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Welcoming the Northern Sea Wolf

We’re looking forward to welcoming you on board the Northern Sea Wolf in June 2019. In mid-September, the ship moved from Esquimalt Dry Dock in Victoria to our refit facility in Richmond where we continue to work hard to complete the upgrades, before commencing sea trials, systems testing and crew training. We'll be advising the communities when the vessel will be conducting dock trials on the Central Coast, so anyone interested can come take a look at the newest addition to our fleet. This past spring, we completed approximately $10 million of upgrades to the berths at Ocean Falls, Bella Coola, Shearwater and Bella Bella in order to accommodate the Northern Sea Wolf.

Connecting travellers with the region's culture

BC Ferries and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council have revealed the Indigenous artistic designs for the Northern Sea Wolf. Kwakiutl First Nation’s Richard Hunt and Nuxalk Nation’s Danika Naccarella designed the artwork that will adorn the Northern Sea Wolf. The artwork will be displayed on the interior and exterior of the vessel for customers to view, along with profiles of the artists.

BC Ferries and community stakeholders named the Northern Sea Wolf in honour of a First Nations’ legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca. The designs depict the beauty of the majestic animal, with The Sea Wolf the symbol of family, loyalty and the protector of those travelling their waters.

In December 2017, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council issued a call for artists from the Central Coast to submit their portfolios for consideration. A jury of artist peers and BC Ferries representatives identified a shortlist of artists who were invited to submit specific design concepts for the Northern Sea Wolf. The jury reviewed the design concepts with attention to artistic excellence, Indigenous style and the ability to express the vessel name through artwork, selecting and commissioning the designs of Richard Hunt and Danika Naccarella.

View the artwork »
View the press release for the art reveal event »

Central Coast Connector Service

As a gesture to our valued customers and the communities impacted by the delayed entry into service of the Northern Sea Wolf, travel on the Central Coast connector on board the Nimpkish will be complimentary through to March 31, 2019.

  • To book your travel on the Nimpkish, please call our Customer Service Centre at 1-888-223-3779 and one of our agents will be pleased to help you. Priority will be given to customers who have already requested reservations. Standard cancellation rates apply.

Direct Summer Service 2019

  • The direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola will now run from June 3 through October 10, 2019. This service will extend the previously planned summer 2019 schedule by adding 10 sailings at the beginning of the season, and 8 sailings at the end. Reservations are now open for booking.
  • We are also working with regional destination marketing organizations on Vancouver Island and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast to develop plans to promote the 2019 direct summer service.

Northern Sea Wolf Photo Gallery

A freshly painted Northern Sea Wolf View from the stern of the Northern Sea Wolf
A freshly painted Northern Sea Wolf View from the stern

The Northern Sea Wolf

Port Hardy to Bella Coola details

We look forward to having the Northern Sea Wolf service the Central Coast for years to come and we will be ready to welcome you on board in June.

*Automobile Equivalent (AEQ) is used to determine vessel capacity based on a standard vehicle measure of 6.1 x 2.6 meters, roughly equal to a full-size family vehicle.

**Schedule and fares are subject to change.