Queen of Prince Rupert - Inside
Passage and Queen Charlotte Islands
Trip: Route 10 Port Hardy to Prince Rupert,
Route 11 Prince Rupert to Skidegate, Route 26 Skidegate to Alliford
Bay and back to Skidegate, Route 11 Skidegate to Prince Rupert,
Route 10 Prince Rupert to Port Hardy stopping at Klemtu Shearwater
and Bella Bella.
Date: October 29th to November1st 2008
Objective of Trip: To ride the Queen of
Prince Rupert on the inside passage in her native setting.
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Well, since everybody is so impatient to hear the
"low-down" on this AWESOME trip, here goes. This is probably the
longest, most photo intensive post I have ever done. PLEASE BE
PATIENT, THERE ARE A LOT OF PHOTOS.
I met Donella in Saanichton, and we made our way to the Brentwood
ferry terminal. Caught the 1:15 ferry, and headed up island to Duke
Point, where we met up with the rest of the gang. I brought my 2 way
radios again, as they proved so useful on the Galiano trip, so I
gave one to the people in Scott's vehicle so that we could arrange
stops and stuff en route.
We stopped in Buckley Bay because Scott needed some fuel to get him
to Courtenay, and I filled up there as well. We then made our way
along the old highway to Courtenay so Scott could fill up. After
everybody was running on full tanks, we made our way up to Port
McNeill. We arrived really early, around 8:30. We watched the QQ2
arrive, load 2 cars, and leave, and the QPR drifted past the bay
while the QQ2 was in dock. The QPR then pulled in, and a Deas truck
had to attach a couple of "extender arms" to let the ramp apron
extend to the deck.
We boarded around midnight, and plunked our stuff down to claim
sleeping spots in the forward lounge. Then, of course, we had to
explore the rest of the ship. We discovered that the ship had a tug
helping keep it against the dolphin, because the dolphin wall wasn't
long enough to let them tie up the bow.
We slipped around 1:15, 45 minutes late. Most of the rest of the
crowd went to bed, but Brett and I stayed up and talked about his