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Posted: 12/30/09 01:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tom/Barb, no guns or animals on this trip.
Not familiar with the Narrows bridge to Gig Harbor, then the floating bridge over Hood Canal....no reference on mapquest either....what is the route#.


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If you have time and really want to see some places, you could jump over to the coast at Olympia and travel around the Olympic Pennisula. The rain forests are a real site. Cape Flattery is the farthest west pont on the 48 continental states. You didn't say when you are coming. Sometime it is crowded along the coast.
The Coho Ferry is ackward for loading and unloading. It is not bad, just for some nerve racking. The ferrry personnel don't what you to hit anything as much as you don't want to hit anything. Memory serves it is side on and off.
Birch Bay State park would be a choice and day trip to Vancouver.
We did day trips to Victoria from Port Angeles when we lived on the wet side of Washington.
If you do have animals to visit Canada, you need the vacination certificates not just the tags.
The Butchart Gardens is the only thing you may need a vehicle for. There is good transit service.
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/info_desk/route-maps/
The highway is WA SR 104 to cross the Hood Canal Bridge.
There is many ways to see the area. Yes, US 101 up Hood Canal has some sites as well. Each way has their benefits. Keep asking the questions to give your self better ideas.


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Thanks everyone for all the info.....doesn't look like there's any RV park to stay that would allow us to take day trips to both Victoria and Vancouver, so it's starting to look like we'll head towards Port Angeles and take the ferry to Victoria.....then move on to Birch Bay and do Vancouver from there.....we'll be leaving Patterson CA on Saturday and take a few days to get there.

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Posted: 12/30/09 02:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check with Coho ferry people. You were able to leave rigs in the overflow parking lot while daytripping to Victoria.

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If you have the time to enjoy a bit of Vancouver Island, then bring your rig over and take a few days to enjoy it the way it should be done.

It's not cheap to tow a big fifth around, but if you can forget the cost, BC Ferries offers a circle route that would put you into Victoria first, then up the beautiful eastern seaboard of Vancouver Island to Comox, board another ferry to Powell River and see the Sunshine Coast, then you come back into Vancouver on another two more ferries (that count as one).

Once in Vancouver park your rig at Capilino RV Park for a few days and ride the buses, sea buses, sky trains, or take your own truck around to see the sights.

The thoughts of driving up from the US and going back again the same day is just horrible. Coming up and staying a few nights in a hotel or motel would be better, but still not as good as having your own rig along to use and enjoy.


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Posted: 12/30/09 03:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Artum Snowbird wrote:

If you have the time to enjoy a bit of Vancouver Island, then bring your rig over and take a few days to enjoy it the way it should be done.

It's not cheap to tow a big fifth around, but if you can forget the cost, BC Ferries offers a circle route that would put you into Victoria first, then up the beautiful eastern seaboard of Vancouver Island to Comox, board another ferry to Powell River and see the Sunshine Coast, then you come back into Vancouver on another two more ferries (that count as one).

Once in Vancouver park your rig at Capilino RV Park for a few days and ride the buses, sea buses, sky trains, or take your own truck around to see the sights.

The thoughts of driving up from the US and going back again the same day is just horrible. Coming up and staying a few nights in a hotel or motel would be better, but still not as good as having your own rig along to use and enjoy.


Very good advice....

The Narrows bridge is local talk for the bridge from Tacoma to Gig Harbor it is on Hyw. 16 to Bremerton.

going out to the coast and up is another great scenic route.

Victoria is on Vancouver Island, and is connected to the mainland by several ferry routes, and the City of Vancouver is on the main land about 25 miles north of the Boarder on I-5.
The Canadian portion of your trip will be cut short if you don't plan on about 3-5 days in the area.

* This post was edited 12/30/09 03:40pm by Tom/Barb *


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Posted: 12/30/09 03:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Delman wrote:

Tom/Barb, no guns or animals on this trip.
Not familiar with the Narrows bridge to Gig Harbor, then the floating bridge over Hood Canal....no reference on mapquest either....what is the route#.


That is Highway #16 from Tacoma to Bremerton where you change to #3 to the floating bridge across the Hood Canal.

I think you'd be better to take 101 from Olimpia to highway #8 to highway #12 to Hoquiam/ Aberdeen and north on 101 again to do the coast, thru Forks and end up at P/A to board the Ferry to Victoria.

Staying on 101 out of Olimpia isn't bad either. both take you thru the Olympic national park. and get you to P/A

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Posted: 12/30/09 04:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a heads up as to weather. This time of year, you can expect a lot of rain and possible snow. Temps ranging from the mid 20s to the low 50s. It is possible not to see the sun again until April.

I lived in the Puget Sound basin for 45 years. Definitely bring your rain coats.


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Our son lives in Chilliwack which is very close to Vancouver. They are getting a lot of snow right now. It probably won't stay for very long but it's there now.

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We are in Bellingham 10 miles from Birch Bay State Park. It is a good base to day trip to Vancouver. No snow here today-44 degrees. Don't forget your Passports.

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