1. BC Ferries
Cruising through the Strait of Georgia aboard a BC Ferries vessel comes with choices, and with many benefits, including fresh air out on the deck, breathtaking scenery you can only see from the water, and a good chance of spotting marine wildlife. Sail between Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, and Sidney, 30 minutes from Victoria; or between Horseshoe Bay, north of Vancouver, and Nanaimo. Either way, keep your camera ready, as whales, dolphins, and sea lions frequent this route, particularly in the spring and summer.
Another benefit of ferry travel is on-board amenities. Hungry? Food options include the Coastal Cafe, with some routes featuring White Spot for lunch and dinner, and a coffee shop. Want a keepsake to remember your trip? Passages Gift Shop stocks West Coast jewellery, clothing, books written by Canadian authors, and many other souvenirs.
Insider Tip: Reservations are strongly recommended for vehicles travelling on busy weekends. If you prefer to travel without a vehicle, there is parking at the terminals, and connecting bus service is available.BC Ferries