.harbour-air.com/

    You are already taking a ferry from Seattle to Victoria, so a second ferry trip won't offer anything new. If you calculate the costs and time involved for 4 people on the ferry versus a float plane, you should seriously consider it. The float plane terminal is right in downtown vancouver so depending on which hotel you are staying at you may be even be able to walk to it, or at the very least a short cab ride (ALMOST door to door service).

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    BC Ferries

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 4, 2008

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    If you want to have great views, BC Ferries is an excellent option to get to Vancouver. From Victoria it takes 1.5 hrs to get to Tsawwassen and then, one more hour to get to Downtown Vancouver. During the sailing you get to see wonderful views during a clear day.
    The ferry has a gift shop, food court, state rooms, video arcades, play areas, telephones, wheelchair decks, washrooms, and the most important... lots of travel brochures!!!

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    BC Ferries

    by lazyman_1 Written Apr 17, 2007

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    A great way to get around the Vancouver area is to ride by ferry. The cost is relatively cheap and you'll get a nice view of the waterways and inlets that dot the BC coastline. Some people chose to sit out on the deck, some chose to read whileother passengers just decided to take a quick nap.

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    BC Ferries

    by jasperdo Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    BC Ferries operates one of the most extensive fleet of ferries in North America. There are major sailings between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, as well as lesser known runs that the tourist might not be aware of. There are sailings to take you up the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, as well as numerous runs between the Gulf Islands, just off the coast from Vancouver Island.

    For a vacationer who is just visiting Vancouver, BC Ferries are of no use at all. None of the ferries actually go to Vancouver. The nearest Ferry Terminal is in Horseshoe Bay. A quick day trip to Victoria is quite involved: A 45 minute drive to Tsawwassen, an hour and a half ferry ride and another 45 minute drive into Victoria.
    (TIP: If you want to do a day trip to Victoria by Ferry, Pacific Coach Lines makes the trip from downtown to downtown daily in about 3 1/2 hours one way.)

    There are a number of day trips you can take from Vancouver if you want to experience BC Ferries. They all leave from the Horseshoe Bay Terminal. You can take Translink bus 250 to get there. The shortest run would be to Bowen Island. Bowen Island is a quaint, rural island just a short ride from Horseshoe Bay. A little longer trip would be to Langdale. The pretty town of Gibsons is a short bus ride from there. If you want to make a full day of it, take the ferry to Nanaimo. It's an hour and a half ride across the Strait of Georgia. Then it's a short bus ride to the center of town. If you're there in the summer, take the little passenger ferry over to Newcastle Island Provincial Park. It's right in the harbor across from Downtown Nanaimo, and is a pleasant place to spend a summer's afternoon.

    Service to all these destinations are frequent, and the ferries themselves are quite nice. The best ships are the two Spirit Class ships that operate out of Tsawwassen. But the vessels they run to Langdale and Nanaimo are almost as nice.

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    BC Ferries

    by Blatherwick Updated Mar 31, 2006
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    To get to Victoria from the mainland is to take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, which is a 40 minute drive north of Victoria. Buses cost $20 from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria on Greyhound. Buses can also be arranged on the ferries themselves. The cost is $8 per person if you want to walk on and an extra $34 if you want to take your car.

    The prices are somewhat similar to Nanaimo or Gibsons. Use the Horseshoe Bay terminal for those routes. The ferry to Nanaimo will take you to Duke Point. A good day trip would be to take the ferry to Bowen Island where you can spend a day kayaking or cycling.

    The ships are decent sized and there are two places to eat on them. The one is a cafeteria style place while the other, known as the Pacific Buffet, has slightly better food (although at $15).There are also video games and a play area for the kids. A real highlight can happen if you catch a glimpse of a killer whale while transiting the waters.

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    Walk on the Ferry

    by johno6 Written Aug 5, 2005

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    If your going to Victoria plan on parking the car at the terminal and taking the bus once on the island. The terminal is about 45 min from Victoria and is about 20 dollars round trip and the ferry is about the same if you walk on. You can by the bus fare on the ship once you leave the port. If you decide to drive you pay fifty dollars on way for the car and the walk on fee as well.

