The first two pages of this trip report cover the sailing from Horseshoe
Bay to Nanaimo - Departure Bay on BC Ferry Coastal Renaissance. This page
shows the return sailing we took on July 16th on BC Ferry Queen of
Cowichan, which is an older ship.
50. It's now Friday, July 16, 2021, and we are back at Nanaimo - Departure
Bay Ferry Terminal for our return trip to Horseshoe Bay. Nanaimo also
has Duke Point Ferry Terminal with service to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
Approaching Departure Bay Ferry Terminal Nanaimo BC
51. We did not have a reservation, so had to wait for the next sailing.
Which turned out to be ok, as we have already sailed on Coastal Renaissance
(the ship we just missed), and the next ship was an older Queen of
Cowichan, and it was interesting to compare the two. Here we are
boarding the Queen of Cowichan.
Departure Bay Ferry Terminal
52. It's a somewhat complicated boarding procedure. Just
past the entry point, a crew member faces the traffic and points to his
left or to his right. To his left (your right) is a vast area, and it's
easy to see where to go. But, to his right (your left), there is a ramp
right next to the wall, and the ramp is not very obvious at first as it
makes a right hand curve and soon disappears out of sight, so there was
some confusion when he pointed us that way, but we figured it out.
Something to remember when boarding Queen of Cowichan.
Boarding Queen of Cowichan BC Ferry
Bay. See ya!
Leaving Departure Bay Ferry Terminal
our video of Queen of Cowichan Leaving
56. Let's check out the inside of Queen of Cowichan.
Queen of Cowichan BC Ferry
57. Turned out to be rather uninspiring after Coastal Renaissance. If
what's inside the ship is important to you, Coastal Renaissance is
definitely the ship to take. Queen of Cowichan felt more cramped
and not as well designed or decorated. The progress is obvious with
Inside Queen of Cowichan BC Ferry
58-59. Checking out the upper vehicle deck.
BC Ferry Queen of Cowichan Vehicle Deck
60-61. The views turned out to be much better sailing back
to Horseshoe Bay, perhaps
because the sun was shining in the right direction.
View from ferry en route to Horseshoe Bay
62-63. Speaking of Coastal Renaissance.
Coastal Renaissance BC Ferry
64-65. Closer to the end of the sailing, we got this fine zoomed photos
of downtown Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge.
Downtown Vancouver Zoomed View from a BC Ferry
Lions Gate Bridge Zoomed View from a BC Ferry
our video of Downtown Vancouver seen from Queen of
66-68. Here is one of the more peculiar places to
live in Metro Vancouver -
Passage Island. You need a boat to get here, and then pretty much
have thousands of people look at your house on a daily basis as they
pass by in all kinds of ships and boats.
Houses on Passage Island British Columbia Canada
House on Passage Island British Columbia
69. A busy sea: our Queen of Cowichan, a sailing boat to the right,
a tug with a barge to the left, and Queen of Capilano (Horseshoe
Bay to Bowen Island) BC Ferry straight ahead.
73. Docking at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal next to Queen of Surrey.
BC Ferry Docking at Horseshoe Bay Terminal
74. And we are back on the road.
Leaving Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal
If you have an option and would like a better overall sailing
experience, Coastal Renaissance is the ship to take. But, if you just
want to check out the views and/or get from point A to point B, either
one of these ships will do the job just fine.