Thank you BC Ferries

Written by Harold McNeill on November 15th, 2014. Posted in Tim Hortons Morning Posts


BC-Ferries

The following letter was first published on Facebook following a rant by an Island resident, Sean Smith of Nanaimo.
After making the post it seems many FB friends also think highly of the service.

November 15, 2014
Victoria, B.C.

Dear Sean Smith,

Re: Your Rant about BC Ferries (Link Here)

I went through your rant point by point and while some of what is said seems superficially reasonable, if one delves in deeper, I think you’re wrong on almost every point. Having ridden various coastal ferries thousands of times over the past fifty years, I find the service to be exceptional and would stack it above every other ferry service in the world (e.g. England, NZ, Mediterrean, USA, etc.). Many of the others provide good service, they just don’t match BC Ferries.

Compared to others, BC Ferry fares are pretty low (vastly lower in a number of cases) and the service and safety record leaves little to complain about. Part of the reason our fares are kept down is “tourism”. Also, tourism is one of the big drivers of the Islands economy. Lose even 10 – 20% of that income and ferry fares would need to go up and the Island economy would also take a huge hit. What is it that helps to drive tourism – advertising, good service, reasonable routes, times, cleanliness, ease of boarding, gift shop, with pretty good food in the cafeteria and excellent food in the dining room.

From my perspective, being able to have a wonderful, relaxing meal with family or friends while sitting by a window looking out across those pristine West Coast waters is worth the price of admission. Go anywhere and try to book a restaurant with that view and see what it will cost you! And, don’t forget those amazing shops at the larger terminals like Tsawwassen. All summer long they are filled with tourists and locals, and for anyone caught in a weather or heavy traffic delay, those shops provide wonderful relief from sitting in your car in an open parking lot.

I tell many visitors to BC – just take a round-trip route (whatever direction you choose) and it will be worth every penny. Take your car if you wish and you can do a circle route (Tsawwasssen, Nanaimo, drive to Victoria and return Schwartz Bay – Tsawwassen; or try Schwartz May, Tsawwaassen, Horseshoe Bay, Namaimo and back to Victoria) A great day trip with fine food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visitors to this area rave about it and if they are lucky might even get to watch a pod of killer whales.

For locals, if you don’t want to pay the cost of a meal, just pack a lunch, settle back and do some computer work or grab a coffee and chat with someone. Granted, the WIFI needs serious attention, but I think that will come with time (and complaints). And on another point of improvement, I think a review of senior staff salaries and bonuses would be in order.

So, Sean and others who complain about BC Ferries, just suck up kids and get on with life. There are plenty of things that need to be improved in BC, but BC Ferries is likely a long way down the list. While efficiencies can always be made, be thankful that you have the best of the best in an exceptional part of the world.

Cheers,

Harold

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  • Harold McNeill

    January 15, 2021 |

    Wow, Gramham I was taken by surprise (but then again that’s not too hard). Having all you fine folks (my children by other fathers and mothers) would have been great. I’m hopeful that sometime in the not too distant future, we can reprise that trip. Perhaps we’ll just set aside a time for someone else’s landmark day, and we can surprise them. Love to you two. Harold

  • Graham and Nazanin

    January 15, 2021 |

    How could we miss this historic event my friend!!!
    Nazy and I were booked for that cruise Harold, we were looking so forward to it.
    We will be together soon! We both wish that continued unconditional love you receive from everyone to continue as you are that special someone that makes a difference in this world.
    Happy birthday sir, cheers!

  • Harold McNeill

    January 7, 2021 |

    Glad you found the site and that Dorthy enjoyed. I’ve added a lot of school photos in other locations linked to the High School Years stories. Cheers, Harold

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    January 2, 2021 |

    Hi there, I am Dorothy Marshall’s (nee Hartman) daughter. Mom was quite excited when she discovered this site while surfing the net yesterday, so excited that she told me to have a look! She quite enjoyed taking a trip down memory and seeing old pictures of herself.Keep up the great work!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Rick,
    Great to hear from you and trust all is going well. Our family members are all doing well but it must be pretty tough for a lot of people. I had once heard you were going to do some writing but never heard anything further. I would be most interested, but do you think the OB News have archives back to that time. Any link or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Did you keep copies? Regards, Harold

  • Rick Gonder

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Harold
    About 22 years ago I spent several weeks going through the OBPD archives. I wrote several stories that were published in the OB News. Feel free to use if they are of value to what you are doing.
    Keep this up, I’m enjoying it and it brings back memories.

  • Harold McNeill

    April 12, 2020 |

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a chance to read. I decided to update these stories by proofreading as there were several grammatical errors in many. Hopefully, many of those glaring errors have been removed.

    Many of the stories carry a considerable amount of social comment regarding the way the criminal justice system is selectively applied. Next up involves a young woman from near Cold Lake, Alberta, who was abducted by an older male from Edmonton. Her story is the story of hundreds of young men and woman who have found themselves alone and without help when being prayed upon unscrupulous predators.

    Cheers, Harold

  • Susan

    April 8, 2020 |

    Great read, Harold!…and really not surprising, sad as that may sound.
    Keep the stories coming, it is fascinating to hear them.
    Love from us out here in the “sticks”, and stay safe from this unknown predator called Covid.

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    Summary: I don’t know how many read the above articles, but they contained the tragic details about young woman, Krista Carle’, who took her own life after suffering for years with PTSD. While tragedies such as this play out across Canada every week, the reason this story resonates so profoundly is that the final, tragic, conclusion took place here in Victoria. Continued in the article.

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