Missoula, Montana to Vancouver
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 4, 2012 8:26 AM Last Post By: slm53
Jun 27, 2012 6:26 AM
I am wondering if anyone has driven from Missoula to Twassen Ferry Terminal, Vancouver and can tell me if it is feasible to do it in one day and then take the ferry to Victoria? I know that the ferry runs every hour until 10pm. I have used mapquest and it is says it will only take 9.5 hours. But, as I have never driven this way, I am not sure how accurate it is considering traffic and the border etc. We will be driving it on a Thursday and are not sight seeing but trying to get there as quick as possible, as we have our cat and dog with us (moving).
Jun 27, 2012 6:36 AM
Jun 27, 2012 7:08 AM
Jun 27, 2012 8:07 AM
3Thanks, I have all of their vaccine and health cerfificate info already. I realize that the Twassen Ferry terminal is not inside Vancouver. When looking it up on mapquest, I did from Missoula, right to the terminal and it said 965km which is 600miles or 9.5 hours. Plus we gain an hour when crossing through into Washington. So.... I am not sure it is a terrible plan but I am not sure it is a great one either. Just trying to save $100 for a hotel if it is possible.
Jun 27, 2012 11:12 AM
Jun 27, 2012 1:33 PM
5Leave as early as possible, 5am? It should be quite possible, barring something at the border happening. Although, you'll be at the mercy of the border patrol and if something can go wrong, they'll figure out a way to make it happen. It's a pretty easy drive, we've driven from Bozeman to Seattle a few times. Just get beyond Coeur d'Alene and then you can fly across eastern Washington. Drive that stretch straight without breaks. Then you'll get slowed down again as you get close to Seattle and the mountains.
Jun 28, 2012 6:01 AM
Jun 28, 2012 11:36 AM
7Leave Missoula at around 7, and you'll easily hit Seattle by 3 in the afternoon, a light traffic time. Stop for a meal in Bellingham or somewhere else close to the border. Cross the border around 6:30 or so, and on a Thursday evening, it shouldn't be too big a hassle. Experiences differ, but I've never found it a hassle at all. Once across the border, it's only about 1/2 hour to the ferry. You don't get involved with Vancouver traffic.
The driving is almost all on the Interstate, and a lot is on flat terrain, so it should be more boring than exhausting.
Jun 28, 2012 6:47 PM
8I've made that drive multiple times on almost any route you could think of in the States and Canada. You can certainly do it in a long day--you just won't be able to stop much.
Personally, I do whatever it takes to avoid Seattle, including at 3:00 PM. In fact, I just got stuck this afternoon in Everett traffic around 3:00, and Seattle can be far, far worse. Try to get through earlier, or think carefully about taking Rt. 2 (Stevens pass) or Rt. 20 (North Cascades highway).
Or maybe I'm just a traffic weanie.
The border's not bad. You'll see signs listing the waiting times at each border crossing as you head through Bellingham. Choose well.
Jun 29, 2012 6:18 AM
9You could also take the ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria. Google Maps puts Port Angeles at 559 mi from Missoula. You might be able to avoid some border delays that way. There's a ferry at 520 and 930 pm.
Jun 29, 2012 1:10 PM
10The Port Angeles ferry is fine, but it requires first getting to Port Angeles....which requires either another ferry or a roundabout route down through Tacoma, another traffic pit. It's usually more efficient to go by way of Tsawwassen (note spelling, if you care about such things). Really: the border is hardly an impediment for most people.
Oct 4, 2012 8:26 AM
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