Travel Advisory: COVID-19 Update - Important information - Last updated November 23, 2020 View ×

BC Ferries remains committed to ensuring coastal communities have reliable access to essential goods and supplies. Our priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees, and the company will strictly adhere to provincial and federal guidelines.

We encourage our customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be calm, be kind, and be safe. Our vessel and terminal staff are working hard to adjust to changing circumstances and to implement protocols and procedures that keep everyone safe and healthy. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. A customer who abuses an employee will be denied service.

On November 19, 2020 Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an update to the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 - December 7, 2020), for more information click here. BC Ferries advises customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time – this includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. If this new Provincial Health Officer restriction affects your travel plans please contact us to change or cancel your booking. Reservations fees for existing bookings will be refunded if travel must be cancelled as a result of Provincial Health Order (PHO) travel restrictions, please contact us in advance of travel. This applies to travel occurring during the PHO travel restriction period. 

 

Masks are mandatory

All passengers must wear non-medical masks or face coverings when at terminals and on board ferries except:

  • When inside a vehicle
  • When consuming food or drinks, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • Medical condition or disability that inhibits the ability to wear a mask
  • Persons unable to place or remove a mask without assistance
  • BC Ferries employees working behind a physical barrier or within employee only areas provided physical distancing is maintained

 

* In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask or face covering due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional. This is a new Transport Canada requirement for ferry operators across Canada.

Passengers are reminded to continue to maintain physical distance while wearing a mask.
 
As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a mask should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.

 

Transport Canada - Closed deck regulation - reinstatement on September 30th

The temporary flexibility Transport Canada granted ferry operators that allows passengers to remain in their vehicle on enclosed vehicle decks is being rescinded by the regulator on September 30th, 2020. Transport Canada allowed this temporary flexibility earlier this summer in response to COVID-19. BC Ferries must comply with Transport Canada regulations. Starting on September 30th, passengers loaded on enclosed lower decks will be required to leave their vehicles.

Learn more about the reinstatement of the Transport Canada regulation

View frequently asked questions

 

Transport Canada - COVID-19 screening

For any route longer than 30 minutes, BC Ferries will screen all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements, as per the federal guidelines.

Prior to entering a BC Ferries’ terminal, customers need to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a fever and a cough?
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty?
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order? Note: A provincial/territorial or local public health order is typically a quarantine order issued to a person who has tested positive or is presumed positive to COVID-19
  5. Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree to wear this covering when outside your vehicle at terminals and while on board ferries?

If you answer yes to any of questions 1 to 4 and/or no to question 5 above, or refuse to answer any of the questions, BC Ferries will deny you boarding. Customers not displaying symptoms and under a directive to self-isolate at home may be permitted on board but will be required to maintain physical distance by remaining in their vehicle.

BC Ferries has implemented measures in order to ensure that customers with serious medical conditions and a need for time sensitive treatments are able to continue to travel. Customers can communicate their travel needs to the ticket agent when they arrive at the terminal. Reservations are recommended, but non-reserved travel will be prioritized based on the essential travel needs.

View more details on Transport Canada’s announcement

Book in advance to avoid lengthy waits as sailings are limited. Check-in processing takes longer due to screening protocols in place.

 

Northern routes

For more information on our current Northern schedules, visit bcferries.com/schedules.

Many communities served by BC Ferries have issued advisories to travelers notifying them of limited supplies, healthcare equipment and resources. These communities include Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Bella Coola. Customers should inform themselves of local situations and remain committed to essential travel only.
For more information about travel and restrictions in these northern communities, see:

Foot passengers

When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or in our terminals. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands and our North Coast routes, and can now be made online.  On all other routes, foot passengers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis until passenger capacity has been reached, and tickets may be purchased at the terminal.

 

BC Ferries Vacations

Customers with BC Ferries Vacation bookings affected by the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 - December 7, 2020) can contact us to change or cancel their booking. If you require immediate assistance, please contact BC Ferries Vacations at 1-888-223-3779 Ext. 3, or email vacations@bcferries.com. Vacations Call Centre business hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Weekends and statutory holidays: 9 am – 5 pm

 

Additional information

  • Customers requiring wheelchair assistance: We are unable to provide wheelchair assistance at terminals or on board ferries. If you require a wheelchair, request one at the terminal. We ask that you travel with your own wheelchair assistant if required.

  • For more information on travelling with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click here
  • Updates from our President and CEO Mark Collins

Vehicles with U.S. license plates travelling on the Ferries

Canada Border Services Agency is screening people entering Canada at the borders. BC Ferries does not have a mandate to restrict travel.

 

We’re in this together

We are proud of the work our dedicated employees continue to provide during this situation. Crews have been taking, and will continue to take, extra measures to ensure continued safe transport of critical goods and supplies to coastal B.C. communities. If you have a chance to relay a ‘thank-you’ to our teams online, please do.

BC Ferries provides a lifeline to remote and to coastal communities in British Columbia, and will continue to provide vital services, such as delivering medical supplies and groceries to support communities.

For more information on all the steps BC Ferries is taking during COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 response page. For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules. BC Ferries hopes to resume the levels of service customers have come to expect soon.

