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BC Ferries

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BC Ferries provides passenger and vehicle ferry services to 45 ports of call across coastal BC, with sailings to and from Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands, and Northern BC. BC Ferries Vacations also offers over...more
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1 Ferry Causeway | Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, Tsawwassen, Delta, British Columbia V6C 0B9, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the car ferry from Vancouver to Victoria. The ride was exceptionally smooth, and the on/off was hassle free. However, the dock is about 45 minutes from downtown, so be sure to plan accordingly. It's about a 20 minute drive to downtown Victoria once you...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank tarzan2613
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful views traveling between numerous small islands. Clean, smart looking ships. Extremely good crews. Pretty good food and comfortable seats. Takes cars and yes there is a reservation system that works well in heavy traffic seasons. You do not need a reservation but it assures...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Top Chefs T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean, prompt and general a nice boat. Enjoyed our trips to and from Vancouver Island. A little pricey with the car but reliable and well worth taking the car. Lots of seating onboard and a nice cafe to grab some food and drinks too

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 854DP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice trip and food was very nice...However, I miss a wifi access for the 2 hr trip vancouver to duke point though... This would be a nice addition for many people.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank pfsampson2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

B.C. Ferries is for some reason and has always been perpetually plagued with bad management: From an inadequate supply of Ferries on Monday Mornings and Friday nights, to no 5:00 a.m. sailing from Swartz Bay to Tsawassen, to very poor food at the Swartz Bay...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rcyewchuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can often see great wildlife en route to your destination and contrary to popular belief the cost is reasonable. You can book a reservation but I've never needed this service even on the busiest weekends. just factor in a sailing wait and you wont...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank wanterer44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first time on the west coast I took the ferry from the Mainland to Vancouver island. The ship entered active pass, going between 2 islands. Mayne and Galliano. Being a Watercolour artist I immediately fell in love with the West Coast and moved out...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Darryl A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Missed the scheduled sailing by minutes, silly spring break. Regardless, got out to stretch the old legs, etc. In the market my wife was anxious for coffee and found a spot. There was a BC Ferry employee in line and we started chatting. Nicest man...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Cooky01G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking forward to our trip to the islands with our 7 months old dog. Hoping to hit telegraph cove and then travel the insider passage to prince rupert from port hardy. However, we cancelled our entire trip after finding out the terrible conditions...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank J3LU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've taken the BC Ferry trip between Vancouver (actually Tsawassen) and Victoria (Swartz Bay) three times and have had three great trips. Yes, the primary purpose is transport between the two cities, but the views, particularly on the western half of the trip, are just...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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April 9, 2019|
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Response from Jeff B | Reviewed this property |
The trip from Tsawassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay(Victoria) takes approximately 1hour and 40 minutes. It is a beautiful trip.
April 2, 2019|
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Response from paulineha27 | Reviewed this property |
They should be up by June or July
Than W
March 20, 2019|
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Response from ragdollwilly | Reviewed this property |
Hi Than, The newer ferries are as long as 2 football fields...all amenities are included...a restaurant, a snack/coffee bar, gift shop, kids' play area, flat screen TV's in some seating areas, temperature controlled... More