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“Great Ferry Experience”

Black Ball Ferry Line
Ranked #26 of 200 things to do in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Black Ball Ferry Line operates the M.V. Coho passenger and vehicle ferry linking Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island with Port Angeles, WA on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. During the 90 minute crossing, enjoy the ship's many amenities including the cafeteria, gift shop, duty free store, comfortable interior lounges, solarium and pet-friendly areas. Year round daily service is provided. Save big by booking a ferry and hotel stay with our exclusive package deals! In addition to our great prices at the region's favorite hotels, we'll pay your reservation fee for a guaranteed space on your desired sailing time when you book a package. Our Captain and Crew look forward to welcoming you on board the ship!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 9 July 2014

I've never done a walk on to a ferry, but it was so easy and hassle free. There was plenty of parking in Port Angeles for our car. We left it for 2 days and had no problems. There are several lots from $6-$10 a night. We opted for the cheapest lot. There was plenty of parking too. We bought our tickets 2 hours before departure. No need to book ahead for walk on. The process was easy and quick. The ride was pleasant. I loved that they played the Black Ball Ferry song at the beginning and end of the trip.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

I've taken this ferry many times on different vacations. It's a great way to get from Port Angeles to Victoria. Efficient, not too long, about 90 minutes. It's a bit of a hassle lining up early and doing the security check and customs clearance but that come with the territory. Make reservations for a date and time to avoid lining up even earlier. The ferry is large with comfortable seating and a small food concession. This ferry can cut some driving miles and time off a trip.

Thank Shaymur
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We took this ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria (and return). It is a very large ferry (originally built for logging trucks) and you are required to exit your car to go to passenger areas. This was an issue for us as my mom is on a walker, and there is no inside elevator. Consequently, she had to go up the walk on passenger ramp which is about the length of three football fields (as per the Ferry personnel) as opposed to riding in the car (and going up about 30 stairs) with me. We had told the Ferry line folks about this, they were supposed to put an orange "cone" on our car so someone could assist her with a wheel chair, but this never happened (going). Then, when we got off in Victoria, the people in the Victoria Terminal had no idea where my mom was supposed to go to meet me at the car (the walk on passenger terminal is actually several blocks from the car exit). We found each other, but it was not a fun start to our trip. On the way back, I talked to the folks (again) about my mom's handicapped status, and the Ferry folks still did not mark our car with the orange cone. Fortunately, while we were waiting to go through border check out, the immigration agent was able to find us a "cone" to mark our car, and the Ferry people did provide a wheelchair escort to get my mom on and off the ship (they were supposed to do this coming and going, it was immigration, not the Ferry people, who took the initiative). Consequently, if you are traveling with a handicapped person, I would repeatedly go to the ferry office if need be to get the "cone" to insist on the handicapped help they are supposed to provide. Otherwise, once on-board the ship is fine. Not luxury, it is a ferry, comfortable but utilitarian chairs, large restrooms, etc. (Boat can take 500 passengers). They have a restaurant, but we did not try it. Was thinking we might see some sort of wildlife - seals, sea lions, dolphins, maybe even orcas but nothing either way. Lots of folks who apparently take the Ferry more regularly brought cards and stuff to play during the trip, so either they've seen it all before or don't expect to see much.

Otherwise, checking in on the U.S. side (to go to Canada) is faster than on the Canadian side going to the U.S. On the U.S. side, they basically go to your car and check for the number of passengers. They want you there an hour early to check everything out but some folks came in later. On the Canadian side, when you are going back to the U.S., they are much "stricter" about you being in your car at a certain time, getting your passport scanned (you go to the office for that after they've checked you out in your car) etc. so it takes an hour and a half to go through and they don't really make allowances for late arrivals. Going through final immigration on either side was actually relatively quick (20-30 minutes, including having people drive off), especially given the large number of cars going through. Since the Ferry ride itself is about 1 and 1/2 hours, figure the total trip/line up/immigration time to be 3 to 3 1/2 hours from dock to dock depending on the direction you are traveling.

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MVCohoVictoria, Manager at Black Ball Ferry Line, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear John G,

Thank you for taking the time to review our ferry service. We were dismayed to hear that you and your mother did not have a good experience with our ship’s access for the mobility challenged. This is not typical, and we will take your feedback as an opportunity to improve our communication between customers and our staff.

You are right, our ship does not have an elevator. However, our employees are happy to provide wheelchair service for those with mobility issues. When a customer arrives, they should indicate to the ticket staff that they require wheelchair assistance. A dockhand will bring a wheelchair and assist the passenger up the ramp. There are three parts to our single ramp in Port Angeles, measuring about 150-feet in total length. At the end of the sailing on the Victoria side, our porters will bring the passenger down to the car deck to meet up with their party once again and continue on to Customs processing. The same procedure occurs in the reverse direction. Cars are marked with a cone so that they may be recognized by dock personnel.

Our ship carries up to 1000 passengers and features comfortable seating throughout, with wheelchair-friendly seating and tables in both the mid-lounge and café.

Thank you again for your review. Please don’t hesitate to bring any concerns to the attention of our crew. We are always happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again soon.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We took this ferry from Victoria, BC, Canada to Port Angeles, Washington. We had a vehicle, and had made reservations online several weeks prior. Our reservations required us to be in line 1 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled departure. We tried to access the internet to get some work done, but we weren't able to connect in our vehicle, outside of our vehicle, or in their office area. We weren't allowed to leave our vehicles while waiting the 1 1/2 hours, so there was literally nothing to do. I guess this long period of waiting is a requirement due to the Homeland Security checks being done. Once onboard, we were required to exit the vehicle, unlike the ferry we had taken from Vancouver to Victoria. It was smooth sailing to Port Angeles however, and there were plenty of comfortable spaces to sit inside.

1  Thank pickygirl09
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Ferry was great, very comfortable and friendly service. Had a visitor center on boat and were helpful in arranging tours in Victoria.

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