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Gabriola Island & Quadra Island Vessel Replacement

BC Ferries'’' Bowen Class vessels (Bowen Queen, Mayne Queen and Powell River Queen) are nearing the end of their lifespans. The upcoming retirement of these vessels gives us an opportunity to address what we have heard from you about increased traffic and sailing wait times on the Campbell River – Quadra Island and Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island routes.

While the Bowen Queen and Mayne Queen do not operate on these routes, we want to take this opportunity to hear your feedback as your input will help us with our vessel replacement and redeployment planning.

We recently completed engagement on Gabriola Island and Quadra Island, gathering input on the question:

Would you prefer one larger vessel that provides similar sailing frequency as the current service, or two smaller vessels with increased sailing frequency?

We heard from over 1,100 people through in-person and online engagement efforts. A report on what we heard will be available shortly. In the meantime, the preliminary results from our engagement question are shown below.

Gabriola Island Preliminary Results

When asked if they would prefer one larger vessel that provides similar sailing frequency as the current service, or two smaller vessels with increased sailing frequency, Gabriola Island residents indicated they would prefer two smaller vessels with increased sailing frequency.

Gabriola Island Preliminary Results

Quadra Island Preliminary Results

When asked if they would prefer one larger vessel that provides similar sailing frequency as the current service, or two smaller vessels with increased sailing frequency, Quadra Island residents have told us they would also prefer two smaller vessels with increased sailing frequency.

Quadra Island Preliminary Results

Next Steps

A report on what we heard through our engagement efforts will be available shortly. More information on the final vessel choice and future engagement opportunities around the vessel replacements will be available early this fall.