BC Ferries is a funny entity. My view has been if you offer reservations, it should be for most of the boat. I was travelling on a July Saturday and knew it was busy because I could not reserve from their online system.
I wanted the 9 AM sailing and so I planned to be out the door by 7 AM, assuming a 45-minute drive to Tsawwassen where the ferry terminal to Victoria is. Traffic was light so I made in in 40 minutes and I subsequently was loading onto the 8 AM sailing. This was a surprise considering a few days earlier I could not reserve the 8, 9 or 10 AM sailings with their online system.
Of course the ride is amazing from a scenery perspective. Passing through Active Pass is always glorious.
For amenities, it all varies from ship to ship, but we enjoyed a gift shop on board which is a collection of knick-knacks, books and clothes. The cafeteria has the basics in the AM for bacon and eggs and so forth with a burger selection in the afternoon.
On shore, we enjoyed a series of craft shops under tents in the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. And it wasn’t crazy pricing. And it was nice to see local artisans able to show their wares.Author Google+ Profile