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Media release archive

January 2017 – December 2019

Release Date News Item
Thursday, December 19, 2019 ISLAND CLASS FERRIES PREPARING FOR FINAL LEG OF JOURNEY TO B.C.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ newest hybrid electric ships arrived at the Panama Canal today and are now preparing for their trip home to B.C.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 LOCAL FOOD BANKS BENEFIT FROM BC FERRIES’ EMPLOYEE GOLF EVENT
VICTORIA –BC Ferries is proud of its employees’ efforts to raise and donate money to local food banks through the annual BC Ferries’ Employees Golf Tournament. This year the tournament raised $3430, which was divided equally between the Mayne Island Food Bank Society and the Pender Island Food Bank.
Monday, December 16, 2019 BC FERRIES ELIMINATES FUEL SURCHARGE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the current 1.5 per cent fuel surcharge will be removed as of December 17, 2019.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 BC FERRIES ADDS MORE THAN 170 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
VICTORIA – There’s no place like home for the holidays, and BC Ferries is adding 171 extra sailings to make travel easier for customers sailing between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Monday, December 9, 2019 BC FERRIES VESSEL BOWEN QUEEN TO SERVE VICTORIA TO SALT SPRING ROUTE OVER DECEMBER HOLIDAY PERIOD
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is reminding customers the vessel, Bowen Queen, will be on the Victoria (Swartz Bay) – Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) route from Dec. 20, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020. The vessel that usually serves this route, Skeena Queen, is undergoing a mid-life upgrade from Oct. 28, 2019 to mid-March, 2020.
Friday, November 22, 2019 BC FERRIES RELEASES SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its second quarter results today for the three months ended September 30, 2019.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 BC FERRIES TWO HYBRID ELECTRIC SHIPS BOUND FOR BC
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ first two hybrid electric Island Class ferries are on their way to British Columbia. The ships departed Constanta, Romania on November 20, 2019, on a semi-submersible vessel for the 10,305 nautical mile journey to their new home in B.C. Damen Shipyards Group is responsible for the transport of the ships to B.C.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 BC FERRIES ADDS 28 SAILINGS FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY WEEKEND AND HONOURS MILITARY PERSONNEL AND SENIORS WITH FREE PASSENGER TRAVEL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding extra sailings for the upcoming Remembrance Day weekend. Twenty-four extra sailings are scheduled on the Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria) route. Two extra round trips have also been added to the Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo) route.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 BC FERRIES AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR FOUR MORE HYBRID ELECTRIC VESSELS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries continues to roll out its Clean Futures Plan and has awarded Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands contracts to build four more battery electric-hybrid Island Class vessels scheduled to go into service in 2022.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 BC FERRIES BANS AGGRESSIVE PASSENGER FROM TRAVEL FOR ONE YEAR
VICTORIA – BC Ferries has enforced its zero tolerance policy for abuse of its employees by issuing a one-year travel ban to a passenger who aggressively drove his motor vehicle towards an employee at the Langdale terminal on the morning of Oct. 15. The company has issued multiple one-year travel bans to passengers in the past two weeks alone.
Friday, October 25, 2019 BC FERRIES INTRODUCES MALASPINA SKY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the renaming of the Island Sky to Malaspina Sky. The company held an event on Oct. 24 to celebrate the renaming with the Sunshine Coast community.
Monday, October 21, 2019 BC FERRIES REPLACES SKEENA QUEEN WITH QUEEN OF CUMBERLAND ON SWARTZ BAY TO SALT SPRING ISLAND ROUTE DURING MIDLIFE UPGRADE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the vessel serving the Swartz Bay – Salt Spring Island route, the Skeena Queen, will be undergoing a mid-life upgrade from Oct. 28, 2019 to mid-March, 2020. This mid-life upgrade is necessary to provide required maintenance on the vessel and enhance the customer experience.
Friday, October 18, 2019 NORTHERN SEA WOLF WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL FIRST SEASON OF DIRECT SERVICE BETWEEN PORT HARDY AND BELLA COOLA
BC Ferries is celebrating the Northern Sea Wolf’s successful first season of direct service between Bella Coola and Port Hardy. The Northern Sea Wolf travelled 14,286 nautical miles and made 130 trips between the two communities from June 3 to October 10, 2019. The ship will continue to provide connector service in the Mid-Coast from Bella Bella to Shearwater, Ocean Falls and Bella Coola in the off-season.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 BC FERRIES INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO THE RELEASE OF MARINE LIFE FROM THE NICHOLAS SONNTAG MARINE EDUCATION CENTRE
VICTORIA –BC Ferries invites customers and the Sunshine Coast community to join them in saying goodbye to the animals from the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre (NSMEC) through two community celebrations next week.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 BC FERRIES RAISES $250 MILLION IN BOND FINANCING
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced the closing of a $250 million senior secured bond issue today.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 BC FERRIES ISSUES $250 MILLION IN BONDS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that it has entered into an agency agreement with a syndicate of investment banks to issue $250 million of its senior secured bonds. The bonds will bear interest at 2.794 per cent per annum and will mature in 30 years. The issue is expected to close on October 15, 2019.
Monday, October 7, 2019 BC FERRIES SCHEDULES MORE THAN 90 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding 93 extra sailings for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend to ensure smooth sailing for customers travelling between Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Friday, October 4, 2019 BC FERRIES SUPPORTS LIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FEATURING THE ANNUAL SALMON RUN IN SOOKE
VICTORIA – Elementary students from across Canada took a virtual field trip to the Sooke River yesterday to learn about the lifecycle of salmon, their environment and the challenges facing the species. Sponsored by BC Parks, and supported by BC Ferries, the live and interactive educational program, produced by Live It, broadcast the iconic west coast salmon run directly into approximately 400 classrooms coast to coast.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 BC FERRIES WORKS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO EXPLORE IMPROVEMENTS FOR VESUVIUS-CROFTON SERVICE
After hearing Vesuvius-Crofton customer concerns with overloads that affected their travel experience, BC Ferries met with Salt Spring community members in August to explore solutions for improvement.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 BC FERRIES WANTS YOUR INPUT ON DRAFT HORSESHOE BAY TERMINAL CONCEPTS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is continuing engagement on the future of Horseshoe Bay terminal and wants customers and communities to share their feedback on draft terminal concepts. The company is launching online engagement from now until Oct. 13 and is holding a community engagement event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 BC FERRIES’ EMPLOYEES REMOVE 1,725 KILOGRAMS OF GARBAGE FROM B.C. BEACHES
