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Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

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  • Jim O.
    "BC Ferries does not accept Debit for the crossing fee."(3 Tips)
    Lynette L.
    "Love Saltspring Coffee as a new addition."(2 Tips)
    David N.
    "Walk over to the Quay and get a delicious cup of Salt Spring Coffee!"(2 Tips)
    Daniel C.
    "great to have a buffet on the ferry to Victoria!!"(3 Tips)
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  • Lili A.
    Lili AmirJuly 31
    we had a big delay and it was really annoying 😞😞It was a bad experience for a trip that I never expected from a country like Canada😔😔
    Upvoted Jul 31
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth FernandezOctober 23, 2016
    Surprisingly great ferry terminal! Lots of good shops and places to get a snack.
  • Christian
    ChristianSeptember 23, 2016
    Traveling during peak hours? Get a reservation--you'll be glad you did.
  • Eli P.
    Eli PiedrasSeptember 15, 2016
    You can buy your tickets in the self service machines or at the counter. Seats inside, very little space to wait, a coffee shop, vending machines, washrooms, etc. Works pretty much as an airport.
  • Manu V.
    Manu VethJune 25, 2016
    Overpriced ferry tickets...
  • Ruby 🚲 G.
    Ruby 🚲 GalanidaJune 11, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Foot passengers: unload via deck 2 to get first dibs on the 620 bus to downtown Vancouver!
  • Eliknahy A.
    Eliknahy AlvarezMay 9, 2016
    You should try the ferry buffet
  • Paulo P.
    Paulo PuglisiMarch 31, 2016
    Always late always packed.
  • Randy M.
    Randy MontroyJanuary 8, 2016
    Food choices are great but way to limited seating
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingAugust 20, 2015
    Closer to an airport than a dock. Careful in the long term parking. Lots of bikes/peds with mediocre signage
  • Arthur T. C.
    Arthur T. CorryAugust 19, 2015
    The market gets better all the time.
  • Kaleb B.
    Kaleb ButtMarch 17, 2015
    Wifi is free but slow. The Quay Market is a clean building to waste time in.
  • Jorge T.
    Jorge TorresSeptember 10, 2014
    Free wi-fi in terminal and ferries
  • Adam James Realty
    Adam James RealtySeptember 5, 2014
    Call ahead and make a reservation on a busy day. Guarantee your spot!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AschkinasiAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ticket sales cut off 10 minutes before departure. You've been warned...
  • Darci L.
    Darci LaRocqueJuly 24, 2014
    Internet is awful
  • Naveen S.
    Naveen SohiDecember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The sitka cafe is the best place to sit if you're travelling solo! Gentle hum of elderly talking... Hot coffee right here.
  • Cynthia
    CynthiaOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Service here is horrible but they don't care because unless you want to fly to the islands there is no there way to get there. Ticket staff like to chat instead of sell tickets sometimes. Frustrating
  • Louis B.
    Louis BakerAugust 25, 2013
    Get here nice and early and just relax.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LynamAugust 23, 2013
    Arrive early make a reservation it's worth it in the long run @bcferries
  • Wes B.
    Wes BartlettJune 25, 2013
    It ain't so bad people!
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MackMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Announcements in the shop area are way to quiet. Need to increase the volume, as tons of people miss the announcements and end up running for the ferry lines when loading has already begun.
  • British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peace Arch
    Don't worry about being bored if you get here early... there's a market, lots of food outlets, and free Wi-Fi!
  • British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peace Arch
    Make sure you make reservations on long weekends and in summer! You can purchase your tickets here at the visitor centre! The ferry terminal is about 35 minutes from the border.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • Dr. M.
    Dr. McNuttMarch 9, 2013
    Swimmings cheap.
  • Jim O.
    Jim OlverFebruary 13, 2013
    BC Ferries does not accept Debit for the crossing fee.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJanuary 18, 2013
    Come early, otherwise you'll have to wait another 2 hours for the next ferry!
  • Dena R.
    Dena RoskoOctober 3, 2012
    Beautiful passage through Georgia Strait to Sydney, BC.
  • Salt Spring Air P.
    Salt Spring Air PhilipAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy the trip, but if you need to get there quicker try the seaplane.
  • Grace W.
    Grace WongAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you made a reservation, make sure you show up at least 30 minutes prior to departure, otherwise your reservation will not be honored.
  • Dirk V.
    Dirk VenterJuly 14, 2012
    Yo ho ho and a bottle of yum...
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25July 2, 2012
    Food options on the ferry are great
  • Stacy A.
    Stacy AustinJune 29, 2012
    Seems to be super warm in the terminal and then freezing cold on the ferry. Wear layers!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WMay 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    When they call boarding return to your car DO IT - it is rude to hold up the ferry just so you can visit starbucks!
  • Luke S.
    Luke SequeiraApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the fresh salmon.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RenaudApril 7, 2012
    I used to be okay paying 10$ to sit in the lounge but today I was told I couldn't listen to my music even though I had headphones on
  • Chris B.
    Chris BMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in at Salt Speing Coffee and get a free drink. Nice one...
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Remember to pay for parking. If you forget to pay then you can phone the terminal attendent and they will place an IOU envelope on your dash and you pay when you go back to your car.
  • Jelly M.
    Jelly MarketingDecember 26, 2011
    Play some video games on the ferry
  • Ross M.
    Ross MacdonaldNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're late, just drive up the ramp to the ferry without being directed to. It's really funny and everyone will see the humour. The ferry workers will give you high-fives as you pass them!
  • Angell L.
    Angell LiuNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There is wifi on most ferries and power plug in the back of the ship up on the walls! ;) get your geek gear on!
  • Sakura P.
