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Crofton – Salt Spring Island Ferry Terminal Development Plan – Draft Concepts

    Travel & Transportation    June 10, 2019

The Crofton terminal is located within the Municipality of North Cowichan on Vancouver Island. The terminal connects the community to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Passengers travel on the Howe Sound Queen for a 25 minute sailing. The Howe Sound Queen has a vehicle capacity of 52 AEQ* and can carry 300 passengers and […]

Increasing Cost of Fuel Leads BC Ferries to Add Fuel Surcharge

    Travel & Transportation    May 16, 2019

BC Ferries is advising customers that due to current fuel market conditions, the company will implement a fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1. BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is independent of fares. Here is an example […]

Planned Night Work on the Skeena Queen – January 29, 2019

    Travel & Transportation    January 16, 2019

Night work is required on the evening of January 29, 2019 to remove a right angle drive on the MV Skeena Queen. The work is done at night time to prevent a service interruption. The work is scheduled to take place between 9:35 pm Tuesday January 29 and 5:30 am Wednesday January 30. All efforts […]

Long Harbour Terminal – Night Work

    Travel & Transportation    September 11, 2018

Please be advised that night work will be required on the Salish Eagle while berthed at Long Harbour terminal. Work will commence after the last scheduled sailing on the evening of September 12. This night work is necessary in order to prevent a service disruption. All efforts will be made to minimize the level and […]

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 […]

Community News

  • Podcast: An Environmental Organization t...

    by on 2 hours ago

    Have you ever wondered who was behind the Electric Vehicle Recharge Stations, Car Stops, Eco Home Tours, solar panels on the high school’s roof, Rainbow Road Gardens on Salt Spring Island on the island? In this episode, I’m talking with an organization that is helping communities with reducing their dependence on fossil fuels & increasing […]

  • Salt Spring National Art Prize Announces...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Five Salt Spring artists have been named as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). They are among the fifty or so artists from across Canada to have their work eligible to win one of nine awards, six selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. Local artists are also in the […]

  • Notice to Bus Riders – Detours on ...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Effective July 22 to August 30, 2019 – Please be advised that Walker’s Hook Road will be closed for repairs between Fort Street and Hedger Road beginning July 22 until August 30, 2019. This closure will be in effect 24 hours a day during these dates. During this time period please note that routes 5 Fernwood and 6 […]

  • Podcast: The Tiny Home on Wheel’s ...

    by on July 8, 2019

    I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

  • Carrot Day

    by on July 5, 2019

    It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1 is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow […]

  • Minister Seeking Input on Private Manage...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

  • 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, In...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Headlines announcing biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe can feel paralyzing. Even the most committed environmentalists may not know where to turn for solid information on the kinds of innovative — and dramatic — lifestyle changes that experts say will be need to weather the coming changes. Salt Spring’s Eco Living and Home Tour highlights what […]

  • BC’s Rural Islands Launch Economic Forum...

    by on June 27, 2019

    For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 […]

  • Survey: Should British Columbia Adopt Ye...

    by on June 24, 2019

    British Columbians are invited to share their views on how we should observe time in our province. Most areas of B.C. currently “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time during summer months and “fall back” to Standard Time in the winter. The following choices are being considered: 1) B.C. continues the practice of changing our clocks […]

  • Podcast: Adam Olsen speaks with Raffi – ...

    by on June 20, 2019

    When I first thought of transitioning my weekly Public Circle LIVE! broadcasts from Facebook to a weekly podcast, I had it in my mind to invite Raffi as a guest. We have run into each other a few times now at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market and I appreciate his forthright political commentary on Twitter. It all […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on June 20, 2019

    Vision: A responsive and sustainable fire-rescue service, effectively meeting community needs and valued by those we serve. Mission: Always learning, engaging and adapting to be response ready. Response Report Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 61 calls for assistance in May.  (Calls to Date:  291) Operations To be proactive regarding wildfire prevention a recommendation was […]

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