Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove on BC Ferries’ Island Sky

Our third sailing on a BC Ferries boat, the Island Sky, took us on the 9.5 nautical mile crossing from Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove on Day 40 of the trip, June 4th. It was a gorgeous day for this particularly scenic ferry route, which takes 50 minutes according to the BC Ferries schedule.

As usual, I was up early writing that morning. As is often the case, my dedicated blogging intern, Molly, was hard at work as well at 05:30.

My cat Molly in the RV
The Saltery Bay ferry is only a few minutes drive away, but we left early to allow another stop at Saltery Bay Provincial Park. It’s a wonderful spot for another dog walk, and Tucker was particularly enthusiastic about it. I need to try to get a video of his funny foot-marking dance 🙂

Saltery Bay Provincial Park, BC
Arriving at Saltery Bay at 10:40. During this trip, I’ll be driving or ferrying about 95% of the 564-km (350-mi) Coastal Circle Route. Only the section from Horseshoe Bay to Richmond will be missed, and “been there done that” section many, many times before. Hello BC says to allow 3 to 7 days for the route – I took 36 days to get it and some side trips done this time 🙂

BC Coastal Circle Route
At Saltery Bay, you pay for the next 2 ferries – Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove, and Langdale to Horseshoe Bay. The cost totalled $257.35 for me and 51 feet of RV. Having an Experience card saved $15.70 on this ticket.

Saltery Bay ferry terminal, BC
A general view of the terminal.

Saltery Bay ferry terminal, BC
The Island Sky approaches the dock at 11:05.

Saltery Bay ferry terminal, BC
Loaded and ready to depart. As has been the norm for the past month, the ferry was at perhaps 25% capacity.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
I’m sure that you never get tired of this incredible coast even if you sail it regularly. Just as I never tire of the drive to Skagway, even after doing it hundreds of times.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
Pulling away from the Saltery Bay dock at 11:25.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
I couldn’t figure out what exactly this pair of obviously very specialized vessels in Saltery Bay harbour was doing. Neither had a name visible so I could try to Google them. Something construction related…

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
Goodbye, Saltery Bay – it was a great visit, and I hope to be back with Cathy some day.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
The Island Sky has a comfortable lounge area…

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
…but pretty much everyone was outside enjoying the warm sun this day.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
There’s not really anything to say about some of the photos….

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
The ramp I was on to take this photo is an upper car deck.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
A power line stretching across a channel that must be well over a mile wide. I wonder at what point a marine cable becomes the better option.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
Some of the logging cut blocks we passed were very high on the mountains. That must have been some fine timber to justify building roads up there.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
In the full-resolution photo, half a dozen cabins and homes can be seen along that piece of shore.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
The light on the right marks the entrance to Earl’s Cove. This photo was taken at 11:55.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
The coastal freighter Klassen was tied up at a private dock beside the ferry terminal.

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
About to dock at Earl’s Cove, at 12:10.

Docking at Earl's Cove on BC Ferries' Island Sky
Once ashore, I drove up to the Timberline RV Park, and decided that it would be suitable for my planned 2-day visit. I’ll tell about the rest of the day in the next post, but at the end of the day, I drove back down to the ferry terminal and took some photo of it for the record.

Earl's Cove ferry terminal

Earl's Cove ferry terminal
On a sunny day, this picnic area would be a lovely spot to wait for the ferry.

Earl's Cove ferry terminal


Comments

Sailing from Saltery Bay to Earl’s Cove on BC Ferries’ Island Sky — 2 Comments

  1. Geeze Murray, everytime I log on you have a new blog post with great pictures of wonderful places and the so many ferries in BC which I had never realized there were so many ! Thanks for posting such beautiful places…….your pictures are always so nice and clear with lots of sun, do they ever get any rain that part of the country ah ha. !
    Maureen

  2. Reminding me of a fine Juneau ferry trip, with somewhat similar ocean, mtn views…don’t think I would ever get tired of that experience, if allowed.

    And you see the allure of the floating barge house…pick a spot, drop your hook. You’d learn to live without fresh veggies and wi-fi for a few weeks at a time…and then figure out how big a powerskiff you’d need to get out and do some exploring, see the killer whales, get some salmon, etc.

    Good stuff.