The ferry terminal at Swartz Bay is located 20 miles/32 kms north of Victoria at the end of Highway 17. Total estimated driving time from Victoria: 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The terminal is well served by BC Transit bus service as well.
You know, here the ferries are and stuff.
Free Wi-Fi and friendly customer service.
BC Ferries are great!
They have a pay phone that takes coins or credit card. It even has a yellow pages phonebook!
If you have a reservation, make sure to check in at least 30 minutes prior to sailing time or you will lose your reservation.
Tip: the food options at this terminal are not great. Stop in Sidney on your way to the terminal and pick something up.
Bring your bike on the ferry via the bus (or bike the Lochside Trail)! $2 fee. Buy your ticket in foot passenger area then walk to deck 2. First on, first off the ferry.
This terminal has little in the way of food selection.
Great night for sailing!
Don't take the leftmost lane when checking in - it only gets one booth, while the other lane gets three...
Once you're on the boat, make a quick beeline for the cafeteria if you want food. The line builds fast!
Nuthin but sunshine with the sunshine breakfast
If you're going to Victoria make sure you take the express bus in the ferry
Wonderful ferry ride!
The lanes on the right usually allow Vancouver & Gulf Islands and are a lot shorter...
No bar *sobs*
You made it! Start heading douth down Hwy 17 enroute to Victoria.
They have free wifi! What are you waiting for? Log in!
The Lands End Cafe is basically a gas station convenience store with ridiculous prices.
Travel a lot between islands? Load up an Experience card and save at least $16 every trip (undersize vehicle & 1 pass.) . No savings between Swartz Bay & Tsawassen though.
They don't accept Debit! Cash and Credit only!
Although I've only lost once, the race to the ferry to make your reservation should get you there MORE than 30min before hand.
Skip the ferry and instead shop at local artisan kiosks!
kinda fun watching the skipper dock this huge beast...
Make a reservation if you are going to Vancouver on a Sunday night.
I think you sail through American waters, so your phone might shoot you a roaming message.
put a pinch of sage in your boots, and all day long a spicy scent is your reward.
Sea West Lounge on the Ferry worth the $12 charge for comfy seats, newspapers, and snacks. No screaming children
If you miss your boat, you will get busted by choosing your own lane. Just ask the guy who is now having to swim to YVR this evening. Avoid doing that. It's a long cold swim.
Also ShawOpen free wifi for Shaw Internet subscribers.
There is also Shaw Exo WiFi available here! If you have a @shaw email address you can log in! It's seamless for all the other exo WiFi spots
If you visit the Gulf Islands frequently buy a discount card at toll booth. Load card with Min$95 and save almost $14 per trip- SSI too
Pass the time by connecting to the BC Ferries free WiFi! @kleingroup www.kleingroup.com
I recommend getting on a ferry. Check it out!
Whatever u do... Don't waste your time walking to the Stonehouse Pub, which u know u want to... Cuz it's closed down! Instead... Bring ur own beer and chill in ur car like a boss.
Sit outside on the ferry with your camera, the views are spectacular @yyjpics
Wow crazy windy ride. We're last ferry for the day all others suspended
Brilliant how BC Ferries can charge us more $$ for reservations because the lineups were so long due to the fact that they could not provide decent service during peak times.
Dog run area is just beside the loading dock. Crap bags provided too.
Getting too expensive either way to get off the rock
You could always fly.
Free wifi while you wait
Note that self-serve kiosks are for WALK-ON PASSENGERS ONLY. If you're driving on, you can pay be cash or credit, no debit.
Stay away from the Jewelry lady in the tent by the cafe, she's a cow. I took a picture of some of her wares because I thought they were cool and she yelled at me to delete it due to privacy laws. Um?
There are no PCL buses on the even-hour ferries. Option is to take the 620 bus to Bridgeport Station in Vancouver and pick up the Canada Line from there.
Don't forget to grab a couple of bags of Kettle Corn ... Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good;)
The pet area smells of poo. You're brilliant. Any other tips, like you have to pay to ride the ferry?
Best to make reservations (only $17) & arrive at least 30 mins prior to departure to avoid sailing waits.
Free wifi FTW!
Reserve your spot on the ferry for only $15