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.

 

This article was written and photographed by Nick Berben.

Recap:

Day 5:

After a great sleep, we checked out and drove back to Port McNeill to do a round trip on the Quadra Queen 2, and get something to eat. On the QQ2 Donella talked a deckhand into giving us a bridge tour, but he came back a few minutes later to inform us the captain wasnít able to give bridge tours at that time. After a round trip to Sointula, we went to Subway for a breakfast/lunch, and then started heading down island to finish the trip. On the way up we had been toying with the idea of making a detour out to Port Alberni to see the Princess Jaqueline, but we decided we didnít want to make the trip that late. We split up at Duke Point, where Ernie and Brett met up with Chris on the Vancouver. Scott went home to a band practice, and Donella, Karl and I drove south to Victoria.

This trip was by far the best forum trip I have been on in the year I have been partaking in these trips. We were well received by the crew on board the ship, and I think everybody had a great time. The Queen of Prince Rupert is now my favourite ship in the fleet. She has a great design, has excellent seakeeping abilities, and is versatile enough to serve the north coast just about perfectly. It is not a far stretch to say that she is one of the most important and historic ships in the BC Ferry fleet.