BC Ferries is funny peculiar
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.