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    Victoria-Vancouver Ferries

    by devmicha Updated May 29, 2005

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    I can only really comment on getting to anf from vancouver from Victoria. You COULD fly but why?? It is expensive for a little 15 minute flight.
    Rather take the ferry.
    The views from the ferries are just amazing and, if you are lucky, you may see a pod of whales.
    The prices are reasonable if you walk on or take the bus. I actually suggest walking on the ferry and then buying a bus ticket as soon as you get on the boat. The busses take ou downtown or to the airport.
    You can relax and collect yourself on the ferrie inide or on the deack.
    The superferries have so many restaurants that ypu could NEVER go hungry.
    the trip is about 1.5 hours long a,d walk on is about $10 cad.
    The prices have actually gone up quite alot recently and they have added big screen televisions in the louges. If you want peace and quiet you have to pay extra to go into another lounge.
    Also the prices for taking a car on the ferry have skyrocketed and we are seeing no hope of even a plateau in these costs. If you are travelling by car on a weekend or during the summer be prepared for some faily long waits.
    I have not been on the ferries in about 1 year but I will be taking a daytrip to vancouver soon and I will update the tip then!!!

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    Ferry from Horseshoe bay to Nanaimo

    by poortrekkers Written Feb 16, 2005

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    Leaving Vancouver Island--beautiful!

    Mark my words, plan on arriving at least 3 hours early for the ferry you intend to take. We were aiming for the 4PM ferry to Nanaimo, but got there at 3PM, and instead ended up on the 7PM ferry!

    It's a long boring wait.

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    Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria

    by SmileyLeSa Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    Relaxin' of the BC Ferry

    I would highly recommend taking the British Columbia Ferry Service. It is one of the nicest ferry services I have ever seen. It was an awesome ride. We had the chance to see the sunset over the ocean... simply beautiful. Make sure you have a jacket, it got quite cold.

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    BC Crappy Ferries

    by aqazi Written Sep 2, 2004
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    If you want to travel to or from Vancouver Island or up the sunshine coast then you have to rely on BC'c very own ferry company. The company has an aging fleet of vessels that crisscross the straits between 6am and 10pm with the major routes being between Tawassen and Swartz bay connecting VanC and Victoria and the corssing of Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay or Tawassen and Duke Point connecting Nanaimo to Vancouver. There are many other routes including a Comox to Powell River crossing. Food on board is rubbish and even though this is a heavily subsidised service prices are not cheap. figure on around $10 per person each way + $35 per car each way. You can make a reservation which costs an extra $15 per car only each way.

    Buses connect Tawassen and Horsehoe bay to VanC and you should allow around one hour for the journey. The journey between the mainland and Vancouver Island is 1hr 35 on the horseshoe bay route and a bit longer on the Tawassen route.

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    Aboard BC Ferries...

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 31, 2004
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    If you're driving a vehicle onto a BC ferry, it is important for you to get to the terminal as early as possible. I would say about 30 minutes before departure your car should already be in line ready to board the ferry. The ferries are pretty big and can hold a lot of vehicles, but still just to be on the safe side, arrive early. On the ferries you will find restaurants, coffee shop, gift store, etc. so it is a pretty convenient and comfortable ride. The views from the ferries are excellent too.

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    Convenient ferries to Vancouver Island

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 31, 2004

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    Aboard BC Ferries

    You can catch a BC ferry for a trip of less than two hours to Vancouver Island. There are two terminals near Vancouver. One is at Horseshoe Bay and the other is at Tsawwassen. From Horseshoe Bay, the BC ferry will take you to Nanaimo (Departure Bay) on Vancouver Island. From Tsawwassen, the BC ferry will also take you to Nanaimo (Duke Point) as well as Swartz Bay which will put you close to Victoria. Vehicles are allowed on these BC ferries. The cost for a vehicle and driver is $44-$46 depending on the day of the week, and $10.25 per passenger. The ferries run once every hour or two hours depending on the day of the week. Check their web site for detailed schedule and fare information.

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    Ferries

    by chris_i79 Written Jul 26, 2004

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    If you wanna explore Vancouver Island or some of the smaller islands around Vancouver then head to Horseshoe Bay on the North shore.

    To take you car to Vancouver Island it costs approximately $50 plus $8 per person.

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    Ferries

    by beccabug Written Jun 17, 2004

    BC Ferries offer car passenger and walk-on service to the many islands scattered along the coast. The ferries are catered. Most have 1 -2 restaurants on board. There's plenty of areas to sit, as they prefer you don't stay in your car if you have one. one thing to note that on long weekends if you are taking your car on the ferry it's a good idea to book in advance. There can be long line-ups at the terminals!

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