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Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

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Tsawwassen
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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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  • E P.
    E PSeptember 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.
  • 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.
  • Tracy M.heart icon on user image
    Tracy MackMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth F.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth FernandezOctober 23, 2016
    Surprisingly great ferry terminal! Lots of good shops and places to get a snack.
  • 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!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sherman W.
    Sherman WooApril 18, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Starbucks line too long? Go to the other end for Salt Spring organic coffee. Way better baked goods options too.
  • Rickheart icon on user image
    RickAugust 14, 2023
    Great fery terminal. Lots of shops and places to get a bite.
  • 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.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJanuary 18, 2013
    Come early, otherwise you'll have to wait another 2 hours for the next ferry!
  • Jim O.
    Jim OlverFebruary 13, 2013
    BC Ferries does not accept Debit for the crossing fee.
  • 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.
  • Adam James Realty
    Adam James RealtySeptember 5, 2014
    Call ahead and make a reservation on a busy day. Guarantee your spot!
  • 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!
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BorthOctober 22, 2011
    Bring your wallet and prepare to spend. $35 for two walk-ons to Saltspring
  • 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.
  • Eliknahy A.
    Eliknahy AlvarezMay 9, 2016
    You should try the ferry buffet
  • Ruby 🚲 G.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LynamAugust 23, 2013
    Arrive early make a reservation it's worth it in the long run @bcferries
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CheahOctober 10, 2010
    It's great to have a buffet on the ferry to Victoria!! Breakfast!! Pretty good quality and yummo!!
  • Lili A.
    Lili AmirJuly 31, 2017
    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😔😔
  • Sam W.heart icon on user image
    Sam WingAugust 20, 2015
    Closer to an airport than a dock. Careful in the long term parking. Lots of bikes/peds with mediocre signage
  • 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. www.SaltSpringAir.com
  • Lynette L.
    Lynette LimJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love Saltspring Coffee as a new addition. Their healthy fiber muffin is delish.
  • Christianheart icon on user image
    ChristianSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Traveling during peak hours? Get a reservation--you'll be glad you did.
  • 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!
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LernerMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ice cream shop inside the market area has amazing flavours of Gelato!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jorge T.heart icon on user image
    Jorge TorresSeptember 10, 2014
    Free wi-fi in terminal and ferries
  • Randy M.heart icon on user image
    Randy MontroyJanuary 8, 2016
    Food choices are great but way to limited seating
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BOctober 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi in the terminal and big boats
  • Jim N.
    Jim NewtonJuly 13, 2011
    Since you are waiting in the line up head over to freefromtheratrace.ca an explore your options!
  • Geoff W.
    Geoff WickstromJuly 15, 2010
    Buy the candle apples, they're more than just food art! You won't regret it ;)
  • Chris B.
    Chris BMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check in at Salt Speing Coffee and get a free drink. Nice one...
  • Louis B.
    Louis BakerAugust 25, 2013
    Get here nice and early and just relax.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Unlike Washington State Ferries BC Ferries doesn't sell beer or wine on board!
  • Nick K.
    Nick KempinskiMarch 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The lounge has bottomless drinks and snacks + it's quiet. Well worth the $10!
  • Arthur T. C.heart icon on user image
    Arthur T. CorryAugust 19, 2015
    The market gets better all the time.
  • 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.
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25July 2, 2012
    Food options on the ferry are great
  • 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
  • Stacy B.
    Stacy Bo BacyJune 29, 2012
    Seems to be super warm in the terminal and then freezing cold on the ferry. Wear layers!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AschkinasiAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ticket sales cut off 10 minutes before departure. You've been warned...
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