VICTORIA – Hundreds of BC Ferries employees from across the province participated in shoreline cleanups this summer to help keep B.C.’s beaches clean. Employees from Haida Gwaii, the Southern Gulf Islands, Northern Gulf Islands, Comox and Campbell River, the Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Metro Vancouver all took part and gathered 1,725 kilograms of garbage, covering 50 km of shoreline.
Monday, September 9, 2019 BC FERRIES ADDS BEER AND WINE TO THE PACIFIC BUFFET MENU
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding beer and wine to the Pacific Buffet menu on a trial basis, starting in late October.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 BC FERRIES INFORMS HORSESHOE BAY TERMINAL CUSTOMERS OF DETOURS IN PLACE FOR RBC GRANFONDO WHISTLER ON SEPT. 7
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is informing its customers that traffic modifications will be in place for motorists on Saturday, September 7 due to the RBC GranFondo Whistler cycling event from downtown Vancouver to Whistler.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 BC FERRIES’ PRESIDENT & CEO ENDORSES BC SAFETY CHARTER
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ President & CEO Mark Collins is the latest executive to join the BC Safety Charter, a move that highlights the company’s commitment to improving and promoting workplace safety. The signing ceremony took place this morning at BC Ferries’ head office in Victoria, British Columbia.
Monday, August 26, 2019 BC FERRIES OFFERS TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – The last long weekend of summer is almost here. BC Ferries has some travel tips for customers planning to take the ferry between Thursday, August 30 and Tuesday, September 3, including families who want to squeeze in one more summer trip before the kids go back to school.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 BC FERRIES SUPPORTS WHALE RESEARCH AT GALIANO ISLAND
VICTORIA - Scientists are getting a better look at whales as they transit near Galiano Island thanks to thermal imaging cameras installed at BC Ferries’ Sturdies Bay terminal on Galiano Island. The cameras are active around-the-clock for a year-long pilot project that aims to improve the overall detection of whales in the Salish Sea, even at night.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 BC FERRIES RELEASES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its first quarter results today for the three months ended June 30, 2019. Passenger and vehicle traffic levels are the highest the company has ever experienced in the first quarter of a fiscal year.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 JOIN US FOR OUR PUBLIC MEETINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting of B.C. Ferry Authority and the Annual Public Meeting of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. will be held on Thurs. Aug. 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C. in the Oceanview Meeting Room.
Thursday, August 8, 2019 BC FERRIES REPORTS BACK ON ENGAGEMENT FOR NEW MAJOR VESSELS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries updated communities today on the feedback it received during the popular new major vessel engagement the company ran earlier this year for the next generation of ferries. More than 9,600 people responded through the online engagement, in addition to more than 1,700 customers taking part in sessions on board the ships and in community workshops.
Monday, July 29, 2019 BC FERRIES OFFERS TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE B.C. DAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – The B.C. Day long weekend is just around the corner. BC Ferries has some travel tips for customers planning to take the ferry between Thursday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 6.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY
VICTORIA – Hot and dry weather conditions in B.C. are here and BC Ferries is making special public service announcements on board ships that serve the northern and southern areas of Vancouver Island to encourage travellers to practice wildfire safety. The Southern Gulf Islands, Northern Gulf Islands and Northern Vancouver Island areas are under a wildfire risk with increasingly dry conditions.
Friday, July 19, 2019 MEDIA CHARITY GOLF EVENT RAISES $50,000 FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
For the 14th consecutive year, members of British Columbia’s media, business and government communities got together for the BC Ferries Media Charity Golf Classic at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria on June 14, 2019.
Thursday, July 4, 2019 HIGH TRAFFIC VOLUMES EXPECTED FOR TWO SATURDAYS IN JULY ON TSAWWASSEN-SWARTZ BAY ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries advises customers that traffic volumes for both foot passengers and vehicles will be higher for two Saturdays in July, as hundreds of people associated with Scouts Canada travel to and from Southern Vancouver Island for the 2019 Scouts Canada Pacific Jamboree.
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 BC FERRIES RETURNS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF BC BIKE RACE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries returns for the 10th year as presenting sponsor of the BC Bike Race from July 4 – 12, 2019.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 BUSY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD ON HORSESHOE BAY – LANGDALE ROUTE
VICTORIA - BC Ferries is advising customers that the Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Langdale (Sunshine Coast) route will be extremely busy Thurs., June 27 through Tues., July 2 for the Canada Day long weekend. The Queen of Coquitlam has been removed from service for approximately one week to repair a sealing mechanism on the propeller blades.
Monday, June 24, 2019 CELEBRATE CANADA’S BIRTHDAY WITH SMOOTH SAILING ON BC FERRIES
VICTORIA – The Canada Day long weekend is coming up, and B.C. residents and visitors will travel to celebrate the country’s birthday. BC Ferries wants the journey to be enjoyable, and is offering travel tips to ensure smooth sailing.
Friday, June 21, 2019 BC FERRIES RELEASES YEAR-END RESULTS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries released its year-end results today with consolidated net earnings of $52.2 million for fiscal 2019, compared to consolidated net earnings of $59.9 million for fiscal 2018.
Monday, June 17, 2019 BC FERRIES ADDS EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THE SUMMER
VICTORIA – BC Ferries welcomes new and returning customers on board this summer with extra sailings for peak season travel starting June 21. Seasonal adjustments to sailing times will also be in effect on many routes.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 COASTAL NATURALISTS RETURN TO BC FERRIES FOR THE SUMMER
VICTORIA – What grows in a kelp forest? Where can you find a clam garden? Do salmon have superpowers? Customers travelling with BC Ferries can learn the answers to these and other questions this summer with the return of the popular Coastal Naturalist Program.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 BC FERRIES RETURNS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PRISMA FESTIVAL IN POWELL RIVER
