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Sep 10, 2018 - Prince Rupert to Port Hardy

It was raining when the alarm went off at 5:00 am but I’d packed up everything except the electric cord last night so didn’t have to get too wet. I think it’s the first time I’ve driven the motorhome in the dark so had to search for the headlight switch (being a Canadian vehicle the headlights are automatically on all the time but I needed the tail-lights & the rest). It was only a short 5 minute drive to the ferry terminal so I planned to use the 2 hour wait in the parking lot to have breakfast & a shower. I’d just finished breakfast when...

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Aug 15, 2018 - Ferry to Port Hardy and Cindy’s Birthday

Happy Birthday Cindy!!!!!!!! We left for the Ferry port at 4:30 a.m.to get in line. The ferry was booked up so we had to get in a standby line. It was quite an operation. To make a long story short, we were able to get on the ferry which took us from Prince Rupert, through the Inside Passage, and then to Port Hardy on the north side of Vancouver Island. It was a 15 hour trip, but cut off about 1000 miles of driving. The ferry was huge. It held over 300 cars, 50 RVs and I have no idea how many pasangers. It was certainly not a cruise ship,...

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Aug 2, 2017 - Whales and sushi

Day 6, Keith The day started with a leisurely coffee as we woke up at Rob’s place. It was kinda nice to sleep in considering we had to be up at 4:30 the day before. Leah and I enjoyed a coffee and a shower while we waited for Kathy. Kathy had planned for us to head to Telegraph Cove and go whale watching, an activity that I can’t say I’ve ever done. Kathy arrived shortly after 9:00 and asked if we would like to have breakfast at the restaurant of the hotel that she manages so she can catch up with some work. We also picked up two of...

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2017 BC Bike Trip

Aug 1, 2017 - Our First Cruise

Day 5, Leah: Today is the day that we had been anticipating the most: our BC Ferries day-cruise. The morning went smoothly packing up our stuff from the amazing B&B that we were in and scooting down the road to the ferry terminal. The line up took close to an hour, we were shuffling our bikes most of the way and felt the need for a good cup of coffee. Parking the bikes on a ferry is a little tricky and can be a different procedure from one ferry to another. For this one, we had our bikes parked beside each other with a block wedged under...

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2017 BC Bike Trip

Aug 29, 2016 - Prince Rupert to Port Hardy, BC

August 29, 2016 We were able to pay $22 to stay on the dock for our morning ferry. There was only one other very big RV in the lot. However, when we got up at 5:45 we were totally surrounded on the dock side. The boat does not leave until 7:15 but unlike Alaska Ferry, the BC ferry started loading at 6:00. It was a darn good thing we got up early!!! The woman the night before said we were fine until 6:30. That said, we were one of the last to be loaded at 6:30. The BC ferry system and boat is much nicer than the Alaska ferry. We were able to...

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May 27, 2016 - Drive to Port Hardy

We drove about 135 miles today to visit the town of Port Hardy. Port Hardy is the largest community on Vancouver Island North. It is the northernmost point of the Island Highway (aka Hwy 19), site of the regional airport and the starting point for the BC Ferries Inside Passage route to Prince Rupert, an epic ocean journey along the Discovery Coast Passage to the mid and north coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Black bears are a common sight along the highway as they feast on the sweet grass in the summer months. We are happy to report...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Woss to Port Hardy

Day 5 July 4 Distance for the day 111 km Distance remaining 2838.1 km of 3300 km Time in the saddle 5 hr 14 min Total riding time 22 hr 38 min Meters climbed for the day 926 m Total meters climbed 4041 m It was the first night in a bed since we left Vancouver. I would have preferred my tent and dreams. The room was hot. And I had to share the room with Alec. That wasn’t a problem though he warned me that he snored. Snoring is part of sleeping around others. On Tour du Canada ’12, Ron handed out ear plugs at orientation for those who...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Farewell to Zaandam

Our final two days sailing to Vancouver saw us sleeping in, having farewell drinks with people we met on our land and sea cruise. For me it meant keeping away from the dining room so my pants would fit. (It didn't work) for either of us!!!. A very fun 7 nights and days, lots of exciting things we've done, even more memories we have created. Come home? Don't think so...think we will just keep on going.........and going.......so much to see..... We now have 2 nights in Vancouver to recover then Edmonton with Marilyn and Brian for 5 nights,...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Prince Rupert to Port Hardy

Friday -- It was another 4:30 wake-up this morning for the 7:30 ferry departure. We were quicker than Wednesday at getting out, getting our tickets and lining up. Once in our assigned lane we ate breakfast, cleaned up and still had an hour to ourselves. I slept. Our Port Hardy ETA was 22:30 -- a long ferry ride -- and I wanted to be awake for the whole trip. The sky cleared soon after the sun rose, giving us some beautiful views of sunrise through mist. We were anticipating wonderful views through the narrow channels the ferry would...

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Alaska from a tent

Aug 19, 2010 - Ferry trip to Vancouver Island

Thursday 19 August 2010 Up at 4.30am this morning as we had to be at the ferry terminal between 5.00am/5.30am; we heard a lot of cars on the road so knew we needed to get underway. We finally boarded the ship about 7.00 am and set sail at 7.25 am. It is a 15 hour trip from Prince Rupert to Vancouver Island where we are spending the last few days of our holiday. We had pre-purchased tickets for seating in the Lounge area as we were unsure how full the ship was going to be and 15 hours without a dedicated seat is a long time. We discovered...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Port Hardy to Maple Ridge

We left early in the morning and drove down to Nanaimo in time for the 10:30 ferry to Horseshoe Bay. We did a bit of shopping in Vancouver and then went to my ophthalmologist appointment. We then went out to Maple Ridge to see Malcolm's parents, who later on drove us to a hotel in Richmond.

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Sep 6, 2009 - Port Hardy--the southern leg

Well, here we are in PH after a long day. We had a wonderful night last eve with our new friends, Wendy and Victor, who allowed us to stay in their lovely home just on Mike's say so that we were OK folks. We shared some wine and stories with them after we'd been out for dinner at a lovely place that they recommended, and after they returned from a wedding. So the night was a little late; but up we were at 4:30 to be in line for the ferry at 5:30; as requested by BC Ferries. The boat left at 7:30 in some fog, but clear aloft--though rain was...

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