Ferry Service on Vancouver Island
Ferry service within British Columbia.
BC Ferries provides vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver (Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay, south and north of the city respectively) and Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay near Victoria and the Nanaimo terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay). One of the largest ferry operators in the world, transporting over 20 million passenger in 2011/2012, BC Ferries also provides year-round connections between various Island communities and the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Haida Gwaii, and mainland northern BC. Travel from Comox to Powell River on the mainland, or between the Island and the northern Gulf Islands of Denman, Hornby, Quadra and Cortes. Vessels can accommodate cars, RVs, trucks, buses, and bikes. On-board services on the Vancouver runs to Victoria and Nanaimo include cafeterias, buffet dining, gift shops and exclusive lounges. BC Ferries has a fleet of 35 vessels serving 25 routes and 47 terminals.
Ferry service from Washington State
Black Ball Ferry Line’s MV Coho delivers cars and passengers year-round to Victoria’s Inner Harbour from Port Angeles. Victoria is also the departure point for passenger-only Clipper runs to Seattle. Washington State Ferries offers car ferry service between Sidney and Anacortes in spring, summer and fall.
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) is one of the largest ferry operators in the world, providing year-round vehicle and passenger service on 25 routes to 47 terminals, with a fleet of 35 vessels. The company provides an essential transportation link that connects coastal communities and facilitates the movement of people, goods and services throughout coastal British Columbia.
BC Ferries’ diverse service area includes connections between the Vancouver Mainland and Vancouver Island; from Vancouver Island or the Vancouver Mainland to many small island communities; from Prince Rupert on the province’s north coast to Haidai Gwaii and to Port Hardy. In 2011/12, BC Ferries transported 20.2 million passengers and 7.8 million vehicles on over 186,000 sailings.
BC Ferries’ goal is to always offer passengers a memorable travel experience. Vessels serving customers on BC Ferries routes between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast offer a wide range of passenger services – onboard and at the terminal. The mix varies from one vessel or terminal to the next but the goal is always the same: to make your voyage comfortable and enjoyable. On your trip across the water, be sure to look for a variety of onboard amenities like the Coastal Cafe, the Pacific Buffet, the Seawest Lounge and Passages Gift Shop.
BC Ferries has a several appetizing dining options available onboard that vary from one vessel to the next. The Coastal Cafe has an assortment of hot and cold items such as Bread Garden sandwiches, wraps and sushi, White Spot Burgers Onboard, Captain Kids Meals and options from the Healthy Choices Program like a selection of fresh salads. For passengers looking for an elegant dining experience with spectacular ocean views, the Pacific Buffet offers a variety of gourmet choices for an all-inclusive price.
If you are looking to do some onboard shopping, Passages Gift Shop is a great place to find gifts and souvenirs inspired by the West Coast of British Columbia. Passengers will find a wide selection of jewelry, clothing, toys, books and even gift certificates. Simply want to relax onboard? Enjoy the scenic coastal views from the Seawest Lounge – this is the perfect place for passengers looking for a quiet, comfortable and peaceful experience onboard.
There are various passenger services available at our terminals that vary from one terminal to the next. Larger terminals feature markets and coffee shops, play areas and other amenities, while smaller ones have facilities suited to travellers on shorter, inter-island crossings – many with kiosks run by local businesses.
On select routes a guaranteed reservation may be purchased on a first come, first serve basis.
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