Sunday, March 09, 2008

Getting There By Ferry

Every time you need to go somewhere fairly far away, you probably get in your car and drive. Not us! We get to board a big ol' boat with our car, and the sit back while it chugs us across the water to the Vancouver Area.

It's a good idea to get there early, especially on weekends or holidays. The locals are usually itching to revisit civilization and so boats fill up fast. The very last thing you want is to be stuck for hours in a dreaded "sailing wait." The boats typically run from around 6 am-9:30 pm. Locals are known to make a "run for the ferry" because you don't want to miss the boat!

Yesterday the weather was overcast and a bit rainy so everything looked grey. Sometimes if you're lucky, on the way you'll see a seal. If you're really lucky, you'll see an orca. On sunny days the water is dotted with all sorts of sailboats.

There's observation decks so on nice days, you can get a whiff of the salt air. Inside is a cafeteria, coffee shop, gift shop, kid's play area, and mini arcade. The locals often just bring their own snacks and some reading material to pass the time.

As you we near the terminal on the other side, it's time to make a quick bathroom visit and try to find the car! My greatest fear is to have the ferry dock and not know where my car is. That would a bit embarrassing. This picture was taken right in front of my car just as we were nearing the terminal on the Vancouver area side.

Planning a visit to BC's Coast? Check out the BC Ferries website for more information.

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