After spending the Sept 14th week in a timeshare in Dead Man's Flats (south of Banff), we have 2 days to get to our timeshare in Nanoose Bay, Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Per Mapquest, this is about a 14 to 15 hr drive to take the West Vancouver Ferry at Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo - would like to make the 12:50 pm ferry on the Sunday, Sept 22.
Where should we stop for the night? Do I need advance hotel reservations or no need this time of year? Any recommendations - just need a budget place for the night that includes breakfast?
Will there be much traffic on Hwy 1 thru Vancouver on Sunday? Do I need ferry reservations on Sunday afternoon?
The following week we are at Birch Bay, WA timeshare - between the border and Bellingham WA. Do we just use the same ferry back to Horseshoe Bay and drive south or is there another ferry from Victoria to somewhere on the WA coastline that would be convenient (just another route that would be different) ?
Generally - how much is the ferry service for a car and 2 adults? Hard to tell - maybe $55 for the car and about $20 for each person?
Thanks for any help.