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October 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Be prepared for high fares on BC Ferries

A BC Ferries ships sails amid the Gulf Islands. (Brian Cantwell photo / Seattle Times, 2010)

A  ferry sails amid British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. BC Ferries’ fares are far higher than Washington’s.  (Brian Cantwell photo / Seattle Times, 2010)

We all love to gripe about Washington ferries. They’re too expensive. They’re too crowded. They need a reservation system on more routes.

But after riding some ferries in British Columbia recently, I’m singing the praises of Washington State Ferries — especially of their far cheaper fares.

British Columbia has privatized its ferries in recent years, and the fares have soared as


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January 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

New lifts coming to Whistler (and maybe some sun this weekend)

Skiers gather in Whistler Village where lifts start for both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. (Photo by Kristin Jackson / The Seattle Times.)   The massive and ever-improving Whistler-Blackcomb resort in B.C. will start construction this spring on two new chairlifts to open next season. Or boarders and skiers going north this weekend will find…


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