VICTORIA –BC Ferries returns for the fourth year as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival in support of bringing talented and enthusiastic music students and festivalgoers to the Powell River community. The Festival is being held in Powell River from June 17 to 29, 2019.
Thursday, June 6, 2019 BC FERRIES CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH FIVE YEARS OF GREEN MARINE CERTIFICATION
VICTORIA – For the fifth year in a row, BC Ferries has received Green Marine certification. The achievement comes ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8.
Monday, June 3, 2019 NUYUMBALEES CULTURAL CENTRE, WE WAI KAI NATION AND BC FERRIES INSTALL WELCOME POLES AT QUATHIASKI COVE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is proud to support the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre’s BC|Canada 150 initiative, We Wai Kai Nation and the Quadra Island community through the installation of three Welcome Poles at Quathiaski Cove terminal.
Monday, June 3, 2019 NORTHERN SEA WOLF BEGINS DIRECT SEASONAL SERVICE BETWEEN PORT HARDY AND BELLA COOLA
VICTORIA – BC Ferries celebrated with Central Coast communities today the Northern Sea Wolf’s inaugural direct sailing from Bella Coola to Port Hardy.
Friday, May 24, 2019 BC FERRIES BOARD MEMBERS RESIGN DUE TO NEW TERM LIMITS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. announces the resignation of three board members, effective May 22, 2019, following the introduction of a newly enacted amendment to the Coastal Ferry Act that sets term limits of board members to a maximum of eight consecutive years.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES RECREATIONAL BOATERS TO BE SAFE WHILE NAVIGATING NEAR FERRIES
VICTORIA – This week is North American Safe Boating Awareness Week and BC Ferries reminds everyone to stay safe on the water, especially when navigating near ferry lanes.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 INCREASING COST OF FUEL LEADS BC FERRIES TO ADD FUEL SURCHARGE
VICTORIA – 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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 BC FERRIES ADDS MORE THAN 90 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THE MAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC residents and visitors have places to go and people to see over the May long weekend, and BC Ferries wants the journey to be as enjoyable as possible. We are adding more than 90 extra sailings, scheduling extra staff, and offering travel tips to ensure smooth sailing.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 NORTHERN SEA WOLF ENTERS SERVICE ON CENTRAL COAST ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries confirmed today the Northern Sea Wolf begins service on the Central Coast route on May 18 after successfully completing its sea trials and dock fits during April and May. The seasonal direct service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola starts on June 3. The Northern Sea Wolf provides a remarkable coastal travel experience and is expected to serve local residents and encourage tourist travel to and from the Central Coast.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 BC FERRIES OFFERS SUMMER SAVINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today two promotions that give customers the opportunity to save on their travel this summer.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 CABLE FERRY SURPASSES THE 30,000 SAILINGS MARK
The Baynes Sound Connector recently marked its third year of service on the Buckley Bay (Vancouver Island) – Denman Island route, achieving savings of more than 415,000 litres of fuel compared with the traditional vessel that previously serviced the route since going into service in February 2016.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 BC FERRIES CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH THE RETURN OF THE SPIRIT OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
VICTORIA – Just in time for Earth Day, the Spirit of Vancouver Island returns to service today following its mid-life upgrade, with the ability to now operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Friday, April 12, 2019 NEARLY 90 EXTRA SAILINGS ADDED FOR THE EASTER LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – Hop on board with BC Ferries this Easter long weekend and take advantage of additional sailings and BC Ferries’ Vacations packages.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 BC FERRIES WINS AWARD FOR CONVERTING THE SPIRIT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TO LNG
VICTORIA - BC Ferries has won the Shippax Retrofit Award for completing the conversion of a large passenger ferry from diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG). The award, received last month at the Shippax Ferry Conference, recognizes the innovative work performed on the Spirit of British Columbia, which is among the largest passenger ferries ever to be converted to natural gas propulsion.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 SCHEDULE INCREASES ON EIGHT ROUTES GO INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding service on a variety of routes throughout the network under contract with the Province to increase service levels.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 UPDATE ON THE HORSESHOE BAY – LANGDALE FERRY SERVICE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is redeploying several vessels around the fleet to restore regular service on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route starting tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 27.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 HORSESHOE BAY-LANGDALE FERRY SERVICE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
VICTORIA - Ferry service between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale is temporarily suspended due to a docking incident at Langdale terminal this morning. No injuries to passengers or crew were reported.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 BC FERRIES REVEALS 25-YEAR VISION FOR SWARTZ BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries released the Swartz Bay Terminal Development Plan (TDP) today.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 BC FERRIES THANKS MALAHAT NATION FOR ARTWORK AT MILL BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is proud to display new Indigenous artwork at its Mill Bay terminal.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 BC FERRIES LAUNCHES ENGAGEMENT ON NEW MAJOR VESSELS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries will be building up to five new ferries to replace four existing vessels and invites customers and communities to join conversations about the new vessels and to provide input that will help shape their future onboard experience. The new ferries will potentially add capacity to the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes and replace the Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Alberni, Queen of Coquitlam and Queen of Cowichan that currently serve those routes.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 BC FERRIES AND LIVE IT HOST EDUCATION EVENT AT RACE ROCKS ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
VICTORIA –BC Ferries, through its SeaForward program, co-hosted a live streaming event today at IMAX Victoria in partnership with Live It. Elementary students from the region gathered at the IMAX to view an interactive presentation live from Race Rocks, an ecological reserve located off southern Vancouver Island.
Friday, February 22, 2019 CEO ISSUES STATEMENT ON REVIEW OF COASTAL FERRY SERVICES
BC Ferries is pleased that the Review of Coastal Ferry Services confirms that the coastal ferry service is a vital part of the provincial economy and critical to both those who use ferry services and for the province as a whole.
Friday, February 15, 2019
 
