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BFL13

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Posted: 02/28/21 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

enblethen wrote:

Highway 16 exist in many different locales. OP didn't identify his/her location.


Yes, I was "ASSuming" [emoticon] We also accept Saskabush folks. In fact perhaps half the population of the Island is made up of refugees from there! No gumbo here, and hardly a grasshopper in sight. [emoticon]

Spring here has already started--pink tree blossoms and all that. Magnolia buds showing soon to pop open. Better get on the road!

* This post was edited 02/28/21 06:26pm by BFL13 *


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Thanks for the encouragement


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We have been out to your Island Paradise several times. Went to Port Albion numerous years ago.
We enjoyed many trips to North of the Border. Several trips to Alaska and long trip across Canada to Nova Scotia on Can 1 most of the way. Great trip!
Be glad when the border reopens!


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You do not pay for an over height vehicle of any type. The reason they ask you if your over height is to ensure your on the correct deck, as well as they have room for you on the limited number of decks that allow over height vehicles.
I’ve traveled up and down the west coast of BC on the BC Ferry Service in our truck no camper which are inches under 12 ft and I have never been charged for height.
Length is why it’s “costs” you, hence if you have a bike rack on the front or back for your rig remove the bikes and the bike rack and store them inside your rig while traveling on the BC ferry system.
IT Should be noted:
ALL, inland ferries ( fresh water) of BC are free.
Enjoy your trip.
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I'll be happy to help you out.....

Yes, BCferries.com has all the scoop on the costs and all that, if you can in fact figure it out from all the various pages to wade through.

Easier to ask here for someone with personal knowledge.

I used to work all over Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. I had a solarium business based in Surrey. I would drag my 27 foot TT with me everywhere I went there. My rolling motel.

It has been a number of years now, since I have left Surrey and moved to Calgary. So the prices i remember will be outdated and will have gone up.

My TV in sig is an extended cab dually, and with the TT I think I was somewhere around 50 feet long. Maybe 49, I forget.

Yes, you get classified as overheight, and you have to go on the bottom deck with the semis and buses. They will check you at the toll booth. There is a sensor there for that. You can't do the ramps and sharp bends on the sides and upper decks like a car can. And yes they charge by the foot. There is a base rate plus so much a foot for anything over I think 20 feet long.

When I was doing the ferries regularly, my cost was around $290. or so one way to the Island. They charge you extra for passengers too. Different rates and charging methods for the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands.

So yeah, you'll likely be over 300 bucks now. Ouch. 600 round trip.
Last time I was there was in think the summer of 15 when I paid the 290.

My trip of 2015 was holidays, so I made sure I spent 2 weeks there to make it worthwhile.

Bring your own food, sandwiches etc. They charge you through the nose for something as simple as a piece of pie. Food isn't too bad, but horribly expensive. Then there is the lineups to get the stuff. Everyone parks their car and makes a mad dash for the food lines.
I would just go into the RV and relax. Not supposed to, but I always did anyways. Can't cook, propane has to be shut off and tagged.


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Seems some of our northern friends have been cooped up too long and need a vacation, lol.

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Good luck with that until Covid is over...

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ivbinconned wrote:

Amusing how snarky some can be. It was a simple question. If one knew the answer it would take no more effort to just answer it.


It’s even more amusing that someone would think they’d get a useful answer to a vague question like “ What is the cost of the ferry crossing to the island.”

Departing from Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen?

Arriving in Nanaimo or Victoria?

How many people? Adults? Seniors? Children?

What’s the bumper-to-bumper length?

What’s the date of travel?

Booked ahead or just drive-on?

Every single one of those things changes the price.

The question as asked is like asking “How much will dinner at a restaurant cost?” without saying what, where or when.

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Did Jax pee in your corn flakes this morning?
If you had been the first to respond with your insight and added a link that would have been helpful.
But no. Being a key board drive by shooter strokes your ego!

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Here is the link to BC Ferries.
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As stated by others it just isn’t length that costs, other factors dig into your wallet as well.
Since your already near or close to Hwy 16 you might want to look at catching the Ferry from Prince Rupert down the west coast of BC to Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. You would want a day time sailing and book a cabin as well. The cost will not only hit your wallet, you might have to tap that Swiss Bank account that you’ve been hiding from the wife [emoticon]
In 2018 we took sailings from Prince Rupert to Hadia Gwaii ( daytime sailing over/ night sailing back, with cabin for both sailings)
In 2019 to took the ferry from Horeshoe Bay to Nanaimo, over to Vancouver Island and then Port Hardy to Bella Coola on the new ferry Sea Wolf, back to the mainland.
The ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola was absolutely fabulous! We saw 7 different groups of whales and at one point the captain stopped the ferry so we could watch the whales feeding about 250 to 300 yards off to one side of the ferry. There were 9 whales in that group. We have done 3 different cruises to Alaska from Vancouver and we saw more whales before lunch on the ferry to Bella Coola than we did on all three Alaska Cruises put together.
The Ferries are not cheap, but man does Canada ever have a beautiful west coast.
We always make reservations even when we are just heading over to the Island from the Vancouver area.
If you do decide to take the ferry from Princes Rupert south or Port Hardy north then you “will” require a reservation as those ferries have limited space for over height vehicles, plus they fill up fast in tourist season. As well being overnight and your length that will also be a big factor.
Enjoy your trip what ever you decide.
Soup.

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Loaded up for sailing to Haida Gwaii

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Large group of whales, this is the ones we stopped for.

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Port Hardy & The BC Ferry, Sea Wolf

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Top viewing deck heading to Bella Coola.

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Waiting at Port Hardy

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