We awoke to a world covered in a lovely blanket of white. The flakes had fallen softly all night, and there was a snowy glow in the air.
My phone had decided it was in Denver before I put it in flight mode for the night, as no reception, so the alarm was all wrong, decided a to wake us up at 5am instead of 8. Back to sleep for a bit, thenwe were treated to a delishuz breakfast of blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. After breakfast we got driven in the 4wd truck, slowly to town through the snow. It was very pretty, with the fields all covered.
We picked up our tickets and caught the ferry from Friday harbour to Sidney, which was exciting, as it was where we were entering Canada. It was a bit more sad in Sidney, with the rain interspersed with hail and cold. We got offered a ride to the other part of the island where the next ferry was, which was about 15mins drive, but we got stuck in customs for ages as we were getting our work permits, so we didn’t get our ride. We walked the short distance (short yes, but 20mins walking with the packs and the snowboard in the rain was a bit of a pain) to town in the rain and hail, and managed to catch the bus. We had to run to catch it,which isn’t that pleasant with packs, but we made it. Most of the buses in both the us and Canada seem to like correct change, which is a pain in the bum. Luckily the bus guy accepted American dollars, and the bus took us across the island to Swartz Harbour. We got on a much bigger ferry, that headed off to Vancouver.
People told us that the ferry would be a lovely way to enter Canada, such a pretty way, to enter by sea… but we didn’t see a thing, just mist and cold and rain. Off the ferry, onto a bus, then off the bus and on to a train, then off the train and a wee walk to our backpackers. We are staying at the Samesun backpackers.. is not as nice as the Green Tortoise in San Fran, but it will hopefully do.
By the time we arrived we were pretty tired, we lay around for a bit, got dinner and then went to sleep