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#1 Roland Williams

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Posted 18 September 2003 - 01:09 PM

OK, I will start, as Canadian wannabe. We are in the process (a long slow one) of moving to Victoria on Vancouver Island. So far we have spent three trips there, in the Casita. The city of Victoria has a beautiful RV park, the Marina. It is a short ride across the harbour to many fine restaurants and pubs. Every spot has a beautiful view. I will fill in a lot of details over time. Here is a view from our camp spot.

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 06:44 AM

Victoria, BC is a garden lover's delight. There are numeous public gardens, indoor and out, open all year. Here is a view from the Buchart Gardens. This is an all day excursion, with miles of paths and settings of all immaginable design.

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Posted 20 September 2003 - 06:50 AM

Getting to Victoria requires a ferry ride. It costs $66 for two people a car and the Casita. Just like at camp grounds, we don't get a break for being short - we get charged the same as Freightliner pulling a 42 footer. But the trip is worth the price. You can go from Port Angeles, WA and the trip takes about 90 minutes or, you can go from North Seattle and it takes 3 1/2 hours. That is the scenic route, with stops at some of the islands. Last winter we took this picture of a beautiful rainbow from the ferry.

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Posted 23 September 2003 - 07:57 PM

Roland,

We were up in B.C. this summer for a short visit. It is outstanding, as are your photographs! We will be back again for a much longer visit.

Mike and Joan in Michigan

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Posted 24 September 2003 - 07:02 AM

For a lot of fantastic photos and good information, go to www.victoriabc.com. Here is another shot of the local gardens.

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Posted 25 September 2003 - 10:43 AM

Just like at camp grounds, we don't get a break for being short - we get charged the same as Freightliner pulling a 42 footer.  You can go from Port Angeles, WA and the trip takes about 90 minutes or, you can go from North Seattle and it takes 3 1/2 hours.

For many years we took the Washington Ferry to Vancouver Island. We endured the limited schedules and long, long waits, queuing up and waiting for hours. The last time we arrived 3 hours early but even so there were so many ahead of us, we missed that ferry and had to wait for the next; a total of more than 7 hours. :blink: But then, thanks to a friendly Canadian on this site, we learned about the BC Ferry system. What a difference, like night and day. :D

To get to Victoria, take the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen (just across the border) to Swartz Bay, 32 km from Victoria. The ferry takes 95 min. They run just about hourly and charge by the length of your rig. I think the price is comparable though. Oh, and they take reservations too. :) You know, its been a few years, but I remember the Washington ferry charging by the foot too. I think it was the Black Ball from Port Angeles.
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#7 Carol Christensen

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Posted 25 September 2003 - 11:24 AM

A couple of years ago, we drove up the Sunshine Coast on the mainland, then crossed to Vancouver Island. We got a round trip ferry ticket that covered the two ferries going up the coast, the crossing from Powell River to Comox, and the ferry to Tsawwassen. I think it cost $250 (probably US) for four ferry trips.

Our trips to Canada are always right after Labor Day so the campgrounds are practically empty and the weather is almost always great. We stay at Provencial or National Parks while we're in Canada. The parks are beautiful and very well kept up, both on the mainland and Vancouver Island. One of our favorite destinations. :blink:
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