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Ferry Service Update: Campbell River - Quadra Island

BC Ferries Update On The Powell River Queen Ferry
The Bowen Queen will temporary take over Campbell River - Quadra Island ferry service Sep.30 through Monday, Oct. 23.
The Powell River Queen, the ferry providing regular service on this route will be dry-docked for scheduled maintenance until Oct.24 when she will return to service

As the MV Bowen Queen has limited over-height space, BC Ferries advises that all vehicles over 6'8" in height will be sorted to the over height lanes to maximize loading capacity.

Ferry Travellers Going to/thru Canada from a US port

Ferry Travellers Crossing a Border Require A Passports
As the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel, a passport is required for anyone over the age of 18 years who is crossing a border.
Travellers disembarking the ferry in Haines AK and planning drive to Anchorage etc must carry a valid passport.

For Detailed Canada Customs information call 1-800-461-9999 •

For detailed ferry information call 1-800-686-0446  •

More Efficient Alaska Ferries On the Horizon ?

Smaller Alaska Ferries & Public Management Discussed
September 20 saw the annual Southeast Conference meeting in Haines discuss a near-final draft plan to reform how the Alaska Marine Ferry system is both managed and operated.

The plan calls for replacing some ferries with smaller, more efficient vessels; for creating an independent corporation to buffer the ferry system from shifting political priorities, and enabling the new corporation to negociate its own labor contracts.

The proposed new public corporation would have its own staff overseen by a seven-member board appointed by the governor and would continue to receive state and federal funds.

Ferry Travel Cross Border Information

US citizens travelling to/thru Canada from the US
As the only universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel, passports are required for anyone over the age of 18 years who is crossing a border.

For ferry passengers disembarking in Haines AK and driving toward Anchorage/ Fairbanks or to the Kenai Peninsula, a passport will be required as the Alcan Hwy dips into Canada for a short time, before returning to Alaska.  

For more detailed Canada Customs information call 1-800-461-9999 •

For more detailed ferry information call 1-800-686-0446 •

Ferry Regulations Regarding Firearms

Firearms on Ferries
Firearms can be transported on ferries as long as the chambers are empty; the weapons are locked and any ammunition is packed separately.

Canada however prohibits all automatic, semi-automatic & hand guns.

Be aware that if travelling to Anchorage / Fairbanks etc. or to the Kenai Peninsula via a ferry to Haines Alaska, you will arrive in Alaska but for a short time the Alcan Hwy will drop into Canada so one can not travel with the prohibited weapons.
Hand-guns etc can be couriered from the mainland US to Alaska.
Alternativly, taking a ferry to Whittier (see "Alaska Ferry Route Map" under Route Map in red line at the top of this page) will completely avoid travelling through Canada.  

Ferries to Whittier operate 2x per month March through September and advance reservations made as far in advance are manditory to avoid disappointment.

V2V ferry to resume service

Vancouver -Victoria Ferry to Resume Service in October
After determining in August that the V2V Empress would be better served with new engines, the recently launched ferry service connecting foot passengers between Vancouver BC and Victoria BC is scheduled to return to ferry service in late October 2017. 

The V2V Empress is a 254 high-speed catamaran launched in May 2017 to provide luxury, passenger-only ferry service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria.

The newly refitted ferry is expected to travel a reduced schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday through to the end of April when daily service will be reinstated.

The winter schedule - still to be confirmed - has the ferry tentatively departing Vancouver at approx 9:00am and returning from Victoria at 2:30pm.

New Ferry Victoria to Vancouver (Passenger only)

Clipper Vacations to Launch New Ferry Service

The newest passenger ferry route between downtown Vancouver and Victoria is on track to begin service next spring.
Clipper Vacations will provide another option to those wanting to travel by ferry between Vancouver and Victoria.

The acquisition of a 52-metre, high-speed catamaran able to carry 579 ferry passengers is scheduled to make one round-trip sailing each day.
The ferry will depart Vancouver in the morning and sail from Victoria in the afternoon.

