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Any time you board one of BC Ferries’ ships, you can expect a scenic ride, whether you’re heading to Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, or the Sunshine Coast. Traveling between Vancouver’s Tsawassen ferry terminal and Victoria’s Swartz Bay, your boat meanders through the southern Gulf Islands, and it’s not unusual to catch a glimpse of a frolicking whale. Also from Tsawassen, you can travel to Salt Spring Island, the largest of the southern Gulf Islands — and with Forbes Travel GuideFour-Star Hastings House Country House Hotel, it also has the islands’ best place to stay. From Horseshoe Bay, northwest of Vancouver, you can catch the ferry to Langdale, gateway to the Sunshine Coast, for beaches, hiking, and exploring.