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Seattle to Vancouver

Help, vacation is only 12 days away and still do not have plan. We will have a rental car and are arriving in Seattle on a Wed and staying until Monday at a friends cabin in Quilcene near Olympic National Park. Leaving on Monday and staying in a hotel until our flight out on Wed. No plans yet where we will be staying. Plan to visit the ONP area for 3 days, one of which is a scheduled fishing trip. Had wanted to visit Vancouver, but now not so sure, there seems to be so much to do from around Seattle. Would like to visit Victoria, how would you recommed getting to and visiting Victoria? Is this a day trip or would you suggest staying over night? Have been reading everyone posts and getting more confused. Thanks to all for suggestions!

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1. Re: Seattle to Vancouver

Staying in Quilcene you can drive to Port Angeles, park your car at the Coho ferry dock, and make it a day trip as foot passengers to Victoria. The drive would be around an hour each way, the ferry around 90 min., so it's a pretty full day.

IMO starting in Quilcene, Vancouver is too far - at least 4 1/2 hours in each direction, either via the US mainland or ferry from Vancouver Island. (In other words I don't think you'd have time to go either Quilcene - Victoria - Vancouver - Seatac or Quilcene - mainland - Vancouver - Seatac in the time you have.)

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2. Re: Seattle to Vancouver

Thanks for the info! Is there not a ferry to take your car to Victoria or is it not needed?

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I'd visit and tour Port Townsend. Perhaps, with an early start, do PT then take the ferry (reservations are a good idea) to Coupeville on Whidbey Island, tour the entire island,south and north through Deception Pass, return. Give yourselves at least 4 hours to tour WI in a relaxed way. Visit and dine in Langley and Coupeville town areas. Or visit PT and Hurricane Ridge out of Port Angeles and keep WI for its own day.

Whidbey Island is a great day or more getaway tripadvisor.com/Travel-g58824-s2/Whidbey-Isl…

On Whidbey Island, Ebey’s Landing State Park Dramatic, easy, trail, farmland to the east, Puget Sound and the Olympics to the west. http://tinyurl.com/3c8zrnc

Edited: 1:32 pm, September 03, 2013
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>> Is there not a ferry to take your car to Victoria or is it not needed? <<

The Coho (mentioned above) takes cars but it's unnecessary if you're just planning a day trip. If you want to explore the southern part of Vancouver Island, then a car can be useful, but if your main aims are to see the downtown part of Victoria (the pretty bits around the Inner Harbour) or even to visit Butchart Gardens, the expense of putting the car on the ferry probably isn't justified. There are umpteen tours to the gardens that you can choose from right near the Coho dock, and the rest can be on foot.

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So an overnite stay would not be suggested if visting Victoria? We could make the trip traveling from Quilcene and back in one day?

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Victoria could be done as a day trip or a multi day trip from Port Angeles. I guess we're a bit unclear about how much time you have. Note that you will need your passports if you want to do this.

Victoria is a small, attractive city at the south end of Vancouver Island, which is a two-week destination on its own. You could gloss over the essentials of Victoria in a day, or you could take the car over for as many days as you like and explore beyond Victoria.

http://www.tourismvictoria.com/things-to-do/

You will want to look at the ferry schedules, as they are fairly limited from Port Angeles. Note there are two other ports on the southern island that will take you back to the mainland (1 in the USA, 1 in Canada), so if you decide that's the way you want to do this, we can provide you with more details about your route options.

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7. Re: Seattle to Vancouver

To be clear, I was not negative about Victoria; I was responding to time available and where to go if not going to Vancouver. I would go to Victoria as suggested, plus other mentioned locations as time permits.

Edited: 7:24 pm, September 03, 2013
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Where does Olympic NP fit into your plans and where are staying and what are your planning on seeing? Are only using Quilcene as a base?

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No matter what you decide, you are going to have to spend a long time in transit. Quilcene is pretty far from any of your likely destinations. It will take you at least one hour to drive from Quilcene to Port Angeles, and it is not at all a pretty drive. The ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria takes about 95 minutes, barring delays. You face two problems in planning a day trip to Victoria. First, you will have to fit your trip into the Coho sailing schedule. Second, if you bring your car, which I do not recommend, you will face a very tedious, even unpleasant, wait of 90 minutes in the parking lot of the Victoria dock when you make your return to the US. This parking lot has all the charm of a holding pen, and you are not allowed to leave it. You must stay with your car. If you fail to show up at the Victoria dock 90 minutes in advance, you will lose your reservation. You could take your chances on getting on board without reservation, and in September, the risk would probably not be high, but it is still something to consider. If you walk on to the Coho without your car, you don't have to deal with any of this. For this reason alone, I suggest you leave your car in Port Angeles at the parking lot across from the dock, and get around Victoria using cabs, buses, and your trusty feet.

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Arriving Sept 15th? Wednesday to Monday in the ONP. Then Monday and Tuesday available as full days, before your flight out on Wednesday.

One ONP day is fishing. Are you all interested in going to Victoria, or were you thinking of the last Monday or Tuesday for yourself? You would be looking at the 12h45 pm sailing from Port Angeles, arriving Victoria harbour about 2h15, then go through Canada Customs.

There's a 7h30 pm sailing from Victoria. You would have to be back at the Coho terminal by 6 pm to go through US Customs pre-clearance. You would have about 3.5 hours to visit Victoria. Arrive back at Port Angeles about 9 pm and drive back to wherever you will be staying.

I would pass on Canada this time. Save it for a dedicated visit of about 2 weeks. Then you can experience with some satisfaction, Vancouver (4 nights), Whistler (2 nights) and Vancouver Island (6-8 nights).