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BC Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria - suggestions?


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We'll be making reservations for our 30' fifth wheel + truck to make the jaunt from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to  Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island for a mid-June sail.  Other than storing the bikes inside the fiver so we don't have to pay for extra length, anyone have suggestions on either the ferry trip or some great BC campgrounds on that gorgeous island.  I'll also check RVParkreviews but would love to hear from you, too.  Thanx.

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That route has very frequent crossings, and the ferries are huge, so you don't really need reservations unless you plan a mid day crossing on the first day of a long weekend. Sometimes there are discounts on the early trips- check the BC ferry web site for any specials.

The main hwy up Island is four lane divided up to Campbell River and good and quiet two lane north to Port Hardy. There are several interesting side trips on paved two lane, that cross the Island to the west side - all are worth while. You can take your rig on Hwy 4 all the way to Tofino and Uclulet, while Port Alice, Coal Harbour  and Gold River  are better day trips in your truck and maybe pack a picnic.

There are many RV resorts and campgrounds on the Island. The BC Park's campgrounds are excellent (but not cheap unfortunately).

One of our favorite camp grounds is Cluxewe resort - just north of Port McNeil. Using this as a base, you can do day trips to Port Hardy and from Fort McNeil, take the walk on ferry to Alert Bay, and drive a day trip to Telegraph Cove.

John

 

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