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Ferries

There is a ferry from downtown to North Vancouver called the Seabus which is described further later on this page.. There are also ferries from the West End, near the foot of Hornby street over to Granville Island Public Market. They also have service to Science World at the East End of False Creek. They operate from about 10 AM to 6 PM. Phone 604-689-5858 or 604-684-7781. (There are 2 companies operating these).

Vancouver Island, Gulf & San Juan Islands / Seattle:

For information and schedules for Ferries to Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the BC Coast, go to BC Ferries. For Information on Washington State, BC and Alaska Ferries, go to The Ferry Traveller. There are city buses connecting with the ferry system in both Vancouver and Victoria. travelling time is about 1 to 1.5 hours to both city centers from the ferry terminals at Swartz Bay (Victoria) and Tsawassen (Vancouver). Basically here is how you do it: Catch bus #601 "South Delta" from Howe and Georgia Streets to the Ladner Exchange. Once there, transfer to bus #640 "Tsawwassen Ferry". This will take you right to the ferry terminal. From the Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island, take bus # 70 "Pat Bay Highway" to Victoria. Also see the Vancouver & Victoria transit links in the "Public Transit Links" table above. You can catch a coach bus to Victoria or othe rpoint son Vancouver Island from the main Vancouver Bus Depot located opposite the Main Street Skytrain Station on the Expo line. If you want info on the Ferry between Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsular and Victoria, try Ferries between the Olympic Peninsular and Vancouver Island. There is a high speed catamaran ferry between Seattle and Victoria. The link is Victoria Clipper . The US San Juan Islands can be accessed from Bellingham, 30 miles south of the border.

There are also coach buses that leave on a regular basis from the Main street Bus terminal near the main street Skytrain Station. These are more expensive than city buses, but if you have luggage, they are more convenient, since the bus travels on the ferry as well. There are several a day. This bus also does pickups at the Richmond Delta Pacific Resort Hotel near the Airport. This is probably the easiest way to get to Victoria from the Airport if your in a hurry, even though it also necessitates a short taxi ride from the airport to the Hotel, click Pacific Coach lines for the schedule. See the Airport section for information on how to get to the Ferry from the Airport.

Vancouver - Nanaimo:

There is  a new (October 2003)  ferry service ( foot passengers only) between Vancouver Harbour & Nanaimo Harbour. (Central Vancouver Island) .See their Web Site at  HarbourLynx. In Vancouver, their terminal is located at the Seabus terminal, which also happens to be Waterfront Station on the Expo Skytrain line (last downtown station). They run 3 sailings a day each way. Prices run around $25 each way, $45 return or $200 for a book of ten. It's  pricier than BC Ferries, but a lot less hassle, since the terminals are downtown.

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The Seabus:

The City of North Vancouver is only accessible from the rest of Vancouver via 2 Bridges (Lions Gate and Iron Workers Memorial, also known as Second Narrows). In the late 70's the Seabus was introduced as a partial solution. These are fast Catamaran Ferries that run between Waterfront Skytrain Station at the foot of Granville, and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The trip takes about 15 minutes and is the cheapest harbour tour going. You can use your bus or Skytrain Transfer.

False Creek:

These small ferries connect various tourist points along False Creek at the south side of the downtown core. They are are not part of the public transit system. They connect places like Granville Island, the planetarium, Science world, etc together. You can access them via rapid transit. Yaletown station on the Canada Line and Main Street station on the Expo line are in easy walking distance. See their website at www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca

 

             
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