B.C. Passage (a.m.) / Campbell River (p.m.), Canada

  • Date
  • 5 December 2001
  • Lodging
  • Discovery Inn
  • Distance
  • 687 KM
  • Total
  • 23716 KM

British Columbia’s MV Queen of Prince Rupert is a much lower-class ferry than is the MV Taku, the Alaskan car ferry that carried us several days ago. MV Queen of Prince Rupert is older with dated, stained and worn interior, an unpleasant smell throughout the lounge and cabin areas, and dismally poor service throughout, especially in the cafeteria, which apparently opens and closes depending on the whim of the crew.

Yesterday evening, I read before turning off the light on the upper bunk, several inches smaller than on the Alaskan ferry. I was surprised the light worked over my head. The burgundy coverlet, made of a nylon-based material, held only odors, but no stains, as the slick fabric would not absorb liquid or food. Sheets were polyester and cotton, so, again, a bit slippery and too smooth. I slept bundled tightly in a knot as not to touch either the dirty paneled wall to my right or the beaten, laminated wood board on my left, protecting me from falling on the floor. The small bathroom, with a shower that didn’t drain, smelled of sewage, but the hot water worked. Thank goodness for small favors.

We’ve stayed in poorer conditions, but the cost of the BC ferry is comparable to that of the Alaska one. Few boats run in the winter, so beggars cannot be too choosy, but I’d certainly suggest another ferry if another option is out there.