Commencing 11 March 2017, BC Ferries will implement a fleet wide promotion offering 50% off regular passenger fares on select sailings.
Kids under 11 years can travel free during those same times.
For detailed information call 1-800-868-0446
Dual-Fueled Ferry Arrived in January
The first of the BC Ferries' dual-fuelled Polish built vessels arrived on the coast in January.
One of three mid-sized ferries, the Salish Orca will maximize efficiency as it uses liquefied natural gas
Commencing service this spring the Salish Orca will replace the Queen of Burnaby on the Powell River-Comox route.
Two additional ferries, the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven are expected to go into service on the Southern Gulf Islands runs later this year.
Commencing 08 Feb 2017, the MV Bowen Queen will replace the MV Island Sky for approximately 1 week.
2 extra sailings will be added to the regular Saltery Bay-Earls Cove schedule for the Family Day weekend.
On Feb 10,11,12 &13 there will be a 1:50p sailing from Saltery Bay from Earls Cove a saiing at 2:50
Please note that the MV Bowen Queen is not equipped with an elevator.
Both limited food service offerings & Washroom facilities will however be available on the Bowen Queen vehicle deck
Commencing 13 February 2017, travellers boarding the Alaska ferry from Prince Rupert BC to Ketchican AK will be required to use either a Visa, Master, Discover or Debit card to pay for their ferry crossing.
The Alaska ferry terminal will no longer accept US/Cdn currency, travellers checks, money orders or personal cheques
There is no payment policy change for travellers using the BC ferry between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy.
AMHS Cancels Thursdays Cordova-Valdez-Cordova Ferry
The Alaska ferry scheduled to travel on Thursday 05 January 2017 between Cordova and Valdez and Valdez-Cordova has been cancelled due to heavy winds.
Alaska Marine (1-907-465-3941) will provide further information as it is learned.
BC Ferry sailings between Vancouver Island and the Mainland post Christmas continue to be busy.
Additional sailings have been added at the Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen, Duke Point, Departure and Horseshoe Bay terminals.
For up-to-the hour sailing conditions and possible wait times please call 1-888-223-3779
The sailing schedule for the Alaska bound ferry departing Bellingham WA on 30 December 2016 has been changed to depart at 16:00h (4pm).
Be advised that vehicle check-in in Bellingham, is 2 hrs prior to sailing.
For aditional information please call the Bellingham terminal at 1-360-676-8445
Relieve the Stress and Book a reservation
Christmas is a busy time and with more than normal traffic expected BC Ferries have prepared a calendar showing the dates expected to have the heaviest traffic.
Heaviest Sailings: Tsawwassen (Vancouver) > Swartz Bay (Victoria)
Dec 16th , 17:00
Dec 17th, 11:00 &13:00
Dec 18th, 13:00 thru to 17:00
Dec 19th, 13:00 thru to 17:00
Dec 20th, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 21st, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 22nd, 11:00 thru 17:00
Dec 23rd, Noon thru 21:00
Dec 24th, Noonb & 13:00
Dec 25,26, Busy all day
Dec 27th, Expected to be busiest day of the holidays.
Although not required on this route, reservations relieve the stress and anxiety of ferry travel
Conditions of Passage
Every transportation company around the globe ( including ferry operators ) have specific "Conditions of Passage or Terms and Conditions". Sometimes these terms & conditions are long and extremely detailed: sometimes they are short & obvious - no loaded guns- no pets above the vehicle deck - etc.
Each operators conditions of passage are shown in several places on this site so that prior to booking, travellers can determine if they are comfortable complying with the terms of both specific ferry operators and of this site use.
Conditions of Passage appear on the FAQ page; the Terms and Conditions page; on all booking references/receipt emails and on all itineraries.
Between 14 Nov and 18 Dec 2016 save up to 50% on select sailings between Vancouver - Vancouver Island; the Sunshine Coast; Southern and Northern Gulf Islands. While this discount doesn't apply to passengers, it does apply to standard vehicles to 20'
AND that not all !!!
BC Ferries has extended the savings to cover the Inside Passage; Haida Gwaii; the Discovery Coast connector; Skidegate & Allford Bay
Below are the BC Ferries Terms & Condition for this promotion
"50% Off Standard Vehicles" promotion is applicable to standard vehicles (excludes driver & passenger fares) up to 20 feet in length including motorcycles.
*South Coast Routes: Offer valid on select sailings November 14 – December 18, 2016 on the following routes: Metro Vancouver; Vancouver Island; Sunshine Coast; Southern Gulf Islands; Northern Gulf Islands, in either direction. †Savings reflect Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route. **North Coast Routes:
Offer is valid on all sailings November 14 – December 18, 2016, on the following routes: Inside Passage; Haida Gwaii; Discovery Coast Connector; Skidegate – Alliford Bay, in either direction. ††Savings reflect Port Hardy to Prince Rupert route.
