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“Travelled to get to Seattle many times with car. Family of four and 1.5 hours...can't complain.”

Black Ball Ferry Line
Ranked #17 of 202 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 15 June 2015

We travelled to the port across from Victoria and return when travelling to Seattle. After the ferry ride, it is a beautiful 1.5 hour drive to Seattle and lots to see or stop and shop. Took advantage of the Ferry, Park and Fly deals.....cheaper to fly from the USA than from Canada and we took many trips using such deals. Ferry is clean, staff are friendly, there is a café and a little shop but mostly we watched a movie on our portable tech stuff until we arrived.

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Reviewed 14 June 2015

If you go to Victoria (unless you opt to fly), you will take a boat. The BC ferry from Vancouver, the WA state ferry from Anacortes, The Victoria Clipper from Seattle or the Black Ball from Port Angeles. I have taken all of these in my various trips to Victoria. The Black Ball has several advantages - takes you straight to the inner harbor (unlike BC or WA ferries), and multiple daily sailings (unlike the Clipper).

The crossing is relatively quick (about 90 minutes) and a great ride. During one trip we saw porpoises, grey whales and orcas! Reasonable cafe, power outlets at the tables, small but attractive gift shop. You can also buy tickets to several Victoria attractions on board the Coho (the Black Ball ferry). You can make reservations for the ferry, though they do save some room for walk-ons (or roll-ups) on each sailing.

The drive to Port Angeles is about 2-1/2 hours from Seattle - slightly shorter than the drive to Anacortes or Tsawassen (Vancouver), but very scenic. Would be easy to add a night in PA to enjoy more of the area.

2  Thank Kate R
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

Great option if your coming back to the mainland and want to drive through Seattle. nice sceinic drive on the coast mountains. the sailing is comfortable, everyone must be on deck on this older ferry. the border scan is fairly efficient and does not take too long on either side. the only real hastle is the traffic you may hit getting into Tacoma. there is an optional ferry to go into seattle but did not want to risk a longer wait. food on the ferry is limited to the traditional fare, Hot Dogs, pre made sandwiches, chicken strips and fries. lots of snack type food for the younger crowds.

1  Thank Dean L
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

A great service from Victoria to Port Angeles. And you can bring your car. The fees are reasonable, the ferry in good repair, the crew pleasant and professional. Getting there is like, well, being on holiday. Already planning the next get-a-way.

1  Thank Craig T
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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.

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