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Old 05-20-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Just got home from Rathtrevor Provincial Park. (Vancouver Island, BC)
Known for it's family friendly camp site long rocky and sandy beach. Super clean washrooms, best shower I've ever used in a provincial park. Enormous play ground/bike park for kids, level sites.

Ferry price:
30' Oversize Vehicle $114.25
2 Adults 35.00
Fuel surcharge 4.80
2 Port Fee Adult?? .30

total $151.85 :
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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That's one way for the ferry.
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:30 PM   #3
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Yup, one way.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:28 PM   #4
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I will be on it a week from tomorrow, heading to the same campground. Unfortunately my length is 38 1/3 feet, I am estimating around $210. I will be looking forward to the showers.
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Do you feel that is a fair price to ride over to Vancouver Island? At that price, I would say your family friendly park would be out of the question for most average families. How far is the ride? Our ferries are free here on the Texas coast for everything from pedestrians to semi trucks/trailers.
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Do you feel that is a fair price to ride over to Vancouver Island? At that price, I would say your family friendly park would be out of the question for most average families. How far is the ride? Our ferries are free here on the Texas coast for everything from pedestrians to semi trucks/trailers.
Ferry cost is about the same as what we paid last summer. Is about a 2hr trip. It is definitely expensive, and not likely a trip you would want to make for just a weekend stay. But Vancouver Island is definitely worth visiting. We spent about 10 days on the Island last year with about a week of that at Pacific Rim National Park. Would definitely love to go back again soon.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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Staying at the Pacfic Rim National Park or even one of the other private ones would make the trip worth it. There is whale watching, surfing and lots of other activities. We stay at the park for a week every year in September.
I think most islanders would agree that the ferries are too expensive, especially when you have to take a ferry to see anything other than Vancouver Island. (small rant). It's still a good place to live.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:40 PM   #8
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$152 sounds like a lot for an "average family" for a one-night adventure. For the two weeks that the family could happily spend on Vancouver Island, that cost seems like a small factor. Would that average family take a two-hour airline flight somewhere to see something for a day? If not, would they take that flight for a week or two?

As Dave explained, this is not a little hop to a Gulf Coast barrier island.
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I'm not a big fan of the pricing but I do know some boat owners who ferry their boats across the strait because it's cheaper than putting fuel in their boat. Of course fuel prices here are a whole other conversation. Once you're on the rock, you can drive north to Port Hardy and take another ferry to Prince Rupert, and then another to Haida Gwaii. Bring rubber boots. Or you can stay closer to Georgia Strait and bump over to the Gulf Islands. Beautiful scenery.
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Vancouver Island has an abundance of great places to visit and camp. Both on the coast and inland. Once there you quickly loose track that you are on an island, a very big island. It is larger than many countries! Elevations range from sea level to 2,200 metres (7,216 ft)
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