About BC Ferries

Ferries for the next generation

We Are Building the Next Generation of Ferries

We're thinking about you, the environment and the future of travel as we design ferries that will serve Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island for future generations. We'd like to show you what we've been up to and invite you into conversations that will help shape your future onboard experience.

What we've been up to

We are getting ready to build new ferries to replace four of our existing vessels (Queen of Alberni, Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Coquitlam, and Queen of Cowichan). This is one of the biggest projects BC Ferries has ever undertaken and there is a lot to consider as we work to:

  • Keep fares affordable
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Plan for flexibility to meet changing demands; and
  • Enhance the onboard experience of our customers.

Join the conversation

Please join us as we explore how our new ferries will serve you in the future. Take part in our online engagement until April 12!

Please click the link above to complete the online engagement about the Ferries for the Next Generation project. The engagement is completely anonymous, although the survey application, which is outside Canada, could track some information such as details about the device you use. The company hosting the survey on our behalf is Survey Monkey. Read their privacy policy here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/legal/privacy-policy/

Between March 25 and April 7, look for our outreach teams on board our major routes (Swartz Bay- Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point). Come talk to one of our ambassadors and share your thoughts about your future on board experience.

On Board Popup Schedule

Get Involved

We are at the very beginning of the process. At this stage we are identifying what we need and want our new ferries to do.

Process Diagram

The first stage of the project involves two parts: technical studies, and engagement with our customers, employees, and the communities we serve.

Technical Studies
Over the past several months the project team has been exploring options and deciding on requirements such as:

  • Size and capacity of the new ferries
  • Fuel and bunkering needs
  • Space allotments onboard
  • Speed and maneuverability
  • Technology requirements (e.g. propulsion systems, IT etc.)

The design process requires careful attention to technical requirements, matching ship and shore infrastructure, and balancing priorities. As we continue to work on these requirements, we would like to invite our customers, employees and the communities we serve into the conversation.

Customer and Employee Engagement:
Community, customer, and employee engagement for the first phase of the project will take place throughout March and the early part of April. We are gathering input through many streams of engagement including focused stakeholder workshops, online engagement, and pop-up events onboard our major routes.

We are committed to reporting back on what we've heard from you, and how we've used that feedback so you can understand where your input is being used, and where it's not, why.

We'd like to know what's important to you about these vessel replacements, and we're seeking input on key aspects of the design, including:

  • Accessibility: how can we make ferries easier to get around for passengers of all abilities?
  • Pedestrians & Cyclists: how can we make traveling by foot and bike easier for you?
  • Family spaces: how can we make traveling with children easier for you?
  • Pet spaces: what would make traveling with pets easier for you?
  • Outdoor spaces: what would make your experience on our outer decks better?
  • Food and beverage options and service: how can we make food service more convenient and improve our food offerings?
  • Technology: what technology-related amenities are important to you?
  • New amenities: do you want to see new kinds of amenities on our ferries?

Key Facts and Considerations

We are thinking about many different factors as we design our next generation of ferries including: keeping fares affordable, reducing our environmental impact, remaining flexible to changing demands, and enhancing the onboard experience of our customers and employees.

Key Facts and Considerations

For more information, check out our FAQs.