Call 1-800-686-0446 for more information

Alaska Ferry Sells for $300,000

Alaska Marine Ferry MV Taku Sold
The Alaska Department of Transportation has accepted a $300,000 bid from a Portland Oregon company to purchase the 50 yer old M/V Taku.

The MV Taku equiptment not included in the sale is slated to be used on the new Alaska Class ferries and on the remainder of the Alaska ferry fleet on an
as-needed basis.

Once relocated in Oregon,
the purchasing company (KeyMar LLC) intends to refit the MV Taku for use as a floating hotel.

Alaska Cross-Gulf Ferries ( Whittier, Valdez, Homer)

Alaska Ferry / Ferries to Whittier, Homer, Valdez
The cross -gulf ferries ( ferries that skip Canada by travelling from Washington to Juneau and then across the gulf to the Kenai Peninsula (Whittier, Homer, Valdez) are now sold out for the balance of 2017.
Ferries travelling Homer to Kodiak and Valdez to Whittier travel year round - it is only the ferries that cross the Gulf of Alaska that terminate service for the winter
The cross-gulf ferries will start again in April 2018.
To travel to Homer, Whittier and Valdez between now and March, take the ferry from Bellingham Washington, to Haines Alaska and then drive on from there. This route requires a passportfor transit through Canada

Prince of Wales Launches New Service

Best of Victoria Tour: Whale Watching, Butchart Gardens and Sunset Cruise back to Vancouver
Vancouver -> Victoria -> Butchart Gardens -> Vancouver all in one day !

rince of Wales newest 60' vessel enables passengers to travel from Vancouver to Victoria on an exciting 4 hr cruise thru the Gulf Islands. 
Spectacular views of the coastline, plus the opportunity to see orcas and humpback whales, seals, sea lions and sea otters combine to make this trip a must.
On arrival in Victoria, tie allows for a bit of shopping and / or sightseeing before hopping onto a Butchart Gardens dedicated bus where you can explore the magnificent blooms and landscaping that has made this Victoria gem World Famous.
After a couple of hrs exploring the gardens, head to the private dock to embark on a sunset cruise back to Vancouver. 

New Luxury Ferry Service Vancouver to Victoria

Congratulation V2V Vacations !

Motor Vessel V2V Empress

May 2017 saw introduction of the newest & most luxurious ferry service operating along the west coast.


Travelling daily between Vancouver Harbour (below the Convention Centre) and Victoria's Inner Harbour Terminal at Bellville Street, the V2V Empress carries 245 passengers and offers 3 classes of service.

1) Premium Comfort Service: provides main deck family-style ergonomic leather seating, Wi-Fi and electronic device charging and is the most economical. 

One way is $120 Cdn per adult/ $60 per child 

2) First Class Service: provides Upper Deck seating, Wi-Fi, electronic device charging and includes a complimentary 3-course meal on fine plate-ware (family-style seating is optional) 

One way is $199 Cdn per passenger 

3) Royal Class Service: with reclining leather seats on the premium deck, this class provides the most luxurious ferry service . Included is Wi-Fi, electronic device charging plus a complimentary 3- course meal, coffee & tea. 

One way is $240 Cdn pp

No matter which class one chooses to travel, this 3hr 30 minute cruise provides every passenger with some of the most spectacular coastal scenery found anywhere in the world.

Ferry Sailing Schedule

Vancouver Departure at 08:00h (with a 07:00h check-in/boarding)

Victoria Departure at 14:00h  (with a 07:00h check-in/boarding)

The Salish Eagle Has Landed ( BC Ferries Newest NGF Ferry)

BC Ferries Welcomes its Newest Ferry

The Salish Eagle, BC Ferries second natural gas-fuelled ship has arrived in BC waters and found its home into the BC Ferry fleet reported Mark Wilson, BC Ferries' Vice President of Engineering.

"The Salish Class are well built vessels that will help reduce our environmental footprint and our operating costs."

The LNG-powered Salish Eagle will ferry between the southern Gulf Islands this summer.