NEW TUTORIAL AVAILABLE FOR MARINERS TO HELP PROTECT WHALES IN B.C. WATERS
In advance of World Whale Day on February 16, BC Ferries and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have launched a tutorial for mariners to build awareness of local whale species and how to identify them, and provide navigational strategies to reduce potential interactions between ships and whales in B.C. waters.
Monday, January 28, 2019 NEW BOARD APPOINTMENT AND REELECTIONS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. is pleased to announce that David R. Podmore, O.B.C. has been elected to the Board of Directors of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. effective February 1, 2019.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 DUKE POINT TERMINAL CLOSES TEMPORARILY FOR MAINTENANCE THIS WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is reminding customers that Duke Point terminal will be closed temporarily for maintenance on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019. During this two-day period, sailings will operate out of Departure Bay.
Monday, January 7, 2019 BC FERRIES TEMPORARILY CLOSES DUKE POINT TERMINAL FOR TWO DAYS OF MAINTENANCE
VICTORIA –BC Ferries will temporarily close the Duke Point terminal on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2019 to replace the vehicle ramp at the facility. During this two-day period, sailings will operate out of the nearby Departure Bay Terminal.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 BC FERRIES TO SPEND $57 MILLION WITH BC-BASED MARINE SERVICES
VICTORIA – BC Ferries annual vessel maintenance season is well underway and the company is poised to spend $57 million in British Columbia with various marine service suppliers to support its fleet during the current refit cycle this fiscal year.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 EXTRA SAILINGS AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Santa isn’t the only one who needs to travel this holiday season. That’s why BC Ferries is adding extra sailings and offering travel tips to ensure smooth sailing at this time of year.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 LOCAL FOOD BANKS BENEFIT FROM BC FERRIES’ EMPLOYEE GOLF EVENT
VICTORIA –BC Ferries is proud of the efforts of its employees to raise and donate money to local food banks through the annual BC Ferries’ Employees Golf Tournament. This year the tournament raised $3420, which was divided equally between the Bella Coola Valley Food Bank and the Port Hardy Harvest Food Bank.
Friday, November 23, 2018 BC FERRIES AND FIRST PEOPLES’ CULTURAL COUNCIL REVEAL INDIGENOUS ARTWORK FOR NORTHERN SEA WOLF VESSEL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council revealed today 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.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 BC FERRIES RELEASES SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its second quarter results today for the three months ended September 30, 2018.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 BC FERRIES REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT
BC Ferries is reminding customers that all BC Ferries vessels and terminals are smoke-free environments.
Friday, October 5, 2018 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES B.C. AND CANADIAN SHIPYARDS TO RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO BUILD FIVE VESSELS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) today for the procurement of five new major vessels.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 BC FERRIES MAKES PERFORMANCE TERM FIVE SUBMISSION TO THE BC FERRIES COMMISSIONER
VICTORIA – BC Ferries has presented its Performance Term Five Submission to the independent BC Ferries Commissioner as required by the Coastal Ferry Act.
Monday, October 1, 2018 EXTRA SAILINGS AND TRAVEL TIPS FOR THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding lots of extra sailings for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend and is offering some travel tips to make the customer travel experience smooth and seamless.
Monday, October 1, 2018 BC FERRIES REPORTS ON SECOND PHASE OF ENGAGEMENT FOR SWARTZ BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries reported today on the second phase of public engagement recently completed to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. Phase 3 of the engagement program, revealing the proposed concept and gathering feedback, will begin in the coming months.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 GRANFONDO DETOURS NEAR HORSESHOE BAY SEPT. 8
VICTORIA - The RBC GranFondo Whistler cycling event from downtown Vancouver to Whistler will be held on Saturday, September 8
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 BC FERRIES OFFERS CENTRAL COAST SEPTEMBER SALE ON NEW ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announces an exciting pricing promotion on all direct sailings on its newest route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola from September 16 through October 11 for travel booked by September 30.
Friday, August 24, 2018 BC FERRIES RELEASES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA –BC Ferries released its first quarter results today for the three months ended June 30, 2018. The passenger traffic levels experienced during this period were the highest the company has experienced in over 20 years and the vehicle traffic levels were the highest ever recorded.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 JOIN US FOR OUR PUBLIC MEETINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting of B.C. Ferry Authority and the Annual Public Meeting of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the East Meeting Rooms 1 to 3, Vancouver Convention Centre – East Building, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.
Monday, July 30, 2018 BC FERRIES MEDIA CHARITY GOLF EVENT RAISES $50,000 FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
VICTORIA – For the 13th consecutive year, members of British Columbia’s media, business and government communities got together for the BC Ferries Media Charity Golf Classic at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria on June 22, 2018. This year’s tournament raised $50,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and Area thanks to the 132 participants.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES B.C. AND CANADIAN SHIPYARDS TO RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO BUILD FIVE VESSELS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries issued Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) today for the procurement of five new vessels to replace aging fleet assets.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF THE NICHOLAS SONNTAG MARINE EDUCATION CENTRE
VICTORIA –BC Ferries, through SeaForward, announced today its sponsorship of the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre located in Gibsons, B.C.
Monday, July 16, 2018 BC FERRIES PROUD TO BE A CORPORATE SPONSOR OF THE BC SUMMER GAMES
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the 2018 BC Summer Games, which will be held in Cowichan Valley from Thurs., July 19 through Sun., July 22.
Friday, July 13, 2018 BC FERRIES PARTICIPATES IN CANADIAN SHORELINE CLEANUP 
VICTORIA – From the shores of Victoria to the Southern Gulf Islands, from Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast to Comox, hundreds of BC Ferries employees participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup from June 28 to July 8 to help keep B.C.’s beaches clean.
Thursday, July 12, 2018 BC FERRIES REPORTS ON FIRST PHASE OF ENGAGEMENT FOR SWARTZ BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries reported today on the first phase of public engagement recently completed to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. Phase 2 of the engagement program begins soon.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 BC FERRIES CONFIRMS PORT HARDY-BELLA COOLA DIRECT SERVICE TO OPERATE SEPTEMBER 16 TO OCTOBER 11
The introduction of the direct service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola that BC Ferries intended to begin on June 19, later delayed to July 20, will now begin on September 16. This delay is a result of the uncertain date of completion of refit work on the vessel acquired for the service, the Northern Sea Wolf.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY 
VICTORIA – As hot and dry summer weather conditions approach, BC Ferries is making special public service announcements on board ships that serve the northern and southern areas of Vancouver Island to encourage travellers to practice wildfire safety. The Southern Gulf Islands, Northern Gulf Islands and Northern Vancouver Island areas are all experiencing increasingly dry conditions and are under a wildfire risk.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 COASTAL NATURALISTS RETURN TO BC FERRIES WITH EXPANDED PROGRAM
