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Sea conditions on the ferries

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Sea conditions on the ferries

Hi, I wonder if anyone can help? We would love to visit Vancouver Island but several members of my family are notoriously bad sailors and can feel seasick on a calm lake! We are visiting in the summer 2009 - what can we expect and does it ever get rough?

Glasgow, United...
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1. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

are you sailing from Vancouver across to Victoria? i get sea sick but have never had a problem with the big ferries going across to the island. i have had a very bad passage across to port Angeles in the states from Victoria though , it is very bad. the sail through the islands to Victoria is a must , the scenery is beautiful. it is just over an hour with the extra time being taken up with the docking etc. bg

vancouver
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2. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

as mentioned thee ferries are huge, so the ride is quite smooth

Port Alberni, Canada
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3. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

if your comming in the summer it is usually very calm and sunny at that time,here is link to ferries

http://www.bcferries.com/

i agree van to victoria on your way to the island, and nanaimo to horseshoe bay back.

Canada
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4. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

That time of year we don't get much for big SE winds so you should be just fine. The ferries are very large - especially the Spirit class, so very stable.

Vancouver, Canada
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5. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

Ferry: chugguh, chugguh, rumble, rumble

Most "commuter" passengers: zzzzzzzzzzz

Just a little humour there.

For your flight you might research -

www.nojetlag.com

I have used these homeopathic pills for long haul flights since 2003

For the ferry motion you might research -

www.tripease.org

The site shows plenty of retail outlets in Vancouver. These products are made in NZ.

Port Moody, Canada
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6. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

Wanted to add..we were recently on the ferry during a very big wind storm.. and felt nothing. these are big boats and one poster was spot on many people simply zzzzz.

vancouver, bc
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7. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

We were recently on the ferry last month during a very major wind storm, I have never seen it like that.

To be honest, I am one big chicken, I was very worried while waiting for the ferry at the terminal.

Great news, it was fine.

There is absolutely nothing to worry about, have a great trip!!

vancouver, bc
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8. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

In addition to my last post, if your travellers are very anxious about motion sickness, gravol before travelling is also a good idea.

Vancouver, Canada
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9. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

It can occasionally get rough, but these incidences are very rare and unusual. Because of how the ferries are designed, they will cancel sailings in very bad weather.

Green Valley...
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10. Re: Sea conditions on the ferries

... and once "in" the islands, lots of leeward sailing, so no problems...