Discount does not apply to extra foot charges for over-length vehicles. Not applicable for buses, commercial vehicles and bicycles
Experience Card and Northern Resident discounts will be increased to match the promotional discount on promotional sailings. "50% Off Standard Vehicles" promotion is available on BC Ferries Vacations™ packages. Promotion cannot be applied retroactively to existing BC Ferries Vacations™ package bookings. Limited time offer. Other conditions may apply. Please visit bcferries.com for full details on applicable sailings. BC Reg. 48839.
24 October 2016
Whittier ferry sailings have been cancelled due to a rockslide blocking the Whittier Tunnel
Call 1-877-611-2586 ( Alaska Hwy Dept) for updates
May 04-07: in Cordova - Shore Bird Festival
May 18-21: in Petersburgs - Little Norway Festival
May 25-29: in Kodiak - Crab Festival
May 26-27: in Haines - Craft Beer & Homebrew Festival
Jun 15-18: in Whittier - Dustball Tournament
Jun 16-17: in Cordova - Copper River Nouveau
Jun 17 : in Haines - Kluane Bike Relay
Jul 14-15: in Cordova - Copper River Wild Festival
July 15-18: in WhiteHorse - Dustball Tournament
July 27-30: in Haines - Alaska State Fair
Aug 04-07: in Annette - Bay Founder's Day
Sep 04 : in Sitka - Mudball Tournament
Sep 08-09 : in Skagway - Klondike Road Relay
Alaska Ferry (FVF Fairweather) Sailings Cancelled
Due to closing of the Whittier Tunnel the Thursday 27 Oct sailing to Whittier has been cancelled.
The revised ferry sailing schedule for the FVF Fairweather follows:
10/27 8:30 am Depart Cordova
10/27 11:15 am Arrive Valdez
10/27 3:30 pm Depart Valdez
10/27 6:15 pm Arrive Cordova
Revised schedule for Alaska Ferry MV Kennicott
The Alaska ferry MV Kennicott recently experienced mechanical issues which resulted in delayed sailings for 17 October 2016
The scheduled ferry sailing to Sitka has been cancelled.
Revised Schedule for the Alaska ferry MV Kennicott:
Depart WRG 17-Oct at 09:00A Arrive PSG 17-Oct at 12:00P
Depart PSG 17-Oct at 12:45 P Arrive JNU 17-Oct at 20:45 (8:45P)
Depart JNU 17-Oct at 10:15 P Arrive HNS 18-Oct at 2:45A
Depart HNS 18-Oct at 04:15 A Arrive SGY 18-Oct at 05:30A
Depart SGY 18-Oct at 07:30 A Arrive HNS 18-Oct at 08:30A
Depart HNS18-Oct at 10:30A Arrive JNU 18-Oct at 15: 00 (3P)
Depart JNU 18-Oct at 17:00 (5P) Arrive PSG 19-Oct at 01:00A
Depart PSG 19-Oct at 01:45A Arrive WRG19-Oct at 04:45A
Depart WRG19-Oct at 05:30A Arrive KTN 19-Oct at 12:00P
Depart KTN 19-Oct at 17:00 (5P)
Also note that many Inside Passage ports (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell) are located on islands, so if moving to Anchorage or Fairbanks between Oct and Feb you will need to travel to Haines & then drive through Canada after disembarking.
Between March and September travelling through Canada can only be avoided by taking the cross-gulf ferry from Bellingham to Whittier
Crossing the US /Canada Border
Always answer any border officers' questions politely, completely and honestly. Do not be chatty or evasive.
Handguns and any automatic or semi-automatic guns are illegal in Canada & can result in both confiscation & entry refusal
Unloaded rifles & ammunition can be taken across the Canadian border but must be declared at the time of crossing
DUI Convictions (driving under the influence)
Canada considers a DUI conviction a felony and may refuse entry into the country. Travellers with a DUI are advised to call their State Justice Department to get the charge expunged so there are no disappointments at the border.
A handy site is http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the-inspection-experience/prior-criminal-offenses/resolving-criminal-inadmissibility-to-canada/#.V-yuWNze70o
Pets must have a certificate of good health ( done within 30 days of travel & have a current rabies tag.
Open dog food is ok to take into Canada from the US but it is not OK to take that same open food into the US from Canada
Active Duty Military
Soldiers on active duty and being transferred to a base in Alaska can present their Transfer Orders at the boarder in lieu of a passport.
May 2016- Sept 2016
Bellingham - Haines: Driver + 15' vehicle = 1,719.00
Winter Special: (01 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017 )
Bellingham - Haines: Driver + 15' vehicle = 1,479
All driver discounts are automatically calculated when ferry bookings are made on www.ferrytravel.com
Ferry trips between Bellingham and Whittier are seasonal & are now sold out of vehicle space through September 2016.
Service on this cross-gulf route is scheduled to resume in March 2017 but booking is expected to begin in late November /December 2016.
Currently service to
Anchorage, Fairbanks , Homer etc is available from the lower 48 between Bellingham WA and Haines AK.
Passports are required as the Hwy from Haines takes drivers through Canada.
Active military can show their orders at the border in place of a passport.