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Port McNeill - Alert Bay - Sointula Ferry

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Address: Beach Drive, Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: +1 888-223-3779
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A pleasant cruise to Sointula

Cars awaiting the ferry queued in a very orderly fashion both in Port McNeill and Sointula. In Sointula we parked our car in the queue well ahead of the scheduled departure and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Cars awaiting the ferry queued in a very orderly fashion both in Port McNeill and Sointula. In Sointula we parked our car in the queue well ahead of the scheduled departure and had lunch at Coho Joe's overlooking the harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

If you are in the North Vancouver Island area looking for an activity in the rain or sunshine, the ferry to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island is an excellent one day round trip. The cultural centre is well laid out and not overwhelming. Lot of accessible artifacts with local flavour. The waterfront is now well cared for, picturesque and there... More 

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Monroe, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

great day trip but if you are going to stay over must be self contained very little on either island for grocery stores or hotels but that is part of the charm. Crew was very helpful and polite

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Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

this ferry is small and full of characters. everyone seems to know each other! the captain warned us of marine mammals up ahead then slowed the ferry and changed course for the humpback who gave us a great show.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We left the car in the day parking ($5.00) and walked on to the ferry. The Port McNeill facility is only 3 years old so it is very clean and modern with an enclosed waiting area for walk-on passengers. There's a comfortable lounge with lots of seating and vending machines for drinks and snacks. We had purchased a BC Ferries... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

We did a drive on at the Sointula Ferry and a walk on to Alert Bay. Both islands have an abundance of history and some great hiking trails. Alert Bay has a wonderful U'mista Cultural Centre as well as a burial site with many beautiful totem poles.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Port McNeill is interesting but Alert Bay (Cormorant Island) and Sointula are a revelation; this is Canada at its best (at least during our holiday on the west coast). Do try to stay over for a night - we made it at Alert Bay but not on Sointula - they are places of beauty and tranquillity well away from the... More 

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Campbell River, . B.C.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

What can you say about a ferry ride...hmm 100 words. Lots of room to sit upstairs, also they have a sundeck, was windy, but worth standing up there for the ride. Beautiful views of all the islands etc.

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Comox Valley, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

We enjoyed our BC Ferries travel to Alert Bay, especially the small-town feeling. It's easy to buy your ticket, easy to get on and off the ferry, and the people working there are all friendly and approachable. The waiting room and washroom was clean and well-stocked, and the entire boat was in excellent shape. You only pay when leaving Port... More 

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Port Alice, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

We take every ferry we can find on our travels, this one takes you to beautiful Sointula and/or Alert Bay, both of which we loved. Both islands had lots of great little shops, galleries, and restaurants to explore, great scenery to photograph in every direction.

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