Just cruising around Salt Spring Island a bit before heading out for mid-summer and fall trips. Sort of being ‘a tourist on your own island’. (good way to spend your 23 742th day)
In the photo above, we’re looking down on Russell Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
And that’s a BC Ferries vessel heading from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island to the Tsawwassen terminal near Vancouver.
Floating in the background is Mount Baker in Washington State.
The Salish Eagle‘s first scheduled run to/from Saltspring Island. The ship sports Coast Salish artist John Marston’s stunning red eagle drawings.
In the image above, the Eagle has left its first stop at Otter Bay, Pender Island and is heading towards Mayne Island and Active Pass.
The Eagle will be joined in the Southern Gulf Islands – Tsawwassen runs by sistership Raven this fall. The Salish class vessels seem bight, spacious and very quiet…compared to the Queen of Nanaimo.
The new natural gas powered vessels each carry aproximately 138 cars and up to 600 passengers and crew.