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Away with the Ferries

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All photos taken on July 20, 2021.

On our way to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, we paused briefly at the nearby shopping center to ensure we would arrive within the required time parameters. In the end, we arrived at the ferry check-in booth one minute after 1:00 PM. No check-in issues and they took our money just fine. We pulled into lane 41 to await boarding. Ferries came and ferries went until 1:45 when we were told to get ready to board.

We were soon on board and safely parked in the left outside row. OK, so we were going to be last off. What was our rush? As soon as the adjacent rows were parked, we masked up and braved the stairs to get to the upper decks for the sailing.

Lines were dropped and the ferry maneuvered back and forth, before sailing free of the landing platform. The ship’s horn sounded and we were off. What do you think of the photo bomber in the third shot? Meanwhile, a Great Blue Heron stood on guard on the dock pilings.

As the props sped up and the ferry gathered speed, gulls swooped and whirled alongside, looking for whatever food was churned up in the ferry’s wake. We passed freighters and other ferries, before hitting the Strait of Georgia.

We were soon in between the South Gulf Islands, headed for Active Pass. My tour companions scanned the horizon for sea life from the rail.

Island communities and grand cottages floated by at a leisurely pace.

In Active Pass, we passed a succession of ferries coming and going. Horns were sounded long and loud, always preceded by a PA announcement. We still jumped.

Sailboats, pleasure boats and work boats flittered about and all was right in the world.

Lighthouse on an island as we exit Active Pass
Almost there.

On shore at last, we drove the 30 minutes into Victoria and checked into our hotel, where we would spend the next 4 nights. Happily, they still had some Covid protocols in place, including masks for staff, restrictions for elevator use by people in the same bubble, and no room service until the room was turned over.

After a tortuous tour through a nearby shopping center parking lot maze, we found take out supper and headed over to Fada’s (nickname for my wife’s Irish father – it is a right slanted accent mark over a vowel in Irish Gaelic). Supper and visiting occurred as we caught each other up.


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

21 thoughts on “Away with the Ferries

  1. Wow Allan! I loved watching the beautiful pictures. I can just imagine myself lying on the deck, and gazing the beauty of nature. I have been on no ferries, but this one just attracts me, draws me in!
    Hope you will have an awesome time, one day I will accompany you for sure!

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    1. I agree. This ferry ride on a good day is mesmerizing, like watching ocean waves crash, a fireplace burn or fish in a fish tank. You can’t look away. Thanks for coming along on the crossing. Have a great day. Allan

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    1. It is a great cruise on a beautiful day. Sometimes, you even see seals, dolphins and whales. Yes, things did work out rather well despite the circumstances. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. Yes we did. So many times, you are going over in the rain or fog, but this day was perfect. While it would be nice to have one of these homes, I am not sure I would like the isolation from the necessities, including medical care. Like you say, one can always dream. Thanks for reading John. Allan


    1. I mean how did that guy position himself exactly in the corner of the shot? I knew he was in there when I snapped, I just did not know where. The ferry ride was brilliant. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  2. Love the heron! Sea gulls not so much! Great sailing day. Like you I always jumped at the horns blaring. My favourite way to get around that neck of the woods was our friend’s sail boat. Another life time ago that was.

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    1. Seagulls are just plain sneaky. The heron typically hunts by skill and stealth. It was the perfect day for a crossing. Yes, I can see how being in a sailboat out there would have benefits. We once crossed from False Creek to Bowen Island on a friend’s sail boat and other than dodging the ferries and freighters, it was pretty nice. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  3. I generally enjoy taking the ferry. It’s fun to look out on the water and you never really know what you might find, whether it’s other boats, marine life, picturesque lighthouses or interesting cottages along the shore. Great capture of the Great Blue Heron. Take care. Linda

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    1. I agree. As the driver, it gives a chance to view the scenery instead of simply scanning the road like a Cylon. Active Pass is a pretty route. Not sure what all the residents think of the continual horn blowing, but it seems the price of solitude in this case may be noise. The Great Blue was in position to see what food the ferry stirred up I am sure. Thanks for reading Linda. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  4. Wow, what a fascinating crossing, Allan. The views from the upper dock – the rocky coves…the homes on the islands… the lighthouse are all quite incredible, and I am glad to see you had sunny weather to fully enjoy them. It must be an amazing experience to catch a ferry to Vancouver Island during the peak whale watching season! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. No whales on the crossings at this point, but there were some off the shore near Victoria and there are always whales up at Telegraph Cove. The homes and lighthouse on the rocky shore do present an idyllic look, for sure. Hope you have a great weekend. Aiva. Allan

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