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Coho | transportation | A distinctive-looking grey, black and red ferry that carries passengers and vehicles between Victoria’s inner harbour and Port Angeles on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. The Coho made its maiden voyage in 1959 and was the model for the first two ships in the BC Ferries fleet (Queen of Sidney and Queen of Tsawwassen). Its 2-4 times daily 37km crossing takes about an hour and a half. Named after a local species of salmon, The Coho is equipped with a very loud horn that announces its departure with a series of low toots that can be heard across downtown Victoria.

Usage: “Want a cheap international cruise to an extraordinary wilderness? Olympic National Park is just a quick Coho ride away…”

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