There will be a celebration this Sunday marking the return of the international sailing between the San Juans and Sidney, B.C.
From the Peninsula News Review:
“The annual fast and furious party for the Ferry Between Friends will start with the arrival of the first boat of the season Sunday…
“The first ferry of the season will dock at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 25 followed by a 40 minute party with pipes, town criers, RCMP in serge and words from the mayors of the three communities where the Washington State Ferry stops…
“ ‘It brings a lot of tourists to our region, both sides,’ Olson said. And it’s not just from Anacortes, but the islands between as well, due to the stop on San Juan. ‘In the summer probably 20 per cent of our business comes from Friday Harbour,’ he said.”
Read the full story here:
She’s back: The ferry from Anacortes returns with pomp Sunday
Via the Times-Colonist:
“Sidney council has approved a lease agreement of up to 20 years with Washington State Ferries to operate the municipality’s terminal and share capital costs…
“A key benefit will see capital costs shared for the Sidney-owned terminal. Currently, the municipality is 100 per cent responsible, but that will change under the new deal, Cross said. Washington State Ferries will be paying rent and taxes as well…
“The business community in Sidney and on the Saanich Peninsula are eager to see the ferry service maintained. Discussions are underway with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to increase marketing.”
Read the full story here: Sidney OKs lease deal for terminal
The Times Colonist (Victoria, BC) reports that overall ridership on the Anacortes/Sydney run increased nearly 10% between April 1 and August 30. In addition, for the first time in more than a decade, the schedule made it possible for San Juan Island residents to make the round trip in one day. Ridership between the San Juans and Sydney was up 17% in the same time period. This is interesting news at a time when it has been suggested that this run should be reduced…
Read the entire article here.
“Why worry about saving the Anacortes-Sidney run?”
I was asked this question last week while collecting signatures for the petition during a ferry run. The person who asked had already signed a petition in the Village but now was having second thoughts. “Shouldn’t the money it costs to fund that run be spent on island runs instead?” she asked.