Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria

Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 05:40 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 468
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria

Hi have been looking at the BC Ferries site and I am still confused.

We will be 2 foot passengers.

1. Can we make advanced reservations (website is only for vehicles)
2. How do we get to the ferry terminal? (website only talks about groups of footpassengers) i.e. is there a shuttle

Is there an easier way to get to Victoria that I am overlooking?
wilees is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 07:57 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,087
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you are a foot passenger you do not need a reservation. However if you need to get to the terminal from Vancouver there is a bus that you can take from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria. You can take the bus all the way or if you have transportation on the Island you can take the bus to and onto the ferry. There are lots of options just check out their website http://www.pacificcoach.com/
traveller69 is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 09:50 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 704
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
See bcferries.com for information
Garfield is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 11:52 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 916
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I want to elaborate about the reservations, because they are a service the BC Ferries introduced a few years ago. As previously explained, they're only for vehicles - as long as you're a foot passenger, you'll always get on the next ferry. If you're driving, there are only so many spots for the cars in the decks (about 400+?). However, I don't know how many people know this, but if you are driving, only a small percentage of the ferry is saved for reservations. Most of the ferry is first-come first-serve, so if you don't manage to get a reservation, it doesn't mean that the ferry is full, it just means that the reserved spots are full. Reservations only make sense if you *have* to be on the ferry at a specific time, *or* you have a feeling the ferry is going to be very busy (on a holiday weekend, prime summer vacation times, summer weekends), and you don't want to chance having to wait an extra hour or two for the ferry.

As for an easier way to get to Victoria from Vancouver, unfortunately the BC Ferries terminals are both located a 45 minute highway drive outside of both Vancouver and Victoria, so they were initially set up with cars in mind (as they're considered a part of the BC highway infrastructure). However, as previously mentioned, the Pacific Coach Lines has a good service for foot passengers. Or, you could always take public transit via the city buses, but that generally takes a few hours longer. If you don't mind spending the money, you could always fly one way by Harbour Air or West Coast Air (two seaplane companies). It's a 35 minute flight, and it costs about $120 per person after taxes.

Carmanah is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 04:47 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 982
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"as long as you're a foot passenger, you'll always get on the next ferry."

Sadly this is no longer true.

Transport Canada regulations mean that in the event of an emergency each Crew Member is responsible for a certain number of passengers-this included people who walked on and those who drove on.

Because of tightened regulations BC Ferries has had to keep more accurate records of just how many people are aboard each ship at on each voyage.

In the Gulf Islands in particular it's now not unusual for last minute foot passengers to be refused boarding.

This change of policy has led to some heated exchanges in the local press, demonstrations @ Ferry Terminals and as you can imagine at the ticket booth-especially heated because foot passengers cannot buy reservations.

There is now a half-assed system whereby foot passengers in smaller ports are asked to phone to be put on a list so as to advise BC Ferries of their intention to travel-with no guarantee of anything in terms of boarding-it's the old 'get there early, line up and hope for the best.:-&

To date this only applies to people wanting to travel from smaller ports as mentioned those travelling out of Tsawassen, Duke Point, Sidney a Departure Bay need not worry.
Sam_Salmon is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2007, 10:25 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 468
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think the Pacific Coach may be my answer then - thanks for all your help!

This will be my first time in North American and mostly we will be without a car. Already it seems that very little is designed for people with "no vehicle".
wilees is offline  
Old Jun 4th, 2007, 12:14 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,352
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sam. They actually turned away foot passengers on the Victoria / Vancouver run. A couple of sailings only and it was at spring break dates, but still.

Already it seems that very little is designed for people with "no vehicle".

Too true, But the intelligent will prevail.
icithecat is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Lynne7
Canada
5
Aug 23rd, 2010 07:59 AM
Wallace_and_Gromit
Canada
6
Dec 20th, 2005 08:50 AM
kandb
Canada
6
Jul 18th, 2004 10:15 AM
bizeb
Canada
8
Jul 1st, 2004 05:31 PM
katya
Canada
5
Jul 3rd, 2003 05:44 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:15 PM.