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Vancouver Ferry to Day Trips and Attractions

A visit to Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without at least one outing on a Vancouver ferry.

Vancouver Ferry

With literally hundreds of islands situated off the coast of the city the Vancouver ferry is one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver for tourists, and it's also a necessary mode of transportation for many people who live here.

Vancouver is perfectly nestled along the Burrard Inlet on the western coast of British Columbia.

Just off the mainland lies Vancouver Island and a series of islands known as the Gulf Islands.

The Vancouver ferry system connects many of the larger of the Gulf Islands to Vancouver and the surrounding areas.

For many locals, getting to work involves taking a daily ferry ride to another island in order to get to work.

Once you see the endless beauty of the islands and the Strait of Georgia, you’ll wish your daily commute involved a Vancouver ferry ride as well!

Tourists also make good use of this form of public transit. By far one of the most popular and also romantic things to do during your visit to Vancouver is to take a day trip to Victoria.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is one of the most visited cities in the world; and when you see it, you’ll understand why.

Victoria Inner Harbour Gardens near Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings

This charming harbour town is known for its flowers, gardens, and English-inspired architecture.

The quaint cobblestone and brick streets are lined with lampposts bearing overflowing flower baskets for most of the year, while horse-drawn carriages offer tours of the town.

The famous Empress Hotel stands protectively over the yacht-filled harbour, and the Parliament Buildings are lined with thousands of white lights that reflect off the water every evening.

World-famous Butchart Gardens are only twenty minutes outside town, and whale watching excursions leave daily from the harbour.

If you have the time, Victoria is well worth two or three days of your time before taking the return ferry to Vancouver.

The ferry is run by BC Ferries, and you can either walk on as a passenger or bring your rental car with you, as the ferry is a vehicle ferry.

It takes about an hour and a half to make the crossing, and the ferry from Vancouver departs throughout the day.

If, however, you need to depart between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:00pm, you'll definitely want to allow for extra time due to the high volume of traffic during that time.

The main route that connects Vancouver to Victoria departs from the Tsawwassen Terminal, which is near the Vancouver International Airport.

The ferry arrives in Swartz Bay, which is about twenty minutes from the City of Victoria. Be sure to have transportation arranged to get into town from the Sidney Terminal once you arrive.

With just a little effort, you can use the Vancouver ferry system to see one of the most charming cities in all the world; a “must-see” during your time in BC!

Other Topics to Read:

Visit Victoria
Empress Hotel Victoria
Public Transit

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Day Trip

Take the scenic route, enjoy a historic village or see dramatic scenery a day trip from Vancouver to somewhere nearby may turn out to be the highlight of your Vancouver vacation.

Victoria Inner Harbour
Victoria Inner Harbour where you can charter a harbour ferry for sight-seeing

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