Inside Passage — Vancouver to Ketchikan

We departed Vancouver late in the evening and passed quietly under the Lions Gate Bridge which connects Vancouver with North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The suspension bridge opened in 1938 and has a main span of 1,552 feet (473 meters), main tower height of 364 feet (111 meters), and a clearance from water to the bridge deck of 200 feet (61 meters).

Our ship, the Grand Princess, utilized a ship’s pilot to assist in navigating the waters of Vancouver harbor and the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada. When the pilot’s services were no longer necessary, a small boat pulled up to our ship to offload the pilot.

Once we reached Ketchikan, we took in the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show which was quite entertaining. Later in the afternoon we visited the Totem Bight State Historical Park which contains 14 replica totems plus a replica Tlingit clan house. The replica totems and clan house were constructed based on abandoned authentic totems made by native carvers.

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