Northern Adventure to serve islands over the winter

  • Nov. 5, 2007 7:00 p.m.

The Northern Adventure will be returning to Hecate Strait as of Nov. 21, says BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. The Northern Adventure will be serving the Skidegate-Prince Rupert route as well as the Prince Rupert-Port Hardy route for the entire winter and into the spring, as the Queen of Prince Rupert heads down to Deas Pacific Marine in Richmond for refit and maintenance. Ms Marshall said the QPR won’t return until sometime in April. At that point, the Northern Adventure will go to Richmond for a refit before starting the busy summer season. The Northern Adventure is bigger and newer than the 41-year-old QPR, but some islanders have complained that it handles the waves of Hecate Strait much differently, with a nausea-inducing side-to-side motion. It also took longer to load and unload. BC Ferries bought and renovated the Northern Adventure last year to replace the sunken Queen of the North, and it served the Skidegate-Rupert route for about a month last spring.Northen