VICTORIA – In partnership with Parks Canada, BC Ferries announced the 13th season of the popular Coastal Naturalist Program to educate and inspire travellers about the wonders of B.C.’s West Coast. The Coastal Naturalist Program runs from now through September 3 on board select vessels servicing the Metro Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) and Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay) routes.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. is proud to announce that Judith Sayers and Brenda Eaton have been elected to the Board of Directors of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. effective June 28, 2018 and January 1, 2019, respectively.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 BUSY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD ON HORSESHOE BAY – DEPARTURE BAY ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is advising customers that the Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo) route will be extremely busy on Thurs., June 28 and Fri., June 29 heading into the Canada Day long weekend.
Friday, June 22, 2018 BUSY TRAVEL WEEKEND EXPECTED ON HORSESHOE BAY – DEPARTURE BAY ROUTE
BC Ferries intended to add a major vessel to the Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay schedule to address expected increases in traffic, especially over the summer weekends. Unfortunately, a planned repair to a propeller hub on the Coastal Inspiration is taking longer than planned to complete and this vessel will be delayed returning to service until at least June 30.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 BC FERRIES RELEASES YEAR END RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) released its year-end results today with consolidated net earnings of $59.9 million for fiscal 2018.
Monday, June 18, 2018 BC FERRIES AND FPCC ANNOUNCE INDIGENOUS ARTISTS FOR THE NORTHERN SEA WOLF
VICTORIA – BC Ferries, in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC), has commissioned two Indigenous artists to design artwork that will adorn the Northern Sea Wolf. The two artists selected to design artwork for the Northern Sea Wolf are Richard Hunt of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation in T’sakis (Fort Rupert, B.C.) and Danika Naccarella of the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola, B.C. The Northern Sea Wolf was named in honour of a First Nations legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca.
Friday, June 15, 2018 BC FERRIES PROUD SPONSOR OF PRISMA FESTIVAL IN POWELL RIVER
VICTORIA –BC Ferries returns for the third year as the title sponsor of the 2018 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival in support of enthusiastic and skilled young musicians. The Festival is being held in Powell River now through Saturday, June 23.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 BC FERRIES REMOVES FUEL REBATES DUE TO INCREASING COST OF FUEL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is advising customers that due to current world fuel market conditions, the company will remove the fuel rebates currently in place on June 27, 2018.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 SPIRIT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA RETURNS TO SERVICE TOMORROW
VICTORIA – The Spirit of British Columbia, one of BC Ferries’ two largest vessels, returns to service tomorrow on the Metro Vancouver (Tsawwassen) – Victoria (Swartz Bay) route following the completion of a mid-life upgrade.
Monday, May 28, 2018 BC FERRIES OFFERS SUMMER SAVINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries recently announced two promotions that offer customers a chance to save on their travel this summer.
Friday, May 25, 2018 BC FERRIES LAUNCHES ONLINE ENGAGEMENT FOR SWARTZ BAY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the launch of an online engagement platform for community input to help shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The online engagement runs from now until June 8 and is available at bcferries.com/swbvision.
Monday, May 14, 2018 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is busy preparing for the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend by adding 115 extra sailings on the most popular routes
Thursday, May 10, 2018 BC FERRIES LAUNCHES ONLINE ENGAGEMENT FOR HORSESHOE BAY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the launch of the online engagement platform to gather community input to help shape future plans for Horseshoe Bay terminal. The online engagement runs from now until May 31 and is available at bcferries.com/about/hsbvision.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 BC FERRIES WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES ON FUTURE VISION FOR SWARTZ BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is embarking on an engagement process from now until the end of summer 2018 to gather community input that will shape future plans for Swartz Bay terminal. The company values local community and customers’ input, as it recognizes the important role of Swartz Bay terminal to ferry users. BC Ferries would like to hear from customers, nearby residents, local communities, and other key stakeholders as we start to develop a new long-term vision for the terminal.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 COST OF TRAVEL REDUCED OR HELD CONSTANT AS AT APRIL 1
VICTORIA – BC Ferries advises customers that as at April 1, 2018, fares on the 21 inter-island and northern routes, as well as the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route, are reduced on average by 15 per cent. Fares on the three Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes are held constant at current rates.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 BC FERRIES ADDS SAILINGS FOR EASTER 
VICTORIA – From March 29 to April 3, BC Ferries is adding 73 extra sailings on two routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island to ensure smooth sailing for travellers over the busy Easter long weekend. On the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, which is the busiest of the 25 routes BC Ferries operates, the company is adding 62 sailings, while 11 additional sailings are scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay. Eight additional sailings are also scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 BC FERRIES COMPLETES MAJOR UPGRADES AT PRINCE RUPERT TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries recently completed a $12 million project that will improve customers’ experience by providing a more comfortable covered and wider walkway, a new waiting room for walk-on passengers and a wider trestle for vehicles loading onto the vessel at Prince Rupert terminal. Connecting communities is important to BC Ferries, and investing in infrastructure provides safe, reliable service for customers who rely on ferry service to and from Prince Rupert.
Friday, February 23, 2018 BC FERRIES RELEASES THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) released its third quarter results today for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
Friday, February 2, 2018 BC FERRIES ADJUSTS PARKING FEES AT LANGDALE TERMINAL
VICTORIA – To encourage turnover of limited parking spots at Langdale terminal, BC Ferries announced today that parking fees and time allocations will be adjusted as of February 8, 2018. This will improve parking access and help connect customers to the places they need to go.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 BC FERRIES WORKS WITH COMMUNITIES ON FUTURE VISION FOR HORSESHOE BAY TERMINAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is embarking on a broad engagement process from now until fall 2018 to gather community input to shape future plans for Horseshoe Bay terminal. The company values local community input as well as our customers’ input, and recognizes Horseshoe Bay terminal plays a significant role in connecting communities and customers with the people and places important in their lives. BC Ferries wants to hear from customers and communities as we start to develop a new vision for the terminal.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 BC FERRIES SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT BEGINS NEXT WEEK
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to advise customers that as of January 22, all BC Ferries vessels and terminals will become smoke-free environments.
Thursday, December 28, 2017 NEW SCHEDULES HORSESHOE BAY ROUTES START JAN 2
