Monday, April 23, 2007

Earth Week - Get out of your car!

If drivers would use alternative transportation even 1 or 2 days a week, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly reduced. Try riding your bike to work, or take transit, or carpool, or walk!

If the benefit to the environment isn't enough incentive for you, think about these stats from the Canadian Auto Assn. on the true cost of operating a vehicle. The numbers are based on Dec. 2004 data (when gas was 86.9 cents/litre) so the real costs are even higher:

Based on driving a Chevy Cavalier Z-24 for 12,000 km in 1 year, total annual cost is over $8500 (including insurance, depreciation, gas, maintenance, interest). That works out to over 70 cents per kilometre.

A Dodge Caravan driven the same amount would cost over $9300/yr or 78 cents/km. More info...

For American driving cost info, click here .

Monday, April 02, 2007

Save a bundle on BC Ferries fares: Coast Saver discounts

queen of new westminster ferry leaving Tsawwassen for Duke Point Nanaimo BC
BC Ferries has discounted fares substantially on a number of sailings between the Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Here's the scoop from the website:

"Introducing CoastSaver Sailings from BC Ferries. Huge savings on selected sailings between Vancouver and Victoria or Nanaimo, for all passengers and vehicles. Arrive early to ensure space on these sailings or make a reservation. The CoastSaver Sailings offer is only available for scheduled CoastSaver sailings. The CoastSaver Sailing fare will only be applied at the time of ticket purchase."

CoastSaver Sailings are currently scheduled for travel between Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo on select sailings until March 31/2008.

Victoria (Swartz Bay) to Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Victoria (Swartz Bay)
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Nanaimo (Duke Point)
Nanaimo (Duke Point) to Vancouver (Tsawwassen)
West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) to Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
Nanaimo (Departure Bay) to West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)

CoastSaver Sailings Fares : Savings of up to 40% on passenger and vehicle fares. Check it out here .

There's also some great off-season hotel rates available too: Vancouver , Victoria , Nanaimo . Book online or call 1-800-780-5733 and mention discount code 71430 for the best rates. Check out the deals at Fairmont Hotels too...

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