Oh, Canada!

Thursday, April 10, 2014



Captain, let’s point the propeller toward the 49th parallel, eh? Washington State Ferries’ seasonal return to Sidney B.C. has begun! 



Photo credit:Ian Byington/sanjuanupdate.com

Sunday, April 6, 2014, marked the annual opening day for our marvelous international ferry route.

Along with swapping out currency and learning to add extra “u’s” to some words (e.g., 'colour' and 'neighbour'), our Canadian/American ferryboat run fosters friendship on both sides of the border.

Sidney B.C officials, local bagpiper and Town Crier join the festivities.

In fact, when the Sidney community heard that the Anacortes Town Crier was unable to attend opening day festivities due to a fund raising event for the victims of the Oso, WA mudslide, they all chipped in and raised $1,327 in relief funds.

http://www.seattlechamber.com/News/Article/14-03-27/Oso-area_mudslide_How_you_can_help.aspx

Thank you, Sidney B.C! Your kindness and generosity is as lovely and inspiring as your famous flowers. 



http://www.butchartgardens.com/
Butchart gardens, pictured above, is a short drive west of Sidney, B.C.

Our spring sailing schedule offers one round-trip sailing to and from Anacortes, WA and Sidney, B.C. every day through June 14. We'll add a second round-trip to the mix mid-June through September.   

See you at the border!



We hereby christen thee, Tokitae!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Before the crowds of officials gathered around you to break a bottle of bubbly across your hull…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/13297132904/in/set-72157627905126905
 
Before your hull was even fully bolted together…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/8571327351/in/set-72157627905126905

You were called Tokitae.  And now, with the same majestic grace of the Olympic mountain range for which your class of vessels is named, your moniker is official.

 Welcome to the fleet, Tokitae!
 (pronunciation rhymes with Polka-tay)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/13297137834/in/set-72157627905126905


http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/wsfroutemap.pdf


You’ve got a lot to be proud of. Did you know you are the first of three new Olympic Class ferries to join the largest ferry fleet in the nation?

You’ve got big waves to fill, it’s true.  Starting this summer you’ll carry up to 1,500 people and 144 cars to and from Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. 


 




Ferry Evergreen State amidst sailboats on Puget Sound, 1950s
Postcard



In fact, you’re joining up at the perfect time to relieve the oldest vessel in the WSF family, the Evergreen State. She was christened in 1954!





We know you’re destined for greatness. After all, not every ferryboat in the harbor gets their own webisode on The Boat Guy.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30lE2Y8PnFM

Once again, welcome to the fleet, Tokitae! May you have fair winds and following seas.