Yukon Territory

Departing from Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, BC
to Prince Rupert, BC

After arriving in Port Hardy on north Vancouver Island the afternoon of August 30, we explored the sights. We decided to stay the night in the BC Ferry parking lot. Figured this way we could not miss the boat.  There was a $20 charge for the privilege and we were adequately warned the parking lot would be noisy with the ferry idling next door.

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There were a few people without reservations hoping to get on the boat.  However, all vehicle spots were fully reserved.  The ferry personnel efficiently got everyone loaded, although it took longer than I expected. The BC Ferry Northern Adventure departed from Port Hardy at 7 a.m., destined for Prince Rupert in northern B.C.

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Departing Port Hardy on the ferry

Initially the scenery was typical West Coast ferry fare.

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC

The further north the ferry journeyed, the more scenic it became.   And aside from the scenery, there was not much else to do, other than eat in the ferry's restaurant.

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC
Lighthouse on an island along the route

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC
Isolated homestead on another island

We also visited the pets in the fifth wheel during each scheduled access to the car deck.  During each 20 minute visit, there were numerous dogs strolling about on leash doing their business on the hard surface of the deck.  On a 15 hour boat ride, there are not many options for a dog.  The cat enjoyed her litter box.

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC
Closer to Prince Rupert, the ferry entered into the channel

The mountains oozed up from the water, and in places the fog provided a surreal feeling.  At one point, a lady asked, "Have you ever seen so many trees?"  I wondered where she was from ... certainly not British Columbia!

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC

BC Ferry Port Hardy to Prince Rupert BC

The ferry arrived in Prince Rupert at about 10:30 p.m.  We were fortunate to be one of the first ones off the ferry and first in line for our campsite reservation. 

The folks at the campground were extremely efficient at getting everyone registered and bedded down for the night. 

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