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Old 05-20-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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bc ferries reservations?

i plan on taking the ferry from prince rupert to port hardy june 16th. since there are always things that can come up. how early in advance do you folks think i need to make reservation? a day or two or a week or more.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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You could look in the BC Ferries website, but it says that in general it is recommended a reservation and the rates for your trip are:

Sailing Schedule for Sat Jun 16, 2012
Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (Bear Cove)

1 Motorcycle $214.00
1 12 yrs+ $187.00
Total Estimated Price: $401.00

https://www.bcferries.com/bcftravelcentre

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Old 05-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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my question

how far in advance should i make the reservation? a day or two which allows some dawdling on the way or do i need to book it two weeks in advance and just be sure i am there. .
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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how far in advance should i make the reservation? a day or two which allows some dawdling on the way or do i need to book it two weeks in advance and just be sure i am there. .
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A day or two sounds way too late. Ferry schedules do not dawdle, so I should think a couple weeks at the very minimum.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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A day or two sounds way too late. Ferry schedules do not dawdle, so I should think a couple weeks at the very minimum.
I would have to agree.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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I did this trip a couple of years ago. There is limited M/C parking as they tie the bikes down with huge racheting straps (provided) over the seat (use gloves, jacket or towel to protect the seat). I would plan as far inadvance as you can, during the summer minimum 2 weeks. We booked a room so we had somewhere to store gear, nap and shower as you are on the boat about 5 AM. Splurge for the dinner buffet, it was really good! We booked hotels at either port as you leave so early in the morning and arrive late we felt it was easier and safer, but the hotels know this and have a captive market. Enjoy the scenery and trip, it is expensive but I fell it was worth it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:57 PM   #7
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Port Hardy has a mad dash for hotels coming off the ferry. We stayed in a flea bag hotel with real fleas. Note to self, don't stay in hotel that allows pets...
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I did this trip a couple of years ago. There is limited M/C parking as they tie the bikes down with huge racheting straps (provided) over the seat (use gloves, jacket or towel to protect the seat). I would plan as far inadvance as you can, during the summer minimum 2 weeks. We booked a room so we had somewhere to store gear, nap and shower as you are on the boat about 5 AM. Splurge for the dinner buffet, it was really good! We booked hotels at either port as you leave so early in the morning and arrive late we felt it was easier and safer, but the hotels know this and have a captive market. Enjoy the scenery and trip, it is expensive but I fell it was worth it.
+1 on booking a room, on my last trip haveing a semi quiet private flatspot to sleep made the trip better than previous trips
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+1 on booking a room, on my last trip haveing a semi quiet private flatspot to sleep made the trip better than previous trips
This is a total daylight sailing. Why would you want to sleep?
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This is a total daylight sailing. Why would you want to sleep?

My bad he is going to opposite way I have been going LOL I also have only taken the nite runs
Usually I leave Vancouver get over to the Island then boogie up to Port Hardy then sleep to Rupert then up the Cassier or where my delivery is Then ride back or fly back in time for work on Monday
I have never actually taken the ferry the other way before
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