Do you have data on your phone or can you hit a place with free wifi (McDonald's) on your drive from Kelowna?
If you do, you can check the current conditions on the website on the way and you can reserve up to 2.5 hours before departure if it looks like your ferry is filling up.
At least if you have to wait for the next ferry, you will have a nice rv to relax in.
Thanks funpig07 - great advice. Feeling more relaxed already!
I would absolutely reserve for an RV. They are overheight and there is limited space for them on the ferries so there is often a one or two sailing wait for the overheight vehicles, which includes commercial traffic. However as noted, you can reserve on the day provided there is still space available, depending on the day of travel.
I would reserve a later ferry. If you show up earlier, you would have the option to try and get a first come first served spot or heading to a spot close to the terminal to go for a walk or a coffee until you can go and claim your reservation.
I would estimate 6 hrs to the terminal from Kelowna. That should give you plenty of time.Edited: 4 years ago
Hello, It's Glenn here from the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre in the Comox Valley.
Typically Saturday afternoons in May are less busy on the ferries depending what your destination is. Your travel time from Kelowna will be about 6 hours depending on which route you select to the coast (Highway 3 or Highway 97C/5) so pick the ferry you wish to take and time your travel to arrive at the terminal an hour or so early. The Tsawwassen terminal (pron: Two-OSS-sehn) south of Vancouver is the first ferry terminal you will come to and it has service to Victoria and Nanaimo (Duke Point).
Enjoy your holiday!
Here is the FAQ from BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries.com/res/visc_faq.html#cost
If you reserve on the day of, the reservation fee is $21. If you reserve one week advance, it will cost $10. But you can change reservation online or by telephone 60 minutes prior to sail time for only $5.
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