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“Liked Riding on the Black Ball Ferry!”

Black Ball Ferry Line
Ranked #17 of 203 things to do in Victoria
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Owner description: Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship's many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region's favorite hotels, we'll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 May 2015

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.

5  Thank kaww0502
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Reviewed 1 May 2015

We could have taken the ferry from Anacortes to Vancouver Island for the senior rate of $103.50 on a Washington State ferry. Black Ball does not offer a senior rate, and it cost us $165. We have been told that the Anacortes to Sidney, B.C. ride is very scenic. Actually if we were to do this again, we would take the high speed passenger ferry from Seattle. You do not need a car in Victoria. Public transportation is excellent, even to Butchart Gardens. Besides, you can walk everywhere.

3  Thank LindaMG
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MVCohoVictoria, Manager at Black Ball Ferry Line, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2015

Hello LindaMG,

Thank you for taking time to review our ferry service, we are happy to hear you enjoyed the MV COHO, which arrives in the middle of downtown Victoria in the beautiful Inner Harbour!

As a private non-subsidized ferry operator, we are proud to say that our rates are competitively priced with other transportation services to Vancouver Island. Our 90-minute crossing from Port Angeles is the most direct route from Washington State to Victoria, BC and many of our passengers comment on the beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains in Port Angeles and the Inner Harbour in Victoria. While we do not offer senior rates in the summer, our rate of $126 for a vehicle and driver round-trip is actually cheaper than the $127.50 senior rate from Washington State Ferries in the summer. Depending on where you are travelling from, our route can also help save time and money spent on gas.

We hope to see you on board again soon!

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Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our first time on this ferry line. We travelled Victoria to Port Angeles. The trip was exactly what we expected.

Positives:

1. Pet friendly with two large areas where pets welcome.

2. Loads of window seating with tables.

3. Duty Free on board.

4. Exceptional staff. They are on the ball, well trained and equipped and friendly.

5. On time, organized and clean.

Negatives:

1. Couldn't remain in vehicle during sail.

3  Thank carpediem109115
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

We went on a day trip to Victoria from Port Angeles in March. We left the car at the hotel we were staying at ( though there are parking areas within a block of the ferry terminal) and walked to the ferry in the morning. Arrived 25 minutes before departure, bought round trip tickets, waited a few minutes and were boarded. The whole process was quick and efficient. On board we bought coffee, found seats with a nice view and sat back to enjoy the ride. Disembarking 90 minutes later was just as easy. Went out on deck as the ferry got closer to Victoria. We had a great time sightseeing and going to the museum and returned at the end of the day. Victoria is very walkable but there are also water taxis and other transportation if you need it. If we made the trip again, we'd considered taking a carry-on and overnighting at a downtown Victoria hotel. No car, no traffic, no hassles-loved it!


3  Thank nrretreat
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Reviewed 19 April 2015

There are not many crossings to Victoria from Port Angeles, so if you are taking your car I would highly recommend making a reservation to hold a spot. If you do not, I would in season, I would show up for the ferry that leaves before the one you want to go on so you are first in line. I heard stories even in February of people missing the last one arriving close to the time and having to wait for the morning ferry. Walk-on's are no problem at all.
Basic snack food and drinks on the ferry. It's a long crossing for kids, bring something to entertain them.

Thank GreshamJim
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