Ship/Boat, Victoria

42 Reviews

Know about this? Rate It!

hide
  • MV Coho nearing the end of another crossing
    MV Coho nearing the end of another...
    by mtncorg
  • MV Coho entering into the Vicortia Harbour
    MV Coho entering into the Vicortia...
    by mtncorg
  • MV Coho making its way past the Victoria Clipper
    MV Coho making its way past the Victoria...
    by mtncorg
  • spitball's Profile Photo

    Passenger Ferry to Port Angeles & Victoria

    by spitball Written Nov 2, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Port Angeles * Victoria
    1 more image

    For those of you who wish to travel to/from Port Angeles in Washington State. You can get the ferry here in Victoria. Check their website for any changes in their schedule.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    One way fares (U.S. Funds) Effective May 18, 2006. Passengers $11.00
    Children (5-11 years of age) $5.50 Children Under 5 FREE Vehicle & Driver 18 Feet and Under (overall measurement) $42.50 Over 18 Feet, $3.25 For each Lineal Foot or Fraction Thereof
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    BICYCLES (Note Canadian Law requires use of helmets) $5.00

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    MOTORCYCLE & DRIVER $23.00
    MOTORCYCLE SIDECAR OR TRAILER $12.00

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Tour Buses and Commercial Trucks - Please Call for Rates & Reservations

    CROSSING TIME - 90 MINUTES ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED

    Schedule and Fares subject to Change without Notice

    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Family Travel
    • School Holidays

    Was this review helpful?

  • penumbra's Profile Photo

    Harbor Ferry

    by penumbra Written Oct 31, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Inner Harbor Ferries

    Harbor Ferries run on a circuit around the Victoria inner harbor. There are twelve stops and the complete circuit takes about 45 minutes. Passage can be booked for the complete narrated tour or for individual hops. If you book the complete tour, you can get off at a stop and rejoin the journey later. Ferries arrive at stops every 15-20 minutes. The main stop is in front of the Empress Hotel.

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • worldkiwi's Profile Photo

    Fast Cat to Seattle...

    by worldkiwi Written Aug 18, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Victoria Clipper in Victoria's inner harbour.

    The Victoria Clipper provides the fastest surface transport between the US and Canada. I travelled to Seattle on this catamaran. I purchased my ticket from the ever helpful Victoria Information Centre on the waterfront in downtown Victoria for C$93.50 (one way) a day before my trip.
    The Victoria Clipper terminal is a short walk from the downtown waterfront area. You go through US immigration here, rather than at the other end in Seattle. I found that odd that I was still in Canada, but going through US protocols. You still have to go through US customs in Seattle.
    The Clipper takes about 3hrs and is very smooth sailing. You can get a meal on board and it is possible to go out on the aft deck, but the boat moves so quickly that it was cold and not very pleasant.

    Was this review helpful?

  • DJStarr's Profile Photo

    Harbor Ferry in Victoria

    by DJStarr Written Feb 25, 2005
    Victoria Harbor Ferry

    Loved these cute and convenient harbor ferries in the Victoria harbor. The seaport "water airport runway" goes right through the center of the harbor, so everyone scoots to the shore when lights flash and sea planes have the right of way. The ferry docked right near our campground, so a day pass took us to the city. Better yet, walk from West Bay around the shoreline on the scenic pedestrian path. (takes about 1/2 hr or more)

    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • rmdw's Profile Photo

    Coho Ferry

    by rmdw Written Dec 1, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Coho Ferry

    The M.V. Coho ferry, run by Black Ball Transport, has linked the communities of Victoria, BC and Port Angeles, WA for many years.

    The ferry is not huge but accepts foot passengers, cars, motorhomes, buses, and even transport trucks. Crossing time is approx. 95 minutes.

    The journey is an interesting one, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It's generally smooth unless the weather is not so great and then the boat will roll back & forth a bit.

    Historical Note: This is the boat that carried the terrorist who was going to blow up LAX. Thankfully he was arrested by the Port Angeles immigration agents.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • meteorologist1's Profile Photo

    Ferry Options to Washington State

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 7, 2004
    Washington State Ferries

    There are many options if you want to travel to Washington state, by ferry. The following are passenger-only ferries that do not allow vehicles on them: Victoria Clipper (departs from Victoria, BC and arrives in Seattle, WA), Victoria Express (departs from Victoria, BC and arrives in Port Angeles, WA; summer only), Victoria San Juan Cruises (departs from Victoria, BC and arrives in Bellingham, WA; summer only).

    The following ferries allow vehicles: Washington State Ferries (departs from Sidney, BC and arrives in Anacortes, WA); BC Ferries (many options; arrives in the Vancouver, BC area); Coho Ferry (departs from Victoria, BC and arrives in Port Angeles, WA).

    The prices and schedules are all very different, so check their web sites for more information.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Cruise
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • meteorologist1's Profile Photo

    Washington State Ferries

    by meteorologist1 Updated Sep 7, 2004
    Sidney, BC

    If you are planning to take your car straight to Washington state without going through mainland British Columbia, there is a service offered by Washington State Ferries that runs between Sidney, BC (just north of Victoria) and Anacortes, WA (90 miles north of Seattle). This service is pretty limited. It only runs twice daily during the summer and more limited during other seasons, so reservations are recommended. The ride takes about 3 hours. During the summer, the ferry departs Sidney at 11:20am (non-stop) and 6:00pm (1 stop). Remember to arrive at the ferry terminal early! Check their web site for more information.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Cruise
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • kalaika's Profile Photo

    Via Sea

    by kalaika Updated May 16, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cruising the islands

    Victoria is well-connected to mainland British Columbia and Washington State by vehicle and passenger ferries and high-speed catamarans. Each day, dozens of ferries cross the straits, granting breathtaking views of the rocky coastline, forested islands, inlets and often marine wildlife. Victoria's arrival points include the Inner Harbour, the Town of Sidney and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal (30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney).