    Sakura PhotographyNovember 4, 2011
    Reservations are a joke and rip off. We arrived at 4:34 for a 5pm ferry and were denied our reservation. Thanks for nothing
  • Austin
    AustinOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There's bathrooms down the stairs near berth 3.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BorthOctober 22, 2011
    Bring your wallet and prepare to spend. $35 for two walk-ons to Saltspring
  • Adrian N.
    Adrian NylandOctober 8, 2011
    Free wifi!
  • ILM
    ILMSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Berth 4 for walk on's does not have any seating.
  • David N.
    David NorgetAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk over to the Quay and get a delicious cup of Salt Spring Coffee!
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LomasAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can buy a "thru-fare" pass to Salt Spring through Swartz Bay-Fulford if the Southern Gulf sailing is full.
  • Julian Y.
    Julian YooAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can curb your hunger for an hour or so, you won't have to stand in line for 20 at the cafe
  • Halle m.
    Halle monkieAugust 4, 2011
    62 bucks if ur going in a car!! So expensive!
  • Kanye W.
    Kanye WestJuly 22, 2011
    Poutine in the cafeteria
  • Herbie H.
    Herbie HindJuly 14, 2011
    Total rip off. 50 for the car plus the per person cost. Sure wish I had other options.
  • Jim N.
    Jim NewtonJuly 13, 2011
    Since you are waiting in the line up head over to an explore your options!
  • Lynette L.
    Lynette LimJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love Saltspring Coffee as a new addition. Their healthy fiber muffin is delish.
  • Pavan B.
    Pavan BajwaJune 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect the ferry to be late every single time...
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RobertsonJune 23, 2011
    Waiting for the ferry is a great time to clean up the car and glove box :)
  • Tommy H.
    Tommy HooperJune 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can catch a ferry here.Ask one of the attendants for more info and have fun!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LernerMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ice cream shop inside the market area has amazing flavours of Gelato!
  • Thunder Road L.
    Thunder Road LiveMay 14, 2011
    Don't be late!!!!
  • Michael C.
    Michael ContardiMay 13, 2011
    Salt Spring Coffee mocha can't be beat
    DAVIDMay 12, 2011
    I'm on a boat!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Unlike Washington State Ferries BC Ferries doesn't sell beer or wine on board!
  • Cimberly N.
    Cimberly NickellMarch 25, 2011
    Free Wifi!!!
  • Joann H.
    Joann HawkinsMarch 21, 2011
    First ones off, home in 40
  • Doug B.
    Doug BlackieFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the hard sell douche at the cel phone place. Guy's a barracuda.
  • Teresa
    TeresaJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out the Gift Shop onboard - GREAT books with local flavour, selection of Canadian authors. Nice clothing and gift items too, but bit pricey.
  • Bob F.
    Bob FordJanuary 18, 2011
    Being the first car in this lane can mean one of two things. You are cursing you just missed the ferry and you are about to embark on a two hour coffee break at starbucks
  • Tazmin L.
    Tazmin LeipsigJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the crepes yummy !!!
  • Scott B.
    Scott BainJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    People complaining about the ferries are babies. Yes it's expensive but its your choice to commute or live on the island. It's over all a pretty reliable means of transportation off or on to the rock.
  • Lance G.
    Lance GlennDecember 3, 2010
    Considering the wages paid and that most of the workers could be replaced with well trained monkeys (which would be cool)they are on par with Somali pirates.
  • Alexander H.
    Alexander HorvathDecember 1, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Vending machines are ridiculously overpriced! Wait and get a drink a the cafeteria on the boat for a fraction the cost!
  • WiredBuddha [.
    I have been riding the BC Ferries since 1971. lost track of how many trips. the trip may be the same scenery, but I still find a quiet Zen peacefulness in the ride.
  • ILM
    ILMNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The wifi is free, but it blocks you from YouTube or any site that streams data.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi in the terminal and big boats
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CheahOctober 10, 2010
    It's great to have a buffet on the ferry to Victoria!! Breakfast!! Pretty good quality and yummo!!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CompanyOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the vending. Great products and well placed machines all over the terminal.
  • Terri D.
    Terri DaviesSeptember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Salad Loop is a tasty buffet where you can stock up on all kinds of yummy salads and fixings! More nutritious than other ferry food.
  • Geoff W.
    Geoff WickstromJuly 15, 2010
    Buy the candle apples, they're more than just food art! You won't regret it ;)
  • Crakattq P.
    Crakattq PhrydumbJune 7, 2010
    Bring food with you, save some skrilla and make a sandwich
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SorochanMay 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I like to hang out in the seawest lounge when the ferry is busy. It's quiet, no crowd, and all the coffee, tea and snacks you want. It's $10 but worth it.
  • Courtland S.
    Courtland Sandover-SlyApril 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid this time-vampire at all costs... unless you're a tourist. I have rode the ferry over 200 times. That's 300+ hours (more than 12 days) of my life. This privilege has cost me more than $10,000.
  • Paul J.
    Paul JApril 24, 2010
    Protip: Don't forget you boarding pass.
  • Nick K.
    Nick KempinskiMarch 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The lounge has bottomless drinks and snacks + it's quiet. Well worth the $10!
  • Todd F.
    Todd FaulknerJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the ferries at all costs.
  • Luna P.
    Luna P.September 18, 2009
    try out the Coastal Celebration Ferry. it sure is pretty.
  • Gemita G.
    Ve con mucho tiempo. El camión que te lleva a la terminal tarda mucho y demasiada gente lo toma!!
  • Bobby G.
    Bobby GrégoireMay 1, 2013
    Ne mangez pas sur le Traversier. Arrêtez au Marché, la nourriture y est au moins décente.
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