Pacific Buffet at the BC Ferries

There are a few things in which I don’t “cheap out”. I don’t scrimp on warm clothing, nor food, nor anything that is vital for my performance as an academic, consultant or individual. And there is one thing I never scrimp on when I travel – on the food and comfort. So, whenever I travel using BC Ferries, I make sure that my comfort is always my top priority.

The last media trip I took to Victoria, I traveled extremely early to ensure I would arrive on time to give a seminar at the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, before a relaxation weekend (yes, I prioritize work over relaxation – so sue me). Thus, as early as I arrived to the BC Ferries’ vessel, I decided to go in and eat at the Pacific Buffet.

Pacific Buffet on BC Ferries

Pacific Buffet on BC Ferries

Pacific Buffet on BC Ferries

The Pacific Buffet offers ocean-view dining on sailings from Vancouver to Victoria and features a wide selection of hot and cold items, a fresh salad bar, and a decadent new dessert bar featuring mounds of chocolate and rich and creamy cheesecake. Yours to enjoy for one all-inclusive price.

Selections range from traditional breakfast fare to dim sum, chicken with tarragon sauce, wild BC salmon with lemon dill sauce, and our famous clam chowder, depending on time of travel.

You can tell that I couldn’t eat everything even though I tried really really hard. Breakfast (7 am to 9 am) is $16.50, Brunch (11 am) $19.00, Lunch (1pm to 3 pm) $19.00, and Dinner (5 pm to 8:30 pm) $22.00. Admittedly, these aren’t prices that people who are really cash-strapped, but as I mentioned, for me it’s important to not scrimp on food.


Disclosure: While my travel to and from Victoria was sponsored by BC Ferries and Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) for my media trip, I paid for my breakfast at the Pacific Buffet on my own dime.

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Comments (2)

ChrisNovember 25th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Marnie & I don’t head through Victoria often, but when we do we always head to the Pacific Buffet. True it’s a touch more money, but the food is better than what is usually available in the cafeteria and the ambiance is much nicer. Unfortunately, the last couple of times we were unable to stay for the entire trip due to it’s popularity – had to give up our seats.
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DavidNovember 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Tried it for Dinner, and I have to admit it was pretty good, although I’m not sure it warrants the $22 price tag. On the other hand, I was able to get a seat near a power outlet, so I had dinner and a movie on my laptop. Not a bad end (nearly, anyway) to a long day.
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