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BC Ferries Offers Some 'Keen' Trips

Here's an idea for great trip through British Columbia — our Canadian neighbors to the north. We actually took the trip this summer but followed the itinerary in reverse, with the ferry rides last.

The summer travel season is a great time to get out and explore our neighbors to the north, and a trip with BC Ferries was no exception.

This ferry company — one of the world's largest — presents a "voyage of discovery" along the rugged Canadian coastline between Port Hardy and Bella Coola, BC. At ports of call the Discovery Coast Passage there is stunning scenery, the freshest local food and friendly communities. For 9 days, 8 nights it's $843, plus taxes & fees and including ferry & hotel based on the lowest seasonal price.

Package includes:

  • Eight nights’ accommodation
  • One-way on BC Ferries from Vancouver mainland to Vancouver Island, and Port Hardy to Bella Coola, (reservation included on Discovery Coast sailing) for two adults and one car
  • Grizzly Bear (August 15 - October 30) or Eco-Rafting tour (June 1 - August 15) in Bella Coola

* Note: Depending on the day of the week you are sailing from Port Hardy to Bella Coola, you will either arrive in Bella Coola late in the evening, or you may be treated to ports of call in Bella Bella, Shearwater and Oceanfalls and overnight onboard with an early morning arrival in Bella Coola.

Here's the itinerary from this fantastic trip:

Day One – Vancouver to Campbell River via Nanaimo (264 km)

Overnight : Coast Discovery Inn in a Comfort Room

Day Two – Campbell River to Port Hardy (238 km)

Overnight : Quarterdeck Inn Marina Resort in a Standard Room

Day Three – Discovery Coast Passage to Bella Coola

Overnight : Coast Mountain Lodge, or on board, depending on day of the week

Days Four and Five – Bella Coola

Grizzly bear or Eco-Raft tour

Overnight : Coast Mountain Lodge in a Twin Room

Day Six – Bella Coola to Williams Lake (451 km)

Overnight : Coast Fraser Inn in a Comfort Room

Day Seven – Williams Lake to Whistler (396 km)

Overnight : Coast Blackcomb Suites in a Comfort Room

Day Eight – Whistler

Overnight : Coast Blackcomb Suites in a Comfort Room

Day Nine – Whistler to Vancouver (123 km)

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM
. My parents left Victoria, BC on their Wedding Day and I was born in Seattle a year later- where I still live, practice(d) residential architecture. Canada is one of our favorite places to visit. J-
Kendall Watson September 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
This is very cool. I'm adding a photo of our recent trip from Nanaimo to Tsswassen aboard the Coastal Inspiration. For those of you who haven't yet experienced BC Ferries newest ships, they're really something and quite a way to enjoy the summer sun for the 2 1/2 - 3 hour crossing!
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 07, 2012 at 11:34 PM
. K- I'm glad you InLanders have discovered our Washington State and British Columbia ferries. We had a home on Lopez Island for 40 years and got to know the WSF system very well indeed. J-

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