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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 19th, 2006, 12:24 pm Thread Starter
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Question Ferry Information

I'm planning out my Western U.S./Canada tour, and am considering taking the ferry from Port Angeles on the Olympic Penninsula to Vancouver, BC to avoid the Tacoma/Seattle/Bellingham loop. The ferry I have schedules/rates on is the M.V. Coho. Anyone have information or insight on this? Recommended? Can I just ride up w/out a reservation? Do I need my own tie down straps?

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post #2 of 7 Old Jun 19th, 2006, 1:00 pm
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i did this last year

YES>... get reservations for this ferry.... though you may not need them
get there at least 45 minutes BEFORE sailing time

http://www.cohoferry.com/

i brought no straps... it's a pretty protected waterway... most of the time

it was great
riding through victoria was amazing
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i was there with my '02 LT

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I lived in both Port Angeles and Seattle.

Motorycles get preferential treatment on Ferries and head of the line priveledge. I have never made a reservation and have had my bike on many times. Never used any straps either. MC's are the first vehicles directed to drive off.
You will be directed to the front and parked to the extreme left or ride side against the walls. I have found placing the bike on the sidestand and in gear
was all I needed to do.

When the are full of cars they will look for any remaining MC's that have driven up and are parked and waiting - they are motioned up and placed in the aft end so they won't have to wait for the next ferry.

Ferry workers take good care of bike folks in my experience.
*Then go up and get a cup of Starbucks and enjoy the ride!!
P.S. > When ya get into the Canadian side they serve French Fries with gravy - Try it, they are delicious!

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One of our homes is in Port Angeles. As stated, you'll have no problems with your bike on the PA to Victoria ferry. You will likely be loaded "first on and first off".

My $0.02 worth, if you don't already plan on doing this, would be to bring your passport. We've never worried about having our passports along with us in times past (drivers license always seemed to work just fine in Canada if need be) but in the last year or so they've been asking for passports. Security in action I guess...

Have a great trip!
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One of our homes is in Port Angeles. As stated, you'll have no problems with your bike on the PA to Victoria ferry. You will likely be loaded "first on and first off".

My $0.02 worth, if you don't already plan on doing this, would be to bring your passport. We've never worried about having our passports along with us in times past (drivers license always seemed to work just fine in Canada if need be) but in the last year or so they've been asking for passports. Security in action I guess...

Have a great trip!
I'm going to bring both my passport and copy of my birth certificate, just as I do whenever I travel outside the country. One less thing to worry about.

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I'm going to bring both my passport and copy of my birth certificate, just as I do whenever I travel outside the country. One less thing to worry about.
you can leave the birth certificate at home...
a passport supercedes it in every country, in every situation in 2006

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Bikes are held to their side stands with multiple ropes secured on railings from above which hang down from both sides of the ship. The intent is to hold the bike down in position against it's side stand. I've seen bikes which were tied the opposite way fall over, usually against a car or a staircase (ouch!) caused by a sharp turn of the vessel. Then again, those were Harleys. So try to stay on the port side, left of the ship.
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