Visiting Victoria BC - Things to Note for 2021
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Travel to Victoria and Vancouver Island has been booming this summer! After having to stay home to protect our neighbours for months and travel being restricted, vacationers are finally able to get out of their towns and explore this beautiful province.
Social distancing rules may be lessening but they’re still recommended, so while travel for summer 2021 is still a little bit different, with the right planning and preparation you can still have a wonderful stay at Salish.
The Advantages of Traveling in your RV
RV travel has always been a fantastic way to see the country. Road trips in general offer the freedom to stop and see the sights in the cities you pass through. RV travel offers the added perk of being able to stay as long as you’d like, in the comfort of your own space.
Some RVs have luxury appliances and spaces. Some of them are utilitarian. The main idea, though, is that you have a living space on the go.
You can bring your favorite items, your pets, your bedding, and even your favorite outdoor leisure furniture.
Create the perfect vacation space wherever you go and never worry about being too close to your neighbour or sharing a dining space with strangers.
There are a few extra safety precautions that are recommended while travelling. Many people still prefer to keep a good distance from others, dine privately, and avoid traveling to destinations with other groups.
When you go on vacation via any other method besides a personal vehicle, you’ll likely have to use some sort of public transportation along the way.
Traveling in your RV gives you the comforts of all your favorite things without having to deal with public transportation while you’re away from home.
Getting to Victoria
One question we often get is: How do you get a motorhome to Victoria, which is on an island? It's easier than you think.
If you're travelling within BC, to get to Victoria you will have to travel on the ferry (a magic bridge from Vancouver is not happening). The only option is to take BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (the port just outside of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (the port just outside of Victoria).
The crossing is about 90 minutes, and sailings leave every hour during peak season. Many RVers report little to no wait time when taking BC Ferries, especially with a vehicle reservation.
As of the time of writing, BC Ferry fares are $17.60 CAD per adult passenger (ages 12+), $8.80 per child (5-11 years), $59.50 per vehicle up to 20', and an additional $6.75 for each vehicle foot over 20'. Plus Seniors (65+) ride free Monday to Thursday (excluding Statutory Holidays).
Safety on the Ferry
In line with Transport Canada regulations, you will have to depart your vehicle once on the ferry car deck. However, there is additional cleaning, sanitization, physical distancing and mandatory wearing of face coverings indoors at the terminals and onboard the ferries, to help protect everyone.
Other things to note about travelling with BC Ferries:
- Masks are recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. This includes BC Ferries vessels and terminals.
- Proof of vaccination is not required.
- Everyone’s level of comfort and tolerance for risk will be different. Some people may wish to wear a mask, some may not. Be respectful and give people space when possible.
- Be respectful of others’ personal space and continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing.
- If you or anyone in your family feel sick stay home and get tested.
- Find more information on BC’s Restart Plan and how it impacts your travel plans.
Secure your Items While Travelling
An RV allows you to bring everything with you but how do you keep it all from sliding and tumbling around while you’re on the road?
- Get latches for cabinet doors so they don’t fly open
- Store small items in covered boxes
- Use bungee cords to secure things stored under beds
- Secure any liquid food items, even if they’re stored in the fridge
- Secure appliance doors
- Check that there are no spill risks for anything stored near electrical outlets
- Be sure that no items will be able to roll out to be lodged under brake or gas pedals
What You Need to Travel With Your RV
In addition to securing your belongings, you’ll need a few things to be able to travel with your RV.
- Up to date insurance for your vehicle. If your RV is attached to a truck or any tow rig, the vehicle and the RV must be insured, along with the tow rig.
- Ownership papers for the RV and your vehicle. You likely won’t need them but it’s a good idea to have them with you just in case.
- Masks and your vaccination status documentations. You will not need to prove your vaccination status to travel in your RV. However, in the event of any accidents or if you do any activities that do require proof of vaccine status or wearing masks, it’s better to have these things handy.
Plan Your RV Adventure to Victoria
We are located right by downtown Victoria, and offer beautiful waterfront views with easy access to a variety of activities and experiences. From amazing restaurants, a plethora of outdoor activities, including golf, Salish is a great base from which to see it all.