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Black Ball Ferry Line

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Address: 430 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1W9, Canada
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a great trip

I took the ferry to Victoria, BC from Port Angeles, WA and it was a smooth ride with friendly crew. the views were great and there was plenty of seating.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Stephanie P
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took the ferry to Victoria, BC from Port Angeles, WA and it was a smooth ride with friendly crew. the views were great and there was plenty of seating.

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Apparently not subject to the political interference that characterises BC Ferries, Thank goodness. A reliable & functional crossing to the USA.

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Thank Mark B
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We always travel to, and often return from, the USA via the Coho ferry service. Might be an "old lady" but the boat gets you to the USA quicker than going BC Ferries and then playing the waiting game at the border crossing. Have been travelling this way for over 40 years.

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Thank CorinneJulian
Hasselt, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived here in the morning, half an hour before the ferry would leave Victoria for Port Angeles. They told us we were not allowed on the boat anymore as we should have been at the gates 2 hours in advance (no one had told us about that and it is not on the website of the ferry company). The... More 

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MVCohoFerry, Manager at Black Ball Ferry Line, responded to this review

Dear TravelAddict3500, Thank you for taking the time to review our ferry service. We were disappointed to hear that you were unable to find the information about pre-sailing arrival times at our terminal, which also serves as an international border. The information can be found on our website in several places (including under the Travel Info/Drive-on section) as well as... More 

Centennial
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled in December when the Washington State ferries don't run to Victoria, BC, Canada. Even with a captive audience they held to the schedule perfectly with precision and professionalism. I wish all businesses operated this well.

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Thank Alex G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great company and great staff. We use the Blackball Ferry for all our trips to Washington State from Victoria. Pets are allowed and the seating is comfortable. It always runs and always on time! Check schedules as they do shut down for maintenance each year. Great value and you may end up enjoying a guitar or band jam session while... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It really is a bad bus ride -- one that you have to show up an hour early for. You are not allowed to simply stay in your car. You won't get a good seat and the whole boat will be full of crying babies and screeching children running over your feet. I think I would rather swim to Victoria.... More 

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MVCohoFerry, Manager at Black Ball Ferry Line, responded to this review

Dear ccmccall, Thank you for taking the time to review our ferry service. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience. When driving on, we ask that customers arrive in Port Angeles one hour before their sailing time, and we begin loading about 30 minutes prior to sailing. This is to assure on-time departures for everyone's convenience.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Port Angeles to catch ride the Black Ball Ferry Line (the Coho) to Victoria. As we decided to walk on, our first order of business was find parking. There is not a large variety of parking options. There is parking across the street in a small garage and Budget rent-a-car, both at $12 per day. There are... More 

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Duncan, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this is an old vessel it is kept in good shape and appears clean. The coffee shop is very minimal and we usually only buy a beverage as the food is not too appetising. I recommend bringing some food for the ride! They offer a duty free kiosk for smokes and alcohol but I've never checked out the prices.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took this Ferry over to Victoria for a quick get a way. The ride back was accompanied by a beautiful sunset.

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