Coho Ferry from Port Angeles
One of the most convenient ways to get to Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast in Victoria is to come as a foot passenger from Port Angeles. If you like, Budget Car Rental has 2 lots in pOrt Angeles where you can leave your vehicle. The lesser expensive is at the corner of W. Front Street and N. Oak Street. The coast is $6.00 per day.
From the lot it is about a 5 minute walk to the ferry terminal. There is another Budget lot right across the street from the ferry terminal but the rate is about $12 per day. You have to pay if you want to be closer to the ferry terminal.
The ferry terminal is on W. Railroad Ave. You get your tickets at the front office which is just off the street, but from here you then have to walk quite a ways to the ferry and go through US Immigration. Don’t be late. Get here at least 30 minutes before departure or you will find yourself running.
Leaving Port Angeles, you will see the spectacular Olympic Mountains in the background. The trip to Victoria is about 1½ hours. But after you allow some time for unloading and getting through customs, you should allow 2 hours and a bit.
As you approach Victoria, you will pass Fishermans Wharf where a number of house boats make themselves at home.
Fishermans Wharf is worth a visit. Barb’s is a very popular fish and chip restaurant right on the dock and it is not uncommon to find harbour seals coming up to see if there are any handouts.
A very little bit past Fishermans Wharf, you will see the entrance to James Bay and the Inner Harbour. The channel is really narrow at this point and it is a tribute to the crews of the Coho Ferry that in all the years that they have been operating there has never been an accident.
Albion Manor is in the neighbourhood of James Bay in Victoria, just a few minutes walk from downtown. Our namesake, however, no longer exists. The bay of James Bay was filled in for the construction of the Empress Hotel.
This is a photo of the terminal where the Coho docks. It is a tricky maneuver and one that you will have the opportunity to watch if you are a foot passenger. Unfortunately, if you are in a vehicle, you have to be in your car by this point and will not be able to watch.
The Coho after entering the Inner Harbour and moving, slowly, towards the dock.
The Coho arriving at the dock.
After leaving the ferry you will have to go through Canadian customs and immigration. Everyone, doesn’t matter where you come from, except other Canadians of course, has to have a passport. The old days of Americans entering Canada with just a driver’s license are nothing more than fond memories of a more trusting past.
When you exit the terminal you will see a set of stairs ahead of you. You have to go up these stairs to the street. Once on the street, which is Belleville, go to the right to Oswego Street, one block. Turn left and go 3 blocks to Superior. Turn right on Superior and come to Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast in Victoria, BC, at number 224.
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