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“A Very Nice Way to Start and End a Vacation.”

Black Ball Ferry Line
Ranked #16 of 202 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship's many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region's favorite hotels, we'll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We take the Coho from Victoria BC to Port Angeles Washington and back, a couple of times a year. Our first trip was back in 1977. Overall, this might be the best run ferry on the planet. My understanding is that it hasn't missed a scheduled sailing ... ever, in its fifty plus year history. It is virtually always on time as it was on our trips this April and May. The crossing takes 90 minutes.

Loading and unloading is handled efficiently, although they sometimes cram the vehicles so tightly that getting out of your car can be a challenge. We always reserve our spot, which gets us on and off ahead the the non reserved vehicles. The ferry is plain, efficient and spotlessly clean. It always looks freshly painted. There is a little gift shop with fairly priced souvenirs and an on board duty free shop which is small but has a good selection none the less. There is a simple cafeteria with the basics but the menu could use an update with some healthier food choices.

The only issue with the crossing is there is sometimes some serious roll to the boat because of wind or swell conditions in the Juan de Fuca Strait. The Ferry is in open ocean for about half of its hour and a half crossing. Consider taking some motion sickness prevention. We use candied ginger. It works for us. The views from this ship are often truly stunning. Bring a good camera.

The crew members always seem friendly, professional and courteous. Our one issue is with their policy that they allow dogs on the passenger deck and they are usually unmuzzled. They should have kennels on the car deck or a regulation to leave them in vehicles or they be muzzled.

Overall. the management knows how to run a ferry. We love the Coho.

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MVCohoVictoria, Manager at Black Ball Ferry Line, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2012

Dear Traveler.

Thank you for taking the time to review our ferry service. Our crew is very diligent in their care and operation of the ship and we are glad that this is evident. Our pet friendly policy states that only well behaved pets are permitted in the pet friendly areas (mid-ship lounge and outer deck). In addition to this pet owners may leave their pets in their vehicles and we do have kennels available for use in the solarium area of our outer deck. Our crew is trained to ensure that all passengers, on two or four legs, have a safe crossing.

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

The goal is the best part of being on this boat. The boat is sadly in need of some TLC, the crew need uniforms and the food service is pathetic. But they are getting us across the Straits of Juan de Fuca to go see friends, family and the Olympic Peninsula so we get there eventually. It makes me appreciated our BC Ferries so much more.

Thank ComoxBibian
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

The Black Ball Ferry has been around as long as I can remember and that goes back a long time (30 - 40 years). It is an average everyday run of the mill ferry. It is clean, safe and if you are going south will save Vancouver Islanders money and time. By the time my friends made it across the border in Blaine, having taken a BC Ferry then waited in line at Blaine to cross the border, I was already in Olympia Washington. The best thing about this route is that you get a complete by-pass on Seattle traffic.
I also like to explore the Olympic Peninsula. If you are a Twilight fan this ferry will take you to the road to Forks. If you are like me and do not care about Twilight, this ferry will lead you to mountains, lakes and beaches..

Thank glen f
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

A very efficient well run ferry service offering a comfortable ride for passengers, and drivers transitting the waters between Canada and the USA 5 times a day, 24 x 7
We were fortunate to experience the excellent service of the friendly staff and crew. A good choice of transport which cuts hours of the alternative route.

2  Thank Barbi H
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

I always enjoy this ferry. It is an older boat, but kinda nostalgic. Could use a nicer cafeteria, though, but it is adequate. I must have sailed with them at least a dozen times.

1  Thank Iloveeatingout
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