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Ode to the BC Ferries

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Confession: I love BC Ferries

How I love thy chocolate buffet filled with Roger’s chocolates, decadent cupcakes, chocolate mousse cups, Florentines, four different kinds of chocolate cake, Grand Marnier Mountains, and  - oh my, I must go back for more!

I love the serenity of the Seawest Lounge, the chaos of the playground, the flat screen TV’s playing the hockey games, the coffee machines (Dear Lord, thank you for blessing the BC Ferries with Americano machines that make divine coffee for us unfortunate coffee snobs of the world).

I love the Smart Start breakfast (it’s actually good!), the wireless internet, and best of all, the fact that I can get my toes done while en route to a business meeting in Vancouver? Heaven.

Oh sure, the line-ups suck, but I don’t wait in line anymore.  I just make a reservation.  Basically – let’s all admit it – we have a habit of bitching about BC Ferries.  We love to complain, we love to moan, but really, when I think about it, BC Ferries has been a part of my whole life for a very long time, touching me in ways I didn’t think possible (seriously, read on).

I remember as a little girl playing up at the front of the beige interior  Queen of Burnaby, beneath the watchful eye of the queen.

 

BC Ferries trip to Vancouver Island - very scenic cruise

BC Ferries trip to Vancouver Island - very scenic cruise

Then I’d wanderoff to peruse the magazine stand for an Archie comic book after a quick gawk at the big kids in the arcade. I remember looking forward to the chicken strips, fries, and the gravy, oh, the gravy!! And now my kids love the ferry rides, wandering around on the outer decks, looking at the islands, wondering which ones they are, checking out the life rafts and other boats on the horizon.  They love the play areas, the buffet (young kids eat free), and we’ve even recovered (twice!) a precious stuffed animal that was left on board through the care and attention of the crew.

 

But it was really in one of my darkest hours that BC Ferries really came through for me.  I was pregnant with our first, just past the five month mark, and heading over to Vancouver to visit with family, when I got the call from my family doctor that something was drastically wrong and I need to do an about-face and return to Victoria immediately.  I had just driven on the boat, we had just left the dock and we were still 90 minutes from Vancouver. I sat in my car as the tears streamed down my face and in complete shock wondered how on earth I was going to turn my car around and get back on the boat, while collecting my husband from the other side.

Mandy Farmers children love BC Ferries

Mandy's children love BC Ferries

I managed to make my way to the Chief Steward who took me in her arms and led me up to a state room.  She got me tea, she got someone to sit with me, and she took my car keys and made sure that someone would turn my car around for me. I never paid for that state room and of course, no one asked.

We lost that baby, but are now blessed with two gorgeous little kids, and a sincere appreciation for the world class ferry system we all fortunate to have.

I think it’s high time we all embraced, celebrated and promoted BC Ferries for what it is: a gorgeous mini-cruise through some of the most picturesque islands in the world with all-you-can-eat Roger’s Chocolates in the buffet.

 

 
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6 Responses to “Ode to the BC Ferries”

  1. Innkeeper Ian

    Well said Mandy! It sure seems to be a provincial sport to moan and winge about the ferries but as a world traveller I can say that BC ferries are among the best and least expensive I’ve seen.

  2. john

    I agree with Ian. It’s always easy to find things to complain about but all in all I am really happy with the service and the fact that WE HAVE THE SERVICE. Other jurisdictions around the world are not so lucky. Thanks BC Ferries!

  3. Bill Turner

    I also agree. I travel regularly on BC Ferries and always enjoy the ride. The service and the people who serve are the best! They are our neighbours. Having traveled on many other ferry services I can say these are as good at the best and much better than most. And I have to say that the service and the food has improved since they started ‘branding’ it. Decent coffee, White Spot hamburgers and real chocolate. These folks are trying hard. Right now everyone in the travel business is suffering because of the economy. Lets all keep perspective and be proud of a good thing.

  4. Carol Wong

    And remember Mandy you ” took ” the ferry to your wedding on Savary!

    I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. Anyone who has travelled on other ferry systems in the world knows just how good B.C. ferries are.

  5. Darlene Hollstein

    Mandy – Great Story!!!

    I’ve only been in B.C. for 10 years and I have always called B.C. Ferries Canada’s Cruiseline. Being from the prairies I think the ride and experience is amazaing. I think we all start to take things for granted and start complaining as it is common nature.

    Love our Canadian Cruiselines. Thanks B.C. Ferries.

  6. LA Palamar

    Wonderful bitter,sweet story Mandy. Thanks for taking the time to write it.
    I don’t get to travel on the Ferries very often; I envy you have them as a part of your life.

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