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ new sailing schedule times for the three routes operating out of Horseshoe Bay terminal begin on Jan. 2, 2018. These new schedules are being introduced to improve on-time performance and enhance customer service.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 BC FERRIES AND FPCC COLLABORATE WITH FIRST NATIONS
BC Ferries is partnering with the FPCC to facilitate the commission of an original design from a First Nations artist and original text from a First Nations writer to adorn the interior of Northern Sea Wolf.
Monday, December 18, 2017 BC FERRIES RESPONSIVE TO COMMUNITY NEEDS: ADDS SAILINGS ON THE HORNBY-DENMAN ROUTE
In response to requests from the community, and in consultation with the Denman-Hornby Ferry Advisory Committee, BC Ferries recently added sailings to the afternoon schedule on the Hornby Island-Denman Island route, with a 12:20 pm sailing from Gravelly Bay Terminal and a 1:25 sailing from Shingle Spit Terminal. These sailings reflect BC Ferries’ commitment to working together with coastal communities to meet their marine transportation needs.
Monday, December 18, 2017 HOLIDAY SAVINGS START THURSDAY!
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Holiday Savings begin on Thursday. From December 21 to January 3, standard under-height vehicles and drivers can travel from $39, a nearly 50 per cent savings, on select sailings between Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen – Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay, and at $39 return-trip, a 44 per cent savings, between Horseshoe Bay – Langdale.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 BC FERRIES AWARDS NORTHERN SEA WOLF UPGRADE TO ESQUIMALT DRYDOCK
VICTORIA – The Northern Sea Wolf, BC Ferries’ newest vessel acquired for the new route from Port Hardy – Bella Coola, and named through a community engagement process, will undergo a major upgrade at Esquimalt Drydock from December 2017 to April 2018, following a competitive bidding process.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 BC FERRIES RESPONSIVE TO COMMUNITY NEEDS: ADDS SAILINGS ON THE COMOX-POWELL RIVER ROUTE
In response to requests from the community, and in consultation with the Northern Sunshine Coast Ferry Advisory Committee, BC Ferries will be adding a Wednesday and a Saturday round-trip sailing to the Comox-Powell River schedule, beginning December 20, 2017. These sailings reflect BC Ferries’ commitment to working together with coastal communities to meet their marine transportation needs.
Monday, December 11, 2017 BC FERRIES ADDS EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
VICTORIA – From December 21 through January 2, BC Ferries is adding over 175 extra sailings on two routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island to ensure smooth sailing for travellers over the busy holiday season. On the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, which is the busiest of the 25 routes BC Ferries operates, BC Ferries is adding 130 sailings, while 46 additional sailings are scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay. Eight additional sailings are also scheduled between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT COMING SOON
VICTORIA – 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.
Friday, December 1, 2017 NORTHERN SEA WOLF TRANSITS THE PANAMA CANAL
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf, the vessel acquired for the new route from Port Hardy – Bella Coola, and named through a community engagement process, transited the Panama Canal today, bringing it one step closer to its arrival in B.C. waters later this month. The vessel departed from Athens, Greece, on Nov. 3 for the 10,097 nautical mile journey to B.C.
Friday, November 24, 2017 BC FERRIES RELEASES SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) saw the highest passenger traffic levels in the second quarter that the company has experienced in over 20 years. Vehicle traffic levels were the highest BC Ferries has ever experienced in both the second quarter and year-to-date. During this quarter, passenger and vehicle traffic increased 5.2 per cent compared to the same quarter in the previous year, resulting in higher revenue and contributing favourably to net earnings.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY SAVINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that early morning and late evening savings are back for the upcoming holiday travel period. This pricing gives customers the opportunity to save significantly on more than 260 select sailings on routes between Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast over the upcoming holiday season.
Friday, November 3, 2017 NORTHERN SEA WOLF SETS SAIL FOR BC
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf, the vessel acquired for the new route from Port Hardy – Bella Coola, and named through a community engagement process, is on its way to British Columbia. The vessel departed from the port of Piraeus in Athens, Greece, on Nov. 3 for the 10,097 nautical mile journey to its new home in British Columbia.
Friday, October 20, 2017 BC FERRIES RECOGNIZED WITH MULTIPLE AWARDS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries recently received a number local, provincial and international awards highlighting the company’s focus on safety, the environment and its workplace.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 BC FERRIES ASSISTS CUSTOMERS WITH NEW REGULATION RESTRICTING PASSENGERS FROM CLOSED CAR DECKS
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.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 BC FERRIES ADDS 90 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding 90 extra sailings for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend. Crews on the ships and at the terminals are ready to offer customers a great travel experience.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 BC FERRIES CALLS PILOT PROJECT SUCCESSFUL ON GABRIOLA ROUTE
After analysing results of a two-year pilot that saw sailings added to the Saturday and Sunday sailing schedules during the peak summer season, BC Ferries has declared a success, and the sailings will continue in future schedules for Gabriola Island.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 BC FERRIES CALLS PILOT PROJECT SUCCESSFUL 
After analysing results of a two-year pilot that saw sailings added to the Friday sailing schedules on the routes servicing both Denman and Hornby Islands during the ‘shoulder’ seasons, BC Ferries’ declared a success, and the sailings will continue in future schedules.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES THANKSGIVING PRICING PROMOTION
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that early morning and late evening savings are back for the Thanksgiving travel period. This promotion gives customers the opportunity to save significantly on more than 100 select early morning and late evening sailings on routes between Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast over the long weekend.
Monday, September 18, 2017 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES MEASURES TO IMPROVE SERVICE TO THE SUNSHINE COAST 
VICTORIA – Following a broad public engagement process, BC Ferries today announced revised schedules for Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale), Metro Vancouver – Bowen Island (Horseshoe Bay – Snug Cove) and Sechelt Peninsula – Powell River (Earls Cove – Saltery Bay), which provide these communities with schedules that match key times they want to travel, provide on-time departures, increased capacity, transit connections and later sailings out of Horseshoe Bay.
Thursday, September 7, 2017 GRANFONDO DETOURS NEAR HORSESHOE BAY TERMINAL SEPT 9
VICTORIA - The RBC GranFondo Whistler cycling event from downtown Vancouver to Whistler will be held on Saturday, September 9. Traffic modifications will be in effect for customers travelling through the Horseshoe Bay terminal before 9:30 am.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 SPIRIT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA MID LIFE UPGRADE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced the Spirit of British Columbia has been removed from service as of today to transit to BC Ferries’ Fleet Maintenance Unit in Richmond to prepare for departure to Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A. of Gdansk, Poland under its own power on Sept. 12 for completion of a mid-life upgrade.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 DuPont Announces 2017 Safety and Sustainability Award Recipients
