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Old 05-26-2014, 10:53 AM   #29
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We had talked about driving to whatever embarkation we chose and finding a park there for the night so we could get a jump start on boarding in the morning. Hoping this will be a good plan!
Good plan , you don't want to have a long wait at a border crossing/ customs, mess up your travel plans.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #30
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Got a 36 ft. MH and a toad, cost $322 from mainland to island via B.C. Ferries.

Cost frrom island to Wa. state $ 158.

Yo make the choice.

Trip thru the Gulf Islands nicer ride.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:26 AM   #31
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There is a commercial park as soon as you enter Anacortes on highway 20 that would work for that. It is probably 15 to 20 minutes from the terminal. Fidalgo Bay Resort. We have not stayed there but it looks nice from the highway. There is a county campground even closer but I am not sure about big size oupr how to make reservations. We may be up that way later this week and could check if you like. Note: it doesn't show camping on Allstays, but I think there is camping there.
Thanks for this info. I hate to ask you to go out of your way to check for us.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:28 AM   #32
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Got a 36 ft. MH and a toad, cost $322 from mainland to island via B.C. Ferries. Cost frrom island to Wa. state $ 158. Yo make the choice. Trip thru the Gulf Islands nicer ride.
Wow, big difference in price. Did you detach the toad or keep it hooked up?
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Fidalgo Bay resort is very close and an excellent park. As far as disconnect I would call Anacortes There are two lanes One for overweight vehicles and one for cars also what if you have to back up. When I returned one time with my trailer I had to back on the ferry.
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There is a county campground even closer but I am not sure about big size oupr how to make reservations. We may be up that way later this week and could check if you like. Note: it doesn't show camping on Allstays, but I think there is camping there.[/QUOTE]

This Anacortes city campground is called Washington Park. It is less than 2 miles from the ferry terminal and essentially on the same road just past the terminal. It's a very pretty park, can be a bit tight maneuvering in bigger rig.

here's the link for info and reservations

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Wow, big difference in price. Did you detach the toad or keep it hooked up?
Its not to much trouble. We are camping at Deception Pass a few days and like that park to visit.

There is also a new RV park at the casino just before you get to Anacortes.
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I am going to chip in my two cents here on the BC Ferrries vs. Wash St. Ferries in particular reference to reservations.

The BC ferries going to Vancouver Isl. are quite a bit bigger than the Wash. St. Ferries. They also run more often. Unless you are travelling on a Friday afternoon, or a Sunday Evening or on a holiday weekend, chances are good you won't have more than a 1 sail (if that) wait if you choose to forgo reservations (I seldom if ever make reservations). Granted space for over heights is a little more limited but unless you absolutely have to catch a particular ferry, I wouldn't worry about it much unless it is travel during one of the aforementioned times. On big holiday weekends, they often put on extra sailings to help deal with the increased traffic.
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Thanks all for your advice! We decided for this trip we would do WSDOT Anacortes/Sydney. DH liked the idea of arriving in Anacortes the day before, getting up early and getting in line for the ferry the next morning. Reservations were easy to do online for the ferry.

Now to pick a place to stay one night in Anacortes. Going to look at some of the suggestions offered here. Coupe - thanks again for offering to check out the county campground; very interested to hear what you say. I don't think I have been able to track it down yet to get info online. Need to so more looking.
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Thanks all for your advice! We decided for this trip we would do WSDOT Anacortes/Sydney. DH liked the idea of arriving in Anacortes the day before, getting up early and getting in line for the ferry the next morning. Reservations were easy to do online for the ferry.

Now to pick a place to stay one night in Anacortes. Going to look at some of the suggestions offered here. Coupe - thanks again for offering to check out the county campground; very interested to hear what you say. I don't think I have been able to track it down yet to get info online. Need to so more looking.
The name is Washington Park. It is either a Skagit Country park put a city park. If you look on a map of Anacortes, you will see it on the end of the peninsula just past the ferry terminal.

BTW, there is a campground close to the terminals on the Sidney end but toy should have adequate time to reach your planned stop with a noon arrival.

Confirmed that it is a city park and they do have 68 campsites.
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We just came across the Anacordes Ferry to San Juan Island (volunteer position) and government refunds our fairs!!! We have 38ft DP and disconnected the toad when we stayed at Pioneer Trails in Anacordes the night before. Nice, peaceful, clean place. Got to ferry 1 hour early for 9:30 ferry and almost got put on 8:30 ferry. We were the first vehicles on. We paid under 290us. Our cohosts did not disconnect and they paid 335us the next day. That's not all the way to Sydney but gives you some parameters. There was absolutely no problem loading or unloading.
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Be sure to fill up before you go across to the Canada. Both vehicles. It will save you some coin.
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Be sure to fill up before you go across to the Canada. Both vehicles. It will save you some coin.
The Chevron at the casino has the best prices in the area.
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