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If your travel plans have you visiting 🍁 Canada’s West Coast, then you simply must; Experience British Columbia Ferry Travel at its best, with a ride on one of the beautiful ⛴ BC Ferries!
Taking a journey on one of the many routes ⛴ BC Ferries has to offer is simply a “Must Do” plan, while visiting the west coast.
The scenery on any one of their routes is nothing short of – breathtaking!
Ferry travel on one of the world’s safest and largest fleets, is an experience that must be included in your travel plans.
First, check out this excellent amateur 📹 video. I was so impressed with the video I definitely felt it was worth sharing here on my blog.
It even includes 🎶 music from our very own 🍁 Canadian singing sensation – Brian Adams.
The clip gives you a nice glimpse of what to expect when you take a ride on one of their many ships.
I was fortunate enough to be raised on the west coast, on 🌲 Vancouver Island in beautiful 🌷 Victoria British Columbia.
Having taken the ferry more times than I possibly can remember, I am still amazed by the natural beauty when making the crossing to and from Vancouver Island to the Mainland.
I’ve traveled to many beautiful places in the world over the years, but each time we experience a journey on one of these fine ships, the spectacular scenery still always ceases to amaze me!
The ferry crossing from Vancouver Island to the Mainland is a – 📸 Photographers Dream Come True!
Beautiful Active Pass & Lighthouse
The ⛴ BC Ferry service is operated by the – Provincial Government in British Columbia. They are presently the biggest passenger ferry service in North America.
At last count, the present fleet of ships is at 36, with many of the ships having been refurbished and new ones just arriving.
The fleet serves at least 49 different locations, surrounding the BC west coast.
The most popular sailing routes are from the mainland or Vancouver area, to/from the cities of Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. This crossing takes approximately 1 ½ hours each way.
This allows plenty of time to enjoy a meal in one of their restaurants on board ship and to just sit back, relax and take in the natural beauty while on your journey.
All the passenger ferries are equipped to handle 🚗 vehicle traffic, both large and small.
There are 2 beautiful Super Ferries operating between these routes, that are capable of handling a staggering 2100 passengers with crew members and up to 470 vehicles.
British Columbia Passenger Ferry in Active Pass
I captured the above 📸 photo while sailing on a ⛴ Ferry traveling in the opposite direction. This photo was taken in picturesque – Active Pass, on part of the journey from Vancouver mainland and Vancouver Island, heading to Victoria.
Active Pass is where you may be lucky enough to spot BC’s beautiful 🐳 Killer (Orca) Whales feeding, along with seals and sea lions.
From large 🚛 semi transport trucks moving goods to and from the mainland, to 🚌 Recreational Vehicles, 🚗 Passenger autos to bicycles, BC has made ferry travel easy for every one!
You can 🚶 walk on as a foot passenger, take a 🚍 bus, or board a ⛴ ferry in your personal vehicle, it’s up to you!
During peak times of the year (May – Sept) if you are going to drive on, making a ferry reservation is simple and highly recommended!
Things get very busy, especially during the peak summer months with the influx of tourists taking their 🍁 Holidays in Canada and who are visiting the islands on the west coast.
The smaller ⛴ ferries travel to the many surrounding Gulf Islands and Discovery Islands, also on the west coast of Canada.
Each island is unique in its own way, just waiting for you to explore!
Camping, hiking, kayaking, bird watching, beach combing, it’s all here waiting for you on the west coast. An outdoor adventure playground!
One of the many pleasure craft sailing the surrounding islands
On numerous occasions over the years we’ve seen Killer Whales, Sea Llions, Harbour Seals, Bald Eagles and much more while making a journey on a ferry route.
The ships are designed for tourist travel, with outdoor viewing decks surrounding the vessel and equipped with all the amenities you may need for your ferry crossing.
There’s buffet style restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, washrooms, private areas and much more for you to enjoy on these ships.
Ferry travel has never been so good!
Below, I have listed ⛴ BC Ferries official website for your convenience, where you can access much more detailed information, including; Trip routes; Schedules; Fares; Reservations and more.
⚓ BC Ferries
The Beautiful Coastal Gulf Islands
Just a quick look at why you should definitely include a journey on one of the many BC Ferries when traveling to the west coast of Canada and British Columbia.
😎 Safe and Healthy Travels!
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