Ferry info - Sunshine Coast BC

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  1. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    This June 2014, I'm going to be going up the Sunshine Coast BC and then across to Vancouver Island. I'll be taking the ferry that goes north from Vancouver.

    My question. If you get on the ferry ( north of Vancouver - can't think of the terminal ) and travel up the Sunshine Coast and across to Vancouver Island at Powell River to Courtenay, do the ferry times make it possible to do this trip in one day or should you plan on a stop on the Sunshine Coast. Also if it is doable as a day trip - what ferry should you catch in the am at the mainland.

    Just trying to plan my route for the summer. Thanks
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  2. Newbusa

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    Not to sure if it's doable but, go to the BC Ferries website they have all the schedules.
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  3. Steve G.

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    Yes, you can do it in one day. I did it 2 yrs ago, Horseshoe Bay to Gold River in one day. You should check often the ferry departure times, which change from spring to summer departure times I think the second or third weekend in June, with quite different times sometimes.
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  4. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    Yes I've checked the ferry times but they are only part of the equation as driving time between them is a bit of an unknown for me. So was looking for feedback from those that have done it.
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  5. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I did this twice a couple years ago. You'll need to get three ferries and it can be a package deal for I think 60 bucks for a motorcycle.
    It's a fantastic ride but fairly slow. Easily in a day but make an overnighter if you want to site see along the way.. I went from Victoria, Comox, Powell River, Molly's Reach ( Beach Combers place, but cant remember the town), Vancouver and back to Victoria on a single tank on a 650 Strom. So you'r not covering a lot of kms and factor in some wait times at the ferry etc.
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  6. Kamloopsrider

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    Easily done in 1 day with stops at some excellent little restaraunts along the way. I like to spend a night tho. Some excellent campsites and B&b's. The ferries at Gibsons and Powell River work out well as far as timing goes if you want to drive straight through, but take your time and enjoy. The Sunshine coast marches to it's own beat and it's a lot more laid back than the mainland. Enjoy.
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    No more package deals for anyone. We want your money!! :1drink
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  8. Steve G.

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    Molly's Reach is in Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast.
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  9. Commuter Boy

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    Something to consider is when you get off the ferry it's a clusterfuck of people in a hurry to get somewhere on a limited amount of road.

    You're probably best off giving yourself some time to nose around, even if as a bike you're first off. There is also a very limited amount of paved roads to explore on the Sunshine Coast/Powell River area. it won't take that long.

    Yes, you can do from Horseshoe Bay over to Vancouver Island easily. There are, however, some great B&B's in Roberts Creek, might be worthwhile taking a later boat over from Vancouver and getting an early start in the morning if you want to bimble about.
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  10. mazembe

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    A reduction in ferry service is set to go into effect this spring and may not be shown on the B.C.F. web site yet. The saddest lose is the cancellation of the Discovery Coast route.
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  11. cycleman2

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    Yes I see that they've done a review and probably won't post the summer rates etc until around April/2014.
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  12. HayDuchessLives

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    I started planning a ride down to the Lower 48 in June and originally thought I would just spend a few extra days in B.C. to do some hiking. However, after doing more research and seeing photos of incredibly stunning scenery, I decided to "support the local economy" and spend at least two weeks in B.C., spending a few days in small towns like Atlin, Stewart, Hyder and Bella Coola. I'm bringing my small packraft with me so I can do some hiking and paddling. :D

    I had hoped to reduce some mileage by taking a ferry from Prince Rupert to Bella Coola, or a ferry from Bella Coola to Port Hardy, but unfortunately it looks like these routes will be canceled this summer. Just my unfortunate luck. But I guess I should warn the B.C. inmates that an Alaskan "Granny Gone Wild" will be touring your lovely region, enjoying every minute of it, except possibly the sun shining in my eyes while riding down the Cassiar.

    Happy trails!
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  13. 250senuf

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    No ferry to Bella Coola at all? Yow! I could see a cutback maybe, but to totally eliminate it seems rather harsh. :eek1

    I guess they have to be able to fund those highly-paid executives and their generous pensions/benefits somehow. :huh
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    B C Ferries is so top heavy with over paid executives, i am surprised it doesn't topple over.

