MV Coho: Black Ball Ferry Line turns 50


One of the many ways to get to Vancouver Island is via the Black Ball Ferry Line between Port Angeles, Washington and Victoria, BC. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ferry line, based in Washington state's scenic Olympic Peninsula.

A new perk aboard the MV Coho during the 90-minute sailing is duty free shopping. Coho Duty Free features savings of up to 50% off regular taxed prices on such items as liquor, fragrances and tobacco products. Located in the mid-ship lounge of the main passenger deck, the shop is open seven days a week. The MV Coho operates year round, providing an international link between the US and Canada.

To celebrate its golden anniversary, Black Ball Ferry is giving away a free weekend vacation for two every month during 2009. Enter to win at the ferry's recently redesigned website (the link is above), which now includes trip planning, special packages and online reservations.

More than 405,000 passengers and 120,000 vehicles make the Port Angeles-Victoria run every year. Since operations commenced in 1959, the Coho has transported more than 21 million passengers and five million vehicles.


The M.V. Coho in Victoria Harbour
Photo by Sue Frause

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