    The most economical is the BC Ferry from Tsawassen (outside Vancouver) to Swartz Bay. It's under $10.00 for a walk on passenger during peak season and under $40.00 for car and driver.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Budget Travel
    • Whale Watching

    Was this review helpful?

  • suziezed's Profile Photo

    The Clipper from Seattle

    by suziezed Written May 13, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Victoria Clipper at dock

    I go to Seattle quite frequently and this is my transportation method of choice. Granted it isn't cheap but it's a very fast and enjoyable trip. They have special deals for Victoria residents though that won't help most travellers coming here of course.

    If you're coming from the Western states you might want to investigate this as an option for coming to Victoria. I've also met lots of people on the Clipper who have bought package deals online and are coming from places like Kansas and Wisconsin (flying into Seattle, spending a few days in Seattle and adding on a trip to Victoria).

    This can be a great way to 'get your feet wet' in Victoria and decide if you'd like to come back independently some other time.

    Be warned however that the trip can get extremely rough and unless you are a seasoned sailor take the anti-seasickness medicine they offer (25 cents a dose). I have seen many people whose whole trip has been ruined by nausea - and once you get out there on the trip it's too late to take the medicine.

    Also remember that Victoria is in Canada and you will need to go through Customs and Immigration. Please have proper identification - a passport is best.

    The Clipper also offers a variety of tours to the San Juan Islands and other Pacific Northwest destinations that you should check out if you're interested.

    Related to:
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • MDH's Profile Photo

    Vancouver to Victoria

    by MDH Updated Apr 18, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A large BC Ferry navigating through the water.

    As there's no bridges that connect Vancouver Island with the mainland, there's really only three ways to get to Victoria from the Canadian and American mainland: ferry, plane, or swim. Most people prefer the first two. BC Ferries serves Tsawassen (mainland BC) across the Georgia Strait to Swartz Bay (Vancouver Island) at least several times a day and are roughly only $10 CAN. These large ferries can carry hundreds of cars and passengers, and usually take only 90 minutes either way when the sea is calm. From Swartz Bay, it's a twenty minute drive into central Victoria.

    Ferries also operate from the Olympic Peninsula and San Juans down in Washington State. The Coho Ferry operates between Port Angeles to Victoria, also running daily. A more expensive ferry service serves Victoria and Seattle, but this isn't recommended, as it can cost over $120 per person! Victoria can also be reached by ferries from Anacortes, Washington.

    When you are on a ferry crossing the American-Canadian border, you will be asked to fill out the necessary forms required by the State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although you won't notice it because you're going through water, you are crossing international borders.

    Taking the ferry is a very scenic way to see the surrounding area. You'll pass through groups of small forest covered rocky islands, and spot isolated pockets of homes every now and then.

    Flying to Victoria from the mainland is relatively expensive and impractical. It's largely best to take the ferries no matter wherever you are.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    Eagles and Sea Lions

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 23, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Stellars Sea Lions

    On our first day on the Pacific coast of the Island, we turned south and spent a day in Ucluelet. Although the scenery is not as spectacular as Tofino, we enjoyed a slower boat ride along the coast where we saw Bald Eagles diving into the ocean to catch fish. There were also great views of Stellars Sea Lions as shown here.

    Was this review helpful?

  • RJ1967's Profile Photo

    CoHo Ferry

    by RJ1967 Updated Jan 18, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This ferry goes back and forth from Port Angeles, WA, to Victoria, BC. Automobiles can be transported for $32.50 USD (if under 18ft/5.5m) including driver. Additional charges for longer vehicles, trailers, etc. See web site for fees and schedules.
    For payment they only accept USD, CDN, or travelers cheques. No reservations accepted.

    Was this review helpful?

  • annk's Profile Photo

    Victoria Clipper from Seattle

    by annk Updated Jan 1, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Victoria Clipper is a quick, passenger only ferry from Seattle. Approximate travel time 2 1/2 hours. Holds 300 passengers and not really a sight-seeing boat. On the way over it was somewhat rough, people were eating, drinking and at the same time others were running past looking very green.

    There are many other ferries from Vancouver, Seattle, Bellingham, Port Towsend. Most are car ferries and are slower than the Victoria Clipper.

    Location of Victoria Clipper: Pier 69

    Was this review helpful?

  • sunnywong's Profile Photo

    Whale and Wildlife Watching craft

    by sunnywong Written Nov 5, 2002

    Vancouver Island are well known as the place to view migrating and resident whales in their natural surroundings, as well as providing a number of other wildlife-watching opportunities throughout the seasons.

    Was this review helpful?

  • -deja.Ismael's Profile Photo

    Hydroplane

    by -deja.Ismael Updated Oct 28, 2002
    Airport or harbor? :-)

    Being in an island, the most usual way to go to Victoria is the plane (there is an international airport) or ferry (connecting with Vancouver, Seattle, or Port Angels in the USA).

    But an original way to make the trip is by hydroplane. Even more, the plane can descend to see whales or nuclear submarines (if you come from Seattle) ... if there are, of course.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Victoria

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

67 travelers online now

Comments

View all Victoria hotels