Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries

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NS VIA Fan

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Yup.....take the Ferry or just walk under the Harbour Channel.

The pedestrian tunnel opened in 2015 so the ferry is now mainly used by airport vehicles and those that have authority to cross. No public/passenger vehicles. Pedestrians are allowed but most are just dropped off on the mainland side.....take the elevator down to the tunnel and walk over to the airport.

It would have been nearly impossible to make the tunnel accessible to vehicles as no room is available for the length of road grade/slope required on either side to reach that depth. Even on the mainland a elevator is required to go straight down to the tunnel but there is room for the escalator bank slope on the airport side.

The Island Airport is convenient to anyone going downtown and is a competitor to VIA. There are numerous hotels within walking distance and pedestrian friendly. Just walk to/from your gate to your hotel! Trip report here:

 
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I have good memories of the Algiers Ferry at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans. Just take any Canal Street Car to reach it. Or from the center of the city you can walk. Also just sitting on the Moonwalk on the Levee and watching the river go by is a way to connect. Then you can stop by the Morning Call for coffee and beignets and wander through the French Market.
 

Bob Dylan

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I have good memories of the Algiers Ferry at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans. Just take any Canal Street Car to reach it. Or from the center of the city you can walk. Also just sitting on the Moonwalk on the Levee and watching the river go by is a way to connect. Then you can stop by the Morning Call for coffee and beignets and wander through the French Market.
Yep, another Free Activity in the Big Easy!😍
 

JontyMort

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Here’s the final ferry of our Canada trip. BC’s Northern Expedition is a serious vessel, seen in the first photo at Port Hardy with her bow visor up. She also has a substantial (post-Estonia) inner bow door, and the stern ramp is pretty solid too. The 22-hour crossing to Prince Rupert includes calls at Bella Bella and Klemtu. Operationally that involves some thought to loading at Port Hardy, since any cars bound for intermediate ports need to go on first. Five cars, a burger van, 25 foot passengers, and a dog got on at Bella Bella at 0130. Why do I know this? Travel at night is exciting, and night port calls doubly so. The scenery on the Inside Passage route is stunning.99C96FB3-AE86-4B5C-BA84-8310EF3BF1C9.jpegDF3B6726-4F98-4601-8933-2F4F96B33778.jpegE40913A5-CAC8-4A3A-92EC-CDE9BCDF477C.jpegE5F7A4B3-0107-4913-B3BE-732A22028D4C.jpeg
 

flitcraft

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Sad news on the Victoria Clipper, the passenger-only ferry between Seattle and Victoria--it had just resumed service only a few weeks ago, but now, with no warning, has shut back down again. They are arranging alternate transportation for folks stranded as a result of the sudden shutdown. We were planning a trip to Victoria next month...
 

Bob Dylan

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Sad news on the Victoria Clipper, the passenger-only ferry between Seattle and Victoria--it had just resumed service only a few weeks ago, but now, with no warning, has shut back down again. They are arranging alternate transportation for folks stranded as a result of the sudden shutdown. We were planning a trip to Victoria next month...
🥺Is this due to lack of Staff, Ridership, COVID or all 3???
 

flitcraft

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Regarding the reason for the shutdown of the Clipper--it probably boils down to all of the above. Staffing issues have crippled the Washington State ferry system--they've cut the Seattle-Bainbridge commuter ferry sailings in half, and all the other routes are similarly impacted. There just aren't a lot of qualified people to staff all of the many positions needed for the ferries in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. I would guess that the staffing issues are similar for the Clipper. Ridership is likely down as the weather gets cold and damp here in the Pacific Northwest, though the Christmas season in Victoria is magical. And the rules regarding the border, even though loosening, are still not conducive to short trips over the border. Western Washington and southern BC both have lighter than average COVID rates, but that is partly of function of people taking precautions seriously--and those are precisely the folks inclined to say, "Travel is for after the pandemic!" So, the website says to check back this spring...we'll see.
 

Bob Dylan

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Regarding the reason for the shutdown of the Clipper--it probably boils down to all of the above. Staffing issues have crippled the Washington State ferry system--they've cut the Seattle-Bainbridge commuter ferry sailings in half, and all the other routes are similarly impacted. There just aren't a lot of qualified people to staff all of the many positions needed for the ferries in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. I would guess that the staffing issues are similar for the Clipper. Ridership is likely down as the weather gets cold and damp here in the Pacific Northwest, though the Christmas season in Victoria is magical. And the rules regarding the border, even though loosening, are still not conducive to short trips over the border. Western Washington and southern BC both have lighter than average COVID rates, but that is partly of function of people taking precautions seriously--and those are precisely the folks inclined to say, "Travel is for after the pandemic!" So, the website says to check back this spring...we'll see.
Thanks for the info, hopely all my friends that live in the San Juans,BC and the NW aren't too inconvienced too much by this.

I have many fond memories of riding these Ferries when in the NW and hope to be able to ride them again in 2022!!
 
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