This weekend I got back from a few days ferry hopping along the Inside Passage up the coast of British Columbia, from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, with Scott and MK — friends, former coworkers, fellow Olympic survivors. They’re on their way across Canada before heading home to Indiana, and I joined them for the first leg of their journey to have one last farewell.
Day 1 – Vancouver to Port Hardy (Vancouver Island)
We took a morning ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, then made our way to Port Hardy, stopping frequently for photo opportunities, bathroom breaks, lunch, and pie.
Day 2 – Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Early the next morning — very eary — too early — like, BC Ferries is trying to kill me early — we boarded the ferry to Prince Rupert, a 15 hour passage through some of the most breathtaking scenery: ocean, forest, rocky islands, snow-topped mountains and even, as the day progressed, sunny skies. Very few glimpses of civilization along the way.
Day 3 – Prince Rupert to Vancouver
In Prince Rupert we got to sleep in, finally — though for me, 7:30 wouldn’t normally be considered sleeping in. We had one last breakfast together before Scott and MK began the long drive to Prince George and I wandered Prince Rupert taking pictures before taking the bus to the ferry to the airport on Digby Island, then home to Vancouver, where I took the train just to be transportationally complete.