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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