Ferry from Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert?

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    Apr 17, 2015 3:42 PM GMT
    Anyone ever taken this route, north or south, overnight or by day, between PR and Port Hardy? How about the drive from PR to Prince George, and then SE to Kamloops before heading back to Vancouver? I'm thinking of doing this in early-mid June. Any recommended sights along the way, eh?
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    May 02, 2015 3:45 PM GMT
    I would highly recommend that ferry trip. you are going up the straights thru some beautiful country and I'm sure you would enjoy it. The highway from Rupert to PG is called the Yellowhead, #16 and is two lane paved in good shape...lots of small towns to travel through, mountains etc....watch for wildlife on the road.

    If you take 5 south to Kamloops then you can hook up with the Coquihalla to Vancouver which is twinned divided highway. You mite wanna check with BC tourism online for more info, but If you like the outdoor beauty, then you are choosing a very beautiful and diversified trip.

    best of luck


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    May 02, 2015 3:53 PM GMT
    2452North saidI would highly recommend that ferry trip. you are going up the straights thru some beautiful country and I'm sure you would enjoy it. The highway from Rupert to PG is called the Yellowhead, #16 and is two lane paved in good shape...lots of small towns to travel through, mountains etc....watch for wildlife on the road.

    If you take 5 south to Kamloops then you can hook up with the Coquihalla to Vancouver which is twinned divided highway. You mite wanna check with BC tourism online for more info, but If you like the outdoor beauty, then you are choosing a very beautiful and diversified trip.

    best of luck


    Thanks, man! It's all coming together nicely, even w/ no cabin on the ferry from PH to Rupert! Poring over tourist guides, maps, googling like crazy, and lovin' every minute of it! I'm going to overnite near Tweedsmuir and Francois Lake, swing SE from PG to Jasper and Banff, and then down to Kelowna before I head back to SEA and PDX. Those 19 hours of daylight are going to be the best! Another nice surprise: Canadian lodgings are very inexpensive! I am definitely psyched!
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    May 02, 2015 3:57 PM GMT
    if you go down 5 then you should divert the hour drive east to Jasper for sure and yes, I recommend Banff as well but there are a lot of tourists. Kelowna is my old stomping grounds, it is beautiful, the lake is huge and the terrain is the northern end of the Sonoran desert....wine country, we call it Napa north. If you've been to Tahoe it will remind you of there. Take some tours of the wineries, some excellent award winning wines....and the weather is nice and hot so you are going at a good time.
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    May 02, 2015 4:00 PM GMT
    I meant to say if you go to Jasper then instead of taking 5 south, you should go on 97 south through the Columbia Icefields. you can take helicopter tours of the glaciers...the highway south is paved but suffers from seasonal frost heaves, still lots of places to stop and admire the scenery.
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    May 02, 2015 4:18 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidAnyone ever taken this route, north or south, overnight or by day, between PR and Port Hardy? How about the drive from PR to Prince George, and then SE to Kamloops before heading back to Vancouver? I'm thinking of doing this in early-mid June. Any recommended sights along the way, eh?


    The ferry ride will be between 12-15 hours. The drive from PR to Prince George is about 8 hours. You've picked a good time, as your dollar is worth about $1.20 CDN.



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    May 02, 2015 4:41 PM GMT
    The Race to Alaska will be on. You could always hop a ride with those guys... offer to take a turn at the oars...
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    May 02, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    I've been to Jasper & Banff before but in February, so it'll be nice to see them in Summer. I've been hearing nothing but good things about Kelowna, which is why I'm headed there. The drive from Rupert to Jasper is the one that intrigues me most, and I'm going to do it in full dawdle mode. Those hot springs look inviting, too.

    Just decided to ferry over to Victoria from Tsawassen in Vancouver, instead of via Port Angeles; more sailing options so I needn't lock myself into a reservation - unless anyone knows better. LOTS of nice gay-friendly/owned B&Bs in Victoria, too. I like to row, but all the way to Alaska might be a bit much ... this year! Thanks for the info and suggestions!
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    May 02, 2015 5:13 PM GMT
    if you're driving up island it is twinned but be prepared for a cluster fuck, but then again, compared to driving around Seattle it will be like you're on ludes....have a fun trip.
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    May 02, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    2452North saidif you're driving up island it is twinned but be prepared for a cluster fuck, but then again, compared to driving around Seattle it will be like you're on ludes....have a fun trip.


    Hey, I remember 'ludes! But, I always liked the colors better!
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    May 03, 2015 3:28 AM GMT
    Banff is spectacular, but the Columbia Icefields at Jasper are just amazing. I wonder if they've diminished over the years, though, with the warming trends. I was there in the 1970s.
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    May 09, 2015 6:18 PM GMT
    WHEW! Just got word from BC Ferries that I cleared the waitlist for a cabin on the overnight ferry from Pt. Hardy to Pr. Rupert! I was NOT looking forward to camping out in a seat all night, however short it will be. Having been to Banff before, I decided to forsake it for Revelstoke and Kelowna on this trip, which I'll get to via Jasper and Lake Louise. I am definitely psyched for this trip! icon_cool.gif