Thursday 13 June 2013

Marine Traffic

The waterways off Vancouver Island are a highway for all manner of boats. While most people associate fishing - both commercial and recreational - with the area, the marine traffic is made up of much more than just fishing boats of all sizes.
 commercial fishing vessel off Malcolm Island
Ferry boats are a way of life for many islanders. These rugged vessels carry passengers and vehicles year-round on the east side of Vancouver Island, although serious weather can postpone a trip or two!
on the deck of the Malcolm Island ferry from Port McNeill

Quadra Island ferry running to Campbell River
Barges are a common sight as well. These ocean trucks carry goods to the islands and central BC coast, with the help of the rugged tugboats.
Barge on its way through Discovery Passage
Frequently navy boats are seen in the waters off the island, both on the east and west coasts.
Navy vessel off Nanaimo
The biggest boats that use the marine highway around the central and northern end of the island (the southern end around Victoria does see a fair bit of large freighter traffic as they head out to open waters from Vancouver and Washington State) are cruise ships. These are a regular sight in the spring and summer months, and if you see them from close in they are amazingly big!
Norwegian Sun cruise ship in Discovery Passage
The waterways of Vancouver Island are vibrant and busy, keeping goods and people moving to and from the island. Add in the pleasure boats, sail boats, kayaks and so on - and at the height of summer the marine traffic can outnumber the road traffic around many island communities!
It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Pass It On!


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