Many thanks for your prompt reply. Don't know what the ferry is called - it could be the Coho ferry! It's the one that takes around 90 minutes to reach Victoria and I gather there are not many sailings. Your advice about booking is very helpful. However, if we miss the sailing we book for, will they let us on the next one? We are actually heading for Tofino on Vancouver Island. I am told this can take 4 - 5 hours to drive to from Victoria. It is therefore important that we manage to co-ordinate our journey from Bend carefully or it will become even longer than we wanted!