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devildog1971

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Posted: 06/09/21 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone ever went to Alaska by way of a ferry from Washington state, if so where did you board the ferry at, and where did you disembark. Is there any Canadian customs, if you go by way of a ferry? Would like to do the Alcan highway, but leaving in October roads might be unknown condition I know it is late in the year but we are going to support a dear one that is on a military base there. Thanks for your help sincerely


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Posted: 06/09/21 11:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very late in the year. Weather-us.com says...

In Haines, in October, the average high-temperature is 38.1°F (3.4°C), and the average low-temperature is 31.8°F (-0.1°C).


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The ferry schedule is on line and I believe the US port is Bellingham, WA. I recently checked and its very expensive with an RV. However, you can't drive thru CN now because of Covid, so the ferry is the only way.


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Get on line and search for Ferry to Alaska. Lots of expensive options. Tools there to estimate fares and times, etc. No Canadian Customs unless de board into Canada, can't do that at this time anyhow.


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Actually since the OP is asking on the truck camper section, price might not be too bad. It's for a big RV where the ferry prices get kind of crazy.


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You'll be into the winter schedule in October and the service becomes very spotty. The only way to bypass Canada is to take the cross gulf ferry from Juneau to Whittier or Homer but I don't think it runs on the winter schedule, at least not often. You really don't want to be on the Gulf of AK during a winter storm. I checked earlier this year and a 25' RV with two seniors and a cabin is just shy of $10,000 round trip Bellingham to Juneau. IIRC round trip Juneau to Whittier as another $6,000 or so. Even if you had money to burn the winter schedule will likely not accommodate your travel.

We use the ferry from Juneau to Haines almost every summer since 1987 for a trip to the AK interior. We are able to cross the border in spite of Covid restrictions because we have medical appoints in Anchorage that we cannot get in Juneau.

Until they open the border for vacationers I think you are just out of luck now.

The AK ferry system is hugely under funded and service has gone down the toliet in the last decade or so. Prices have doubled in that time and is no longer viable for long trips. For our 25' RV with us two Juneau to Haines is 90 miles, 4.5 hours and this summer is $750 round trip.

At 25' the price more than doubles the 23' price. There is no logic in that!


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We did it 2x, once about 9 yrs ago by motorcycle and in 2019 by TC....Both times the Alaska Ferry System, which we boarded in Bellingham....Got a cabin both times...You cannot stay in your RV..On the motorcycle we got off in Skagway, in the TC we got off in Haines....No customs, they do not stop at a Canadian port....Not cheap but was a way to break up the trip and see some sights from the water. I highly highly recommend it.....


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On the motorcycle we got off in Skagway, in the TC we got off in Haines....No customs, they do not stop at a Canadian port...


Getting off the ferry at Haines or Skagway you will still have to drive through Canada to get to central Alaska.


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valhalla360 wrote:

Actually since the OP is asking on the truck camper section, price might not be too bad. It's for a big RV where the ferry prices get kind of crazy.


Following up on valhalla360's comment...

Do the ferries charge extra for an "RV", and is a truck camper considered an "RV"?

The web-site for the Bellingham WA > Valdez AK ferry among others makes it hard to find the answer and costs :-(

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I've been on BC Ferries several times and they always charge by a foot.
We drove to Alaska in 2019 and driving is part of the experience IMHO.
So when you have time for long vacations - Alaska Highway offers lot of adventures. Suppose the borders are opening right now and even during Covid times, US citizens did find lot of excuses to cross Canadian border.





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