Our first experience on the Black Ball Ferry was a learning experience! We ride ferries between Seattle and Bremerton all the time but riding the Black Ball was very different! We got to the terminal early as recommended which was great because we were the 1st to drive off the ferry. The staff knows how to get many, many vehicles into what feels like a very tight space and directs everyone onto the belly of the ship. Unlike the ferries in Washington State, you must exit your vehicles in this parking place and stay upstairs in the cabin portion of the ferry as you ride from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C., which we didn't realize as we'd planned to sleep in our car on the trip over.
The cabin seems to fill up very quickly so if you have more than one passenger, let them leave the car as quickly as possible to find a seat for your group upstairs. The table seating goes very quickly and if you don't hustle you may end up having to ask some passengers to move down a few seats so that your party may sit together during the crossing.
They have a cafeteria place where you can order food and eat at during the crossing and they have a duty-free shop which I've never visited before.
Don't forget to turn your cell phones off unless you have international capabilities or you can be charged for roaming charges which can get expensive.
I found that the cabin gets pretty cold as people are going in and out of the cabin doors onto the decks where they can see more sites as the ferry travels to Victoria, so bringing a blanket or warmer coats is helpful.
You may bring food from home into the cabin which is really nice as we like bringing foods that are agreeable with our diets and we nibble en route to our destination.
If you tend to get sea sick you may want to take some medications prior to boarding if it is a rough weather day and the ship will rock around a bit if it's stormy out.
You are also allowed to take pets with you into the cabin. Once you have left your vehicle you are not allowed to go back down into the parking area during the crossing from Port Angeles to Victoria or from Victoria to Port Angeles so make sure you bring everything you think you may want or need during the 1 1/2 to 2 hour crossing.
The trip via ferry is gorgeous particularly if you have a beautiful sunny, dry day so remember to bring your camera or cell phones with cameras in it because it is a lovely ride with some beautiful sites to see.
Coming into the Victoria Harbor is such a site to behold. You can see The Empress Hotel in the distance, a lot of water traffic from float planes, little ferry-type water taxis, privately owned boats, etc. It is such a great site to see especially on good weather days.
When we took the ferry home from Victoria to Washington we left close to sunset and it was a magnificent view of Victoria, the ocean and a gorgeous sunset. It was a pleasant, relaxing, peaceful way to get back to Washington. We eagerly await our next trip on the Black Ball Ferry Line.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.