the "Queen of the North" ferry from Prince Rupert, BC at 7:30
am. It was a nice, long relaxing cruise. We went past
hundreds of miles of uninhabited forests and the San Juan
Islands. Saw dolphins and bald eagles.
"Queen of the North" ferry sailing down through the Inside Passage.
More scenery alongside the Inside Passage.
ferry arrived in Port Hardy too late for me to find a campground or
hostel, so I slept in the car again, next to an RV in Port Hardy.
Got up early the next morning and drove south toward Nanaimo.
Stopped along the way to take a picture of the trees reflected in a
Stopped to take a photo of me in front of a giant Spruce burl.
Set the camera up on the hood of my car, pushed the button for
automatic exposure, ran to the burl, and tried to look relaxed
The Nicol Hostel in Nanaimo. Friendly hostess. Good
location. Took a walk downtown. Discovered that there
was a ferry that departs from Nanaimo to mainland Canada. So
I'm going to catch it tomorrow.
The kitchen in the Nicol Hostel
The smaller ferry that goes from Nanaimo to mainland Canada.
On another ferry. Leaving Nanaimo. Got my coffee.
Headed back to the Birch Bay Hostel in Washington.