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Inside Passage

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Inside Passage

Hi there!

This is my very first time on Trip Advisor and was wondering if someone could impart some of their knowledge in relation to the Port Hardy to Prince Rupert Inside Passage Trip. I will be travelling on this late June 07 and have booked a cabin as well. Given it's a 15hr trip, I don't want to miss the best parts! i would just like to know when should I be up on deck to catch the best scenery and when should i take a nap?

I depart Port Hardy at 7:30am and arrive in Prince Rupert at 10:30pm.

Any advice would be helpful.

Many thanks!

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11. Re: Inside Passage

Is there somewhere safe to put luggage if you dont have a cabin. We haven't booked a cabin but I am wondering if we should

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Check the BC ferries web site. I believe you can check your bags and they stow them for you. As for those that say the trip is dreary or underwhelming don't put to much stock in it. If you get a sunny day it will be unbelievable but its still something special. Sometimes those that live here forget that we live in paradise.

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13. Re: Inside Passage

We did the passage in 2007 on a rainy day and still thoroughly enjoyed it. We saw humpback whales, dolphins, and lots of other wildlife... although no bears.

The only thing we disliked was the parking on the ferry... the way they crammed us in around a pillar in a rental car made us very nervous, but all was fine in the end.

There's some spectacular scenery, particularly in the middle portion of the trip. As for chairs, as far as I remember, yep, you'll have to find your own.

Enjoy!

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I know this is a little late, but dont forget, the vessel is being changed this season. It is brand new and should greatly increase the comfort and convenience of this trip. Also, during the summer months there is no central coast stops so the travel time is greatly reduced. Here is the BC Ferries link to the new vessel. Enjoy your trip!

bcferries.com/about/newbuild/northern_expedi…

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Good point No Name-I meant to post about the new boat but had forgotten.

Some info and pics here

ferriesbc.proboards.com/index.cgi…

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Hi,

We plan to do Port Hardy to Bella Coola next October. Reading all your comments, I presume this is worthwhile even if this cost a lot right ?

Cedric - Geneva

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<<We plan to do Port Hardy to Bella Coola next October.>>

Have you consulted the schedule for the Discovery Coast Ferry?Because the last ferry of the year is in September.

bcferries.com/schedules/…dcp-current.html

Or do you mean Port Hardy-Prince Rupert?

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Many people from around the world have taken the Inside Passage trip, and enjoyed it, especially those from areas with a different geography, I suspect. However the ship does make its way past the leeward side of the coastal islands-a safer route, but also one through more placid waters, and away from the wilder exposed coastline that has a greater variety of scenery.

I would say that one of the best parts of the trip is immediately after leaving Port Hardy. This is because of the high concentrations of marine life in that area. When we did the trip we had an escort from a school of dolphins for a while, and also were treated to a Humpback Whale breaching close to the ship.

If you are going to experience any interesting sea conditions, it’s a good chance it will be around Cape Caution, one of the more exposed parts of the trip (hence the name).

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Many thanks for your replies.

We would like to do "really" Port Hardy to Bella Coola. THe first trip would be from Port Hardy to Bella Bella. We have to transfer to another boat which will apparently do Bella Bella to Bella Coola.

As BCFerries website is quite complicated - as not everything is in French - I think I will have to call them.

Apparently there is a possibility...

Have a nice day,

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