BC Ferries is an institution, and a strong component of our highways system. One of the largest ferry operators in the world, BC Ferries provides year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. They are an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services.
But taking the ferry is more than a mode of transportation, it's an experience - which many visitors liken to "an affordable cruise"; a chance to sit back and relax on the way to your ultimate destination.
Travellers on BC Ferries enjoy the ride in comfort, with tasty food, WiFi, retail, and amazing vistas from numerous lounges. Larger sailings feature buffets, kids play areas and arcades, cafes, and quiet lounges for adults and business guests. While all sailings offer guests the opportunity to watch nature's bounty unfold, the Vancouver-Victoria and Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo routes also feature special interpretive sessions from Parks Canada representatives through the Coast Naturalists program.
On the Sunshine Coast routes, watch for harbour seals, bald eagles, and other signs of wildlife as you take a breath of fresh sea air. Here are some routes that will allow you to visit the attractions and accommodations profiled in this issue:
To get from Telegraph Cove (and Tide Rip Grizzly Tours) on Vancouver Island to Powell River (and Garnet Rock Oceanside Resort) on the Sunshine Coast, take the #19 Island Hwy to Comox. The trip from Comox (Little River) to Powell River (Westview) takes 1 hr 20 minutes, with four sailings daily. Click here to view the schedule.
If leaving from the Vancouver Area, choose Horseshoe Bay as your departure point, and take one of nine daily sailings across to Langdale (schedule here). From Langdale you can drive North by car, approximately 1 hour to Madeira Park (and Sunshine Coast Resort) or 2.5 hours to Powell River. Or cut your travel time in half by taking a second sailing from Sechelt (Earls Cove) to Powell River (Saltery Bay). This trip takes a total of 50 minutes (schedule here).
Whatever route you choose, enjoy the ride! For more information on BC Ferries, visit http://www.bcferries.com/.
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia