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Terminal Development Planning

Swartz Bay

This Spring we will be embarking on an engagement process to gather community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal, including improved passenger buildings, amenities, and operational facilities.

Your input is vital to the planning process and will help shape the future design and function of the terminal.

The terminal development plan builds on the previous master plan developed in 2004. Since then, there have been a number of upgrades made to the ticket booths, traffic flows and berths. The new plan is intended to create a vision for a more efficient and pleasurable experience for customers, while supporting growth in the region by moving people and goods with greater ease.

Project Update

We want to hear from you

This spring, we are launching an extensive engagement effort to gather input from key stakeholders, including Ferry Advisory Committees, local governments, nearby residents and businesses, and customers. The process will involve three rounds of engagement, progressing from identifying issues and opportunities to establishing a preferred concept for the terminal.

Engagement will consist of a series of stakeholder workshops, pop-up sessions at the terminal, and an online engagement tool. Following each round of feedback, we will prepare a report summarizing everything we heard and post it here for you to see.

The final step will be the development of a draft terminal development plan that meets BC Ferries’ and the community’s collective needs. We expect the final plan to be ready later this year. When it is, we will host additional information sessions at Swartz Bay, for customers and community members.

Opportunities for Public Input


  • To raise awareness, build interest, and work with the community to explore ways of improving the terminal and to develop a future vision for the terminal
  • To identify terminal improvements, phasing, and cost estimates to accommodate future growth and functional needs
  • To ensure improvements are undertaken in a sustainable, cost-effective, and efficient way.

Stay involved! Please, keep checking back for more information as the project progresses.

Have questions? Email us at tdpinfo@bcferries.com or see our Frequently Asked Questions

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