Some pro tips from savvy local travellers
- Check your ferry departure time twice (or even three times) and look for advisories on the BC Ferries website.
- Make reservations for those trips that accept reservations (usually trips from the Mainland or Victoria. Arrive at least 45 minutes ahead of time or you may lose your reservations.
- Allow enough time (30-60 minutes, depending on season and departure time) for those trips around the islands that don’t have an option to reserve. It’s common for ferries to fill quickly during busy times!
- Enjoy your ferry wait time! You will see locals in the ferry line with picnics, knitting, or a good book. This is the time to start slowing down. You’re almost there! Enjoy the moment.
Get a BC Ferries Experience Card to get discounts on some of the inter-island routes. Order your card ahead of time and they will mail it to you. You can reload it online, anytime.