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BC Ferries Going Smoke and eCigarette Free

    Health & Wellness, Travel & Transportation    December 6, 2017

BC Ferries is pleased to advise customers that the company will be introducing a smoke – free environment in all BC Ferries locations, including terminals and vessels starting January 22, 2018 . This also includes the interior of all vehicles on BC Ferries property. “This new policy support s the health and wellness of our […]

Assistance with New Regulations Restricting Passengers From Closed Car Decks

    Travel & Transportation    October 10, 2017

Tomorrow marks the implementation of Transport Canada regulations that restrict passengers from remaining in their vehicles on closed car decks. BC Ferries understands this change impacts customers that need to remain in their vehicles. BC Ferries wants to help where possible. Customers needing to remain in their vehicles should identify themselves at the ticket booth […]

BC Ferries To Ban Smoking on All Vessels and at All Terminals

    Travel & Transportation    August 22, 2017

BC Ferries announced today that as of January 22, 2018, the company will introduce a smoke-free environment on board all of its vessels and at its terminals. This coincides with National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from January 21 to 28, 2018. Last year, the Province amended regulations for no smoking buffer zones around any doorway, […]

BC Ferries – New Closed Vehicle Deck Space Regulations

    Travel & Transportation    August 22, 2017

On October 11, 2017, BC Ferries will harmonize its safety practices with Canadian ferry operators relating to Transport Canada regulations that prohibit passengers from remaining in their vehicle on any closed deck on a vessel that is underway. Since 2007, BC Ferries has been complying with Transport Canada regulations by maintaining a continuous car deck […]

Salish Raven Enters Service Early – Queen of Nanaimo Out

    Travel & Transportation    August 1, 2017

BC Ferries’ newest vessel replaces Queen of Nanaimo starting Thurs., Aug 3 – BC Ferries announced today Salish Raven, the third of three new Salish Class ships will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route on Thurs., Aug 3. Its inaugural sailing will depart Tsawwassen at 2:45 p.m. The company has worked […]

Queen of Nanaimo Crew Rescues Seven After Mayday Call

    Travel & Transportation    July 14, 2017

Please be advised that the Queen of Nanaimo is currently operating 83 minutes behind schedule due to responding to a marine emergency. The vessel heard a Mayday distress call on their radio and aided in rescuing 7 people from a boat that ran aground. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may […]

BC Ferries Unveils Salish Raven Hull Wrap

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    July 14, 2017

Earlier this week at BC Ferries’ Richmond refit facility, the wrap adorning the hull of Salish Raven was unveiled to Musqueam First Nation’s Thomas Cannell, who designed the artwork that was revealed in February of this year. Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannell’s design depicts the beauty of the powerful, intelligent raven. His bold vision of […]

Travel Alert: All Queen of Nanaimo Sailings Out of Long Harbour Cancelled

    Travel & Transportation    June 23, 2017

2017-06-28 Update as of 10:30 am: QUEEN OF NANAIMO RETURNS TO SERVICE – Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands: BC Ferries is pleased to advise that repairs to the Queen of Nanaimo are complete and the vessel will return to service tomorrow on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in advance of the Canada Day […]

BC Ferries’ Salish Eagle Officially Begins Service

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    June 19, 2017

Queen of Nanaimo to continue providing service to Southern Gulf Islands until later this year – The second of BC Ferries’ three new vessels, Salish Eagle, will officially commence service on Wednesday, June 21, at 9:10 a.m. on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route. Salish Eagle is the second of three new Salish Class […]

Long Harbour Terminal Shoreline Stabilization

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    January 25, 2017

Please be advised that BC Ferries will be conducting a shoreline stabilization project at Long Harbour Terminal. The work will commence on February 8 and is expected to be completed prior to March 3, 2017. The work will involve excavating equipment and delivery of rock fill during the project. All work will be limited to […]

First Peoples’ Cultural Council Announce Artists For Salish Class Vessels

    Art & Design, News & Events    January 21, 2016

BC Ferries, in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, has selected three Coast Salish artists to create designs for the new Salish Class vessels. The artists being commissioned to produce artwork for the new ships are Darlene Gait from Esquimalt Nation for the Salish Orca, John Marston from Stz’uminus for the Salish Eagle, and […]

BC Ferries Announces Names for New Ferries

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    July 28, 2015

Following a contest in which BC Ferries received more than 7,100 entries, a panel of judges has selected Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven as the names for its new intermediate class ferries currently under construction. Salish Orca will enter service on the Comox – Powell River route late next year. Salish Eagle and […]

Foot Passenger Reservation Pilot Announced

    News & Events    April 30, 2015

Beginning tomorrow, BC Ferries will be implementing a pilot project to allow free foot passenger reservations for customers travelling from Tsawwassen to any island serviced on the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route. Walk-on passengers can now guarantee boarding on a sailing to Salt Spring, Galiano, Saturna, Pender or Mayne Islands. Pilot to run May 1 – […]

March Traffic on BC Ferries Up 5% Over Last Year

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    April 9, 2015

Year over year comparison shows vehicle and passenger traffic increases. Traffic is up on BC Ferries over the same period last year, with March showing increases of over 5 per cent for vehicles and nearly 4 per cent for passengers. In March 2015, BC Ferries welcomed an additional 51,937 passengers and 29,861 vehicles compared to […]

Vesuvius Terminal Trestle Repairs – Vehicle Length Restrictions

    News & Events    April 4, 2015

Please be advised that during April 17 to April 20, BC Ferries will be carrying out necessary repairs to the trestle at Vesuvius Terminal on Salt Spring Island. These repairs will require a portion of the trestle to be blocked off allowing for removal and replacement of the trestle decking and support beams. This project […]

BC Ferries Signs 10-Year Natural Gas Contract for New Long Harbour Ferry

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    February 2, 2015

BC Ferries is pleased to announce it has just awarded a long-term contract to FortisBC to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the three new intermediate class vessels that are currently under construction. The first ship is scheduled to enter service in late 2016, the second vessel by early 2017 and the third ship […]

Construction Begins on New Intermediate Class Ferries

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    January 19, 2015

BC Ferries announced that the first steel cut for the first of three new intermediate class ferries (ICF) took place at the Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. shipyard in Gdansk, Poland last week. The event marks the construction start of the next new vessel in BC Ferries’ fleet and was recognized at a small ceremony with representatives […]

BC Ferries’ Public Survey – Sailing Schedule Refinement Options

    News & Events, Travel & Transportation    February 12, 2014

After conducting engagement sessions in the communities that would be affected by proposed sailing reductions across the coastal ferry service network, the provincial government has recently confirmed a plan to reduce sailings across a number of routes serviced by BC Ferries. BC Ferries will now implement these service adjustments to ensure new route schedules are […]

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    by on April 3, 2018

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