The best alternative to this route which is until 2030 on hold
Officials at Washington State Ferries expect to restore the route from Anacortes to Vancouver Island in 2030 at the earliest, according to a service restoration plan update from Feb. 28.
In the world of ferry routes, we see a lot of cancellations all over the world. This, however, was a unique and old route with over 100.000 passengers per year. There is a bit of good news here since there are good alternatives for this route. We made a top 3 alternative ferry routes that bring you to Vancouver Island:
- From Tsawwassen to Victoria (you can bring your car here, make sure you make online reservations since this route can be busy)
- From Seattle to Vancouver Island by the Victoria Clipper (passengers only, no car)
- From Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (Nanaimo), it's a bit of a detour; this route, however, is excellent for holiday trips.
Everything about Anacortes-Sidney
I would like to mention that you have to make reservations before you go. Especially if you go by car, there are multiple cases where people had to wait 9 hours in line before they departed.
The standby line for the ferry took over 9 hours and needed a system to ensure that those who arrived early could board first. Despite coming at 10:30 am, we only board the 7 pm ferry. We had to attempt to get into the line at each new ferry arrival, but unfortunately, our early arrival did not impact our standing in line. We will make reservations next time, as none were available this weekend.
The distance between Sidney and Anacortes harbors is approximately 40 miles (64 km). The Washington State Ferries on this route sail up to twice per day. This crossing lasts two hours and thirty minutes, although this can vary depending on the weather, season, and different ships on the route. If you’re interested in booking this connection, you can try Washington State Ferries.
Here are the destinations for the harbors/ports you can navigate to
- Anacortes harbor address: 2100 Ferry Terminal Rd – Anacortes – WA 98221 – USA
- Sidney harbor address: 2499 Ocean Ave – Sidney – BC V8L 1T3 – Canada
Anacortes-Sidney ferry price
The cost for the ferry is ~ $23 and, of course more expensive when you travel by car.
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