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    Pacific Northwest Ferry travel... routes/access; points of interest

    Not being familiar with the "network" of ferry travel to Vancouver Island & Victoria, I am looking for your opinion on nice options.
    Have only been across Whidbey Isle to Port Townsend myself. Would like to include Victoria & Vancouver BC on a pass through the
    week after Salem. Would consider & not opposed to any idea you may offer, thanks.

    "travel'in" John .... won't be there for a long time, just'a good time

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    Here are two websites for you to look at. Lots of choices.
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    Ride the Washington Coast

    In July I would recommend riding up the Oregon and Washington coast on Hwy 101 to Port Angeles and take the ferry to Victoria from there. The sites along the coast are amazing from Cannon Beach Oregon to the Hoh rain forest in Washington.

    Here is a ferry link:

    You then could take the BC ferries back to the main land in Twassen.

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    +1 to bigdibbs. Though if one is pressed for time the ride up Hood Canal might save a bit of time, and the road is a bit more interesting. The Coho ferry to Victoria is great, and for a bit of variety one could always return through the San Juan Islands or the BC Ferry to Tswassen. Just don't forget you need a passport (or enhanced ID) to visit Canada...

    Bill Johnston

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    I'm on Bainbridge Island, WA

    We have a local distillery and brewery, wine makers too if that's up your alley. Some great eats and a couple local museums that are worth a visit if you're into that. Touratech and Ride West BMW are just across the Puget Sound and ALL the tourist stuff is between them. Just north is the Boeing factory tour.

    Just some ideas if you have time, ride safe!

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    The ride from Anacortes through the San Juans Vancouver Island is spectacular, with two sailings daily in the summer months. I like the idea of going up the canal and then heading east to Port Angeles, but here's another idea. Ride up the canal and go to PT. Take the boat across to Whidbey, ride north across the Deception Pass Bridge (but get off the bike first and take a look), Then take the WSF from Anacortes to Sidney. Save yourself some time and Victoria traffic hassle by taking the open air ferry at Brentwood Bay. Rejoin HWY 1 and head north. South of Nanaimo, take a detour to the Crow & Gate Pub. If you like air museums, stop in at Canadian Forces Base, Comox. There's an air museum in Sydney that's also worth a stop if you have the time. Take the boat from Comox across to Powell River. From there it's some nice riding and incredible scenery on two ferry runs in getting south to West Vancouver.
    Last edited by rkoreis; 01-23-2013 at 01:45 AM. Reason: Ouch! bad grammatical error.

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    Thank you everyone...thats the kind of INSIDE info needed for good trip planning. Its what you dont know, that bites!

    Travel'in John

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