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Day Trippin' to BC

Helpful tips & lessons learned on my spring break with Tre Arrow.
1: Geo Metros were not designed to be camping vehicles

2:Victoria BC _can_ be done as a day trip from Oregon, with enough planning ~and enough coffee. Round-trip, Seattle to Victoria, via Victoria Clipper starts at $63 with 24 hours advance purchase (valid September 22, 2003 - May 14, 2004) valid Mon - Thurs (remember: no jail visits on Thursday) So if you make your appointment to see Tre first thing in the a.m., the morning before your trip, you can then book passage on the ferry and get the good rate.(Make sure to get the earliest appointment, at 2:20, to allow enough time for both a good visit and getting back to the harbor in time for your ferry)

The Victoria Clipper leaves Seattle at 8:00am, arriving in BC at 10:30, the returning ferry leaves the BC harbor at 5:00pm beginning April 3rd there will be a ferry leaving BC for Seattle at 6pm. Buses, trains or cars can get you to the Seattle ferry. Drive time from PDX is about 3 hours.

Visitors Information, right on the BC harbor, has a fabulous -and free- map at their front counter. Printed on both sides, one side actually shows Wilkinson road!

You can catch the #21 bus (northbound) to Wilkinson Road on Douglass Street, just a few blocks from the harbor. Buses leave approximately ever half hour, and take about 20 minutes to get to the Victoria Island Correctional Center, so you'll want to catch your bus around 1:30. On Douglass Street, you will also find coffee, cheap eats, and bike rentals, all within a few blocks of the bus stop. Bikes can be rented for $6, and most buses have bike racks.

To get in for the visit (and, later, for your re-entry to the US) you will need a valid drivers license or government identification card, as well as one or more of the following: Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Social Security Card.

3: The ferry from Port Angelese to BC _APPEARS_ to cheaper, but there is no way to get back to the harbor from the jail in time to catch the ferry back to Port Angeles.

4:An over night in BC coast WAY more than the clipper to Seattle

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