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Vancouver and seaward

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Vancouver and seaward

We aim to visit family in Nanaimo Van. Is. this April , flying in from U.K. Do ferries run north beyond Prince Rupert that early ? We would like a trip of 5 - 7 days , possibly flying back to Vancouver or V.Is. Thanks Ant.

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1. Re: Vancouver and seaward

Here is the BC Ferry schedule that includes April 2011. It seems that ferries run only twice weekly from Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert and return (and those trips are largely overnight trips, so you wouldn't see that much) -

www.bcferries.com/schedules/inside/prph.html

In terms of flying between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, you have two options -

Hawkair -

http://www.hawkair.ca/

Air Canada -

http://www.aircanada.com/en/home.html

Until recently, we had family in that part of BC. We would use Hawkair. We found fares to be slightly cheaper and better service. Also, Hawkair uses the South Terminal of YVR, which is infinitely quieter than the main terminal. However, a shuttle would be involved if you were wanting to connect to a flight leaving from the main terminal. (Hawkair would provide that to you, on request.)

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"Do ferries run north beyond Prince Rupert that early ? " Not beyond P-Rupert on BC Ferries but there are Alaska Ferries that leave 50km south of Vancouver.

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Sorry, I completely misread your question. Alegre is quite right. BC Ferries don't run beyond Prince Rupert. Here is the webite you want -

http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml

You might also want to post on the Alaska forum.

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It is possible to take BC Ferries from Port Hardy to Rupert and transfer there to the Alaska ferries.

http://www.akms.com/ferry/

"50 km south of Vancouver" means Bellingham, Washington.

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Hawkair offers daily service between Prince Rupert and Vancouver: http://www.hawkair.ca.

"However, a shuttle would be involved if you were wanting to connect to a flight leaving from the main terminal." Please note that effective April 2, 2011 Hawkair will be operating out of Vancouver's Main Terminal, so no terminal transfer will be required, making your trip even easier.

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I do hope that the TA moderators will let post #5 stand. (They sometimes don't in the case of posts from companies providing travel services.) However, this is important information - the change of terminal for Hawkair. Since I sometimes recommend the airline when replying to posts about transportation to and from Prince Rupert/Terrace, it is really helpful to know about the upcoming terminal change at the Vancouver end. I think that the terminal change will be very helpful for people making connections to other flights. However, people from Metro Vancouver flying up and back may be "sad" to lose the advantages of using the south terminal.

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itchy ~ good point because companies are not to come on with self promotion and they should not be surprised if TA removes it. (This is a REALLY old thread.) As you are familiar with HAir, would you consider starting a new thread that outlines this change. That would solve the self promotion aspect. With a suitable thread title, it would be then searchable as well, rather than down here at post #5. We post schedule alerts for other things like Amtrak 2 trains/1 train and BC Ferries summer/winter schedules.

Edited: 12 March 2011, 05:20
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8. Re: Vancouver and seaward

Done, Mufti. Thanks for the suggestion.

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