USA-Canada Two Nation Vacation | The Olympic Peninsula, WA

2-Nation Vacation


The US border opened on November 8, 2021. You need proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to cross into the US. Please have your vaccination card or a photo of it ready in the event you are asked to show it.


Please Note: The PCR exemption for Canadians travelling less than 72 hours in the US does not apply to the MV Coho ferry crossing.

Starting November 30, 2021, PCR testing is no longer required for Canadians travelling less than 72 hours in US. This only applies to travellers crossing the border by air or land. Canadian citizens and permanent residents coming back to Canada by MV Coho still are required to show the result of PCR (Molecular) testing regardless of how long they stayed in US. Canadians can still take the MV Coho to the US and come back within 72 hours through the land border to be eligible for the exemption.


1) A negative molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test result on a sample taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival OR a positive molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test result on a sample taken between 14 and 180 days prior to arrival (i.e., evidence of prior infection). PCR tests must have a lab name and time and date stamp for when the test was taken. Please Note: PCR tests that can be done within 72 hours can range from $175 – $250 USD.

The following locations guarantee a PCR test 72-hour turn-around. Note that appointments may be required and there is a cost.

2) You will need to register your travel with ArriveCAN before you travel. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • The date and time of day you plan to enter Canada.
  • The port of entry (Please input “Victoria (Operations)” if “Victoria” is not an option).
  • Travelers in your party
  • Contact information.
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (this will include uploading a copy of your proof of vaccination). Please also bring a copy of your proof of vaccination for inspection by CBSA officers.
  • NOTE: “Arrival” in Canada is considered to be the moment you cross the border during the ferry ride. Accordingly, to calculate “72 hours prior,” please add 45 minutes to your departure time from Port Angeles and then count back 3 days. For example, if you are scheduled to leave Port Angeles on our 8:20am sailing, you will “arrive” in Canada at 9:05am. 72 hours prior is at 9:05am three days before departure.
  • A quarantine plan (Note: Although ArriveCAN requires you to input this information, as a practical matter, non-Canadian citizens denied entry will simply be able to immediately return to the United States rather than quarantine in Canada. You may simply input the Black Ball Ferry Line Victoria terminal (430 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9) or a hotel that you are staying at as your quarantine location).

Please Note: You can access ArriveCAN by the following:

  • ArriveCAN Website: You can access the site for free on any personal or public device, such as tablet, laptop, smartphone or desktop computer. You must print out your information and bring it with you to the terminal.
  • ArriveCAN Mobile App: Use the latest version of the free ArriveCAN app. It’s available from the Google Play Store and the App Store for iPhone.

Once you submit your information, you will receive an ArriveCAN receipt. You will need to present your ArriveCAN receipt to a Canada border services officer by one of the following:

  • An email confirmation
  • A printout
  • A screenshot
  • Through ArriveCAN directly

For more information, please read the Canadian government’s travel requirements before planning your trip to Canada.

Sailing with the M.V. Coho

Once you’ve explored the Olympic Peninsula, extend your experience beyond the U.S. border. The M.V. Coho, operated by Black Ball Ferry Line, provides year-round passenger and vehicle ferry service between Port Angeles and Victoria, British Columbia. Outside decks, a covered solarium and floor-to-ceiling windows provide the opportunity for close-up views of stunning scenery and marine wildlife along the 90-minute ride.

The craft will accommodate your car, truck or RV, but you might consider walking or biking on and leaving the vehicle behind. Public transportation in Victoria makes getting around a snap, and a plethora of sites and activities are within easy walking distance of ferry terminals.

Visiting Victoria: Charm, History and So Much More

Only 18 miles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles, the cosmopolitan city of Victoria, B.C. feels worlds away. Renowned for its British flair and charming ambiance, the capital city of British Columbia abounds with Victorian architecture, stunning gardens, outdoor recreation and unique cultural experiences.

The Butterfly Gardens in Victoria, BC

The Butterfly Gardens

Six Places See in Victoria:

  1. Explore the beauty of The Butchart Gardens—55 acres of garden splendor.
  2. Stroll picturesque Inner Harbour
  3. Take a double-decker bus tour and hop off for tea at the majestic Fairmont Empress Hotel.
  4. Take a whale-watching excursion
  5. Explore the natural and human history of British Columbia at the world-acclaimed Royal British Columbia Museum
  6. Discover British Columbia’s craft beer scene and farm-to-table cuisine

Learn more about what awaits in Victoria, B.C. Black Ball Ferry Line offers several packages, and ideas for crafting your own 2-Nation Vacation itinerary.

Before you Board: Tips for Ferry Travel

  • Avoid the rush. Summers and weekends are busy. Arrive at the terminal at least one hour before scheduled sailing time.
  • Don’t forget the proper ID. A passport or enhanced driver’s license is required for passage between the U.S. and Canada.
  • Consider ditching the car. Take advantage of stellar local transportation and leave your car behind. Added bonus: No reservations required for foot passengers, and cyclists load via the passenger ramp.
  • Bring your appetite. Enjoy specialty beverages, light meals including Ivar’s Famous Clam Chowder and fish and chips, and snacks from the onboard ferry café. Or bring you own food for a memorable floating picnic.
  • Pack a jacket. Outside decks offer a refreshing ride, but they can get breezy.
  • Bring your furry friend. Pets love vacations, too. The M.V. Coho allows them in the main cabin and on the solarium deck. Check to be certain your pet has the necessary documentation to make leaving and entering both countries a seamless process.

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