    :deal
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    Before BC ferries put in the central coast ferry service there was a small independent outfit {Tyee Princess} that was servicing the areas from Port Hardy to Bella Coola... They used to sell ride along tickets and transport eco tourists + goods up to the central coast inlets including Smiths and Rivers... B.C. ferries then came in and undercut these guys offering a similar service for less and put them out of business... When the competition was gone BC ferries then upped their rates which became a continuing trend until they were so high that ridership suffered which ended the service...
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    The fare 2 years ago was about +$800.00 from Bella Coola to Hardy. No need for that I just rode Hwy 20 both ways. I see enough water at work anyway.:D

    Coming down the Cassiar...darn wasn't even paved last time I did that in the rain.:wink: And the employer denied my leave last year so had to come back from Rupert instead of heading north but not before doing the Lava beds-Gingolx-New Aiyansh and up to Cranberry Jct on the Nass forest service road. :wink: Against the advice of the locals the Nass road for such a bike as mine. Piece of cake, I ride much worse in the Kootenays.

    Lots of places to play if you are willing to enjoy the roads both ways.....who needs the ferries???

    Pretty recent "news release" on the state of affairs with BC Ferries....:eek1

    http://coastalferriesengagement.ca/documents/2013/NewsRelease-Feb5-2014-2014TRAN0010-000138.pdf
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  17. Steve G.

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    Listening to the local radio station yesterday, it appears that the current ship, the "Chilliwack", is nearing it's life service end. The cost to replace this thing as always will be huge. The province is in debt, the debt is growing every year, so borrowing more money [debt] building a new ship to install into a perennial money losing run seems to me a plan only an idiot would want to stand behind. So, honestly, anyone who wants this ship run to continue, should step up and "full circle" the conversation by saying whether they want to enhance the government debt for the future residents and generations to look after, or point out other government programs they want cut to transfer money to this ship run. Of course there are those who say to cut the amount of managers, vice presidents, and cut their wages will do the trick, and I agree the amount of "desk drivers" and their wages are horrific and repulsive visually, the amount of money saved by reducing management costs would simply be a microscopic dent against the losing routes being cut.

    They will be replacing this run with a "milk run" ship, 16 cars, open deck, no lounge, 16 hr one way. Not an option for a motorcyclist to huddle underneath a tarp in a sleeping back on the deck of the ship.

    I've got family history in Bella Coola going back 125 years. It's sad to see this run being shut down. But as a tax payer, I'm not willing to subsidize the lives of those who wish to live in an area of extreme privacy and solitude like an island or far off town, but also wish easy fast link to urban society.
    There's a reason there are so many ghost towns around the world. They became economically unfeasible.
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  18. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Should we continue to subsidize the free convenience ferries that run across the interior lakes as well? A remember a few years back you put in a supportive plug for those because they were ones that serve you personally on your motorcycle journeys..
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  19. Steve G.

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    My thoughts on the two main inland ferry routes have changed, in light of the extreme fiscal challenges post 2008. There should be some sort of charge to offset costs there.
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  20. gunnerbuck

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    I had a 1 to 1 with one of the main government fellows on the ferry review panel and he didn't like the idea of charging a fare for those longer interior lake runs... Those runs sometimes have 2 boats running {1 large + 1 small} per each with a full crew compliment so they can't be that cheap to operate... I argued my point to the panel guy that they don't have to charge the full BC ferry rate, but at least add something to help cover the operating cost of those vessels...

    Those ferries were put in yrs ago as a free service by the government of the day into an area that was vote rich for them, maybe the current government is also pulling enough votes from there that they are reluctant to rock that boat...

    Just about every one of those people in upper management could take a 50% pay a cut and they would still be grossly over paid, the same goes for other departments like ICBC and the lot... These guys/gals are always quick to start talking about cuts until the high ceo salaries get mentioned and then the mumbling starts... But how many people in charge of their own salary would take real a pay cut? I remember 1 government of the day took a 10% pay hike as soon as they got in power and then a short while later when they started a cutting costs campaign they took a 5% pay cut for optics...

    What are those people at the top doing to justify getting paid a salary that would employ 5-10 workers?
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