Hopping across the pond with BC Ferries

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Vancouver Island is a stunningly beautiful island just an hour and a half away from Vancouver by ferry. You can depart from Tsawwassen to get to Victoria, or from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to get to Nanaimo. I was going to Parksville which is just 30 minutes from Nanaimo so it was a Horseshoe Bay Departure for me!

5 Things About BC Ferries:

*It’s the largest passenger ferry line in North America and the second largest in the world. Wow!

*BC Ferries has been around since 1960. Prior to that there was ferry service between Tsawwassen and Sidney but it was privately (not government) run.

* There was a big controversy when 3 new “Fast Ferries” were built only to have major problems (not to mention went WAY over budget) and eventually were sold at a huge loss for 19.4 million. It’s STILL something people bitch about.

* You can sometimes see porpoise, dolphin and orca playing in the waves. If any are spotted the crew make a big announcement about the sighting as it’s not all that common.

* The food is pretty good on the ferry. A Vancouver restaurant legend called White Spot (you either love it or hate it) runs the food service.  After many years of sub-par food you can now get a decent cheeseburger, salmon dinner or mac or Pirate Pack for the kids. TIPI always get the Spicy Chicken Crunch Burger, it’s only available in the ferry and it’s really good!


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11 Responses to Hopping across the pond with BC Ferries

  1. Katie December 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Love the video!

    • Andrea January 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks Katie! Doing the video is a work in progress for sure…

  2. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown December 5, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I love walking on and snagging the good seats before all the ‘car people’! I used to live on the island so I’ve done this crossing a billion times, always love it 🙂 My go-to snack is the popcorn and the truffle bars from the gift shop!

    • Andrea January 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      I love walking on as well… plus it’s SO much more reasonably priced!

  3. Henry | @fotoeins January 3, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Rain or shine, it’s always worth going up on deck to see the ferry “break” into open waters of Georgia Strait, with mountains in the distance just about everywhere on all sides. Strangely enough, the ferry between New Zealand’s North Island and South Island reminded me a lot of the ferry between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island!

    • Andrea January 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      I’ve never been to New Zealand Henry, but I’ve always thought it reminded me of home The fjords in Norway were that to me… I felt like I was in Howe Sound!

  4. Cory January 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    I really want to get out west more.. Ive been to Kelowna but I really would love to get to Vancouver and the Island it all Looks gorgeous!

    • Andrea January 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Cory, you really should! It’s a beautiful little corner of the world!

  5. Gemma January 11, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    I love taking the ferry to the mainland, though I admit we’ve only done it a few times in the two years we’ve lived on the Island! We’ve taken a lot of ferries between Van Isle and the other islands though – if you haven’t gone on it already, I think you’d like the one between Quadra and Cortes Island, up at the northern end of the Georgia Strait. Absolutely stunning views of the mainland, inlets and islands.

    • Andrea February 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

      I’ve never done that route Gemma, it sounds divine! I’ve been to many of the gulf islands though an think they’re truly special.

  6. travel srilanka May 4, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    This looks awesome….Sounds like an amazing experience. nice video.

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