Singapore, 6 September 2017 – DuPont has announced the winners of the 13th Edition of the DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards. The awards recognize outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety, sustainability and operational effectiveness. Among the winners was BC Ferries (British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. and BC Ferry & Marine Workers’ Union) – one of the largest ferry operators in the world - for the Global Safety Award.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 NORTHERN SEA WOLF JOINS BC FERRIES FLEET
VICTORIA – A community engagement process with representatives from local First Nations, Ferry Advisory Committee members, BC Ferries employees and the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group have selected Northern Sea Wolf as the name for the vessel acquired by BC Ferries for the new mid-coast ferry service. Delivery of the Northern Sea Wolf took place today in Greece. The name is inspired by a First Nations legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca. The Sea Wolf symbolizes family and loyalty and the spirit of the Sea Wolf protects those travelling their waters.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 BC FERRIES IMPLEMENTS SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT 
VICTORIA – 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.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 BC FERRIES HARMONIZES SAFETY PRACTICES WITH CANADIAN FERRY OPERATORS
VICTORIA – 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.
Friday, August 18, 2017 BC FERRIES RELEASES FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) released its first quarter results today.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting of B.C. Ferry Authority and the Annual Public Meeting of British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. will be held on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in the C300 Theatre, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 EXTRA LATE NIGHT SAILINGS ADDED AUG 20
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today it is adding additional evening sailings on Sunday, Aug. 20 from Vancouver Island to Metro Vancouver for customers travelling during this busy time.
Monday, August 14, 2017 RESULTS OF SUNSHINE COAST AND BOWEN ISLAND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM RELEASED BY BC FERRIES
VICTORIA – BC Ferries released the results of its recent public engagement program on schedule changes for the Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale) and Metro Vancouver – Bowen Island (Horseshoe Bay – Snug Cove) routes. The broad engagement effort reached more than 4,000 people in just over six weeks.
Friday, August 4, 2017 EVEN MORE SAILINGS ADDED ON HORSESHOE BAY – LANGDALE ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today it’s adding even more weekday sailings on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route for the remainder of August.
Thursday, August 3, 2017 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSIONS FOR MINOR 44 CLASS VESSEL PROJECT
VICTORIA – From August 14 to 16, BC Ferries representatives will be hosting public participation sessions in three separate communities to provide an update to, and seek feedback on, the Minor 44 Class vessel project, which will see two new, minor class vessels enter the fleet by 2020.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 EXTRA SAILINGS ADDED ON SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS ON HOLIDAY MONDAY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today its adding even more sailings on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route on the Mon., Aug. 7 for the B.C. Day long weekend.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 SALISH RAVEN ENTERS SERVICE EARLY
VICTORIA – 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.
Friday, July 28, 2017 QUEEN OF NANAIMO REMOVED FROM SERVICE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that the Queen of Nanaimo has been removed from service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route due to a mechanical problem on the starboard controllable pitch propeller. The Salish Eagle will continue to provide service to this route and a replacement vessel, the Bowen Queen, is being brought into service. The Bowen Queen will begin service at 2:35 p.m. today from Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island and will continue to service all Queen of Nanaimo scheduled sailings through to the end of Monday, July 31.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 BC FERRIES TO TRIAL EXTRA COMMUTER ROUND TRIP SAILINGS ON HORSESHOE BAY – LANGDALE ROUTE
VICTORIA – This fall, BC Ferries is trialling an extra commuter sailing on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route in an effort to improve on-time performance and address customer requests. From Monday to Friday, September 5 until October 6, the Queen of Coquitlam will perform an additional round trip, leaving Horseshoe Bay at 5:50 p.m. and departing from Langdale at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 BC FERRIES SUMMARIZES PASSENGER LOADING TRIAL RESULTS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries has completed analysis of a foot passenger loading trial conducted on the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay route from July 12 to 18.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 BC FERRIES PRESENTS QUEEN OF BURNABY PLAQUE TO CITY OF BURNABY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries presented the City of Burnaby with a historical plaque from the Queen of Burnaby at last night’s City of Burnaby Council meeting. The Queen of Burnaby served the Powell River – Comox route and was retired from BC Ferries’ fleet in May, replaced by the new Salish Orca.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 BC FERRIES MEDIA CHARITY GOLF EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR UNITED WAY 
VICTORIA – For the 12th consecutive year, members of British Columbia’s media, business and government communities got together for the BC Ferries Media Charity Golf Classic at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria on June 16, 2017.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 BC FERRIES RESPONDS TO MULTIPLE MARINE EMERGENCIES OVER THE WEEKEND
VICTORIA – A routine ferry crossing on the Queen of Nanaimo Friday afternoon turned into a marine rescue when the ferry responded to a Mayday call from a boat that had run aground on rocks with seven passengers aboard.
Friday, July 14, 2017 BC FERRIES UNVEILS SALISH RAVEN HULL WRAP 
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.
Friday, July 14, 2017 BC FERRIES ENCOURAGES SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS TRAVELLERS TO PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY 
VICTORIA – As the hot summer weather conditions continue, BC Ferries is making special public service announcements on the vessels that service the Southern Gulf Islands to encourage travellers to practice wildfire safety and water conservation. The Southern Gulf Islands are currently experiencing extremely dry conditions and are currently under a high wildfire risk, which is expected to move to extreme soon.
Thursday, July 13, 2017 BC FERRIES SUPPORTS B.C. WILDFIRE EVACUEES 
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is providing complimentary prearranged travel support for people evacuating the wildfires in the B.C. Interior.
Thursday, July 6, 2017 BC FERRIES REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF ZERO TOLERANCE 
VICTORIA – As summer holidays approach, BC Ferries is reminding customers the consumption of drugs and alcohol on its vessels and at its terminals is prohibited, and customers arriving at the terminals impaired will be reported to police. Last fiscal year there were 127 separate incidents where police were called out to one of BC Ferries’ terminals because of a suspected impaired walk-on passenger or driver.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 SUPPORT THE BC BIKE RACE ON BC FERRIES
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the BC Bike Race. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the race will bring approximately 600 riders and support teams on a 310 kilometre circle tour starting on July 5 from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island, Powell River, the Sunshine Coast, and wrapping up in Whistler on July 13.
Friday, June 30, 2017 NEW BOARD APPOINTMENT
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. is pleased to announce that Jan K. Grude has been elected to the Board of Directors of British Columbia Ferry Services. Inc. effective June 29, 2017.
Friday, June 30, 2017 INCREASED TRAFFIC POSITIVELY IMPACTS BC FERRIES’ YEAR-END RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) released its year-end results today for fiscal 2017 and for the second consecutive year, BC Ferries’ positive results have allowed the company to hold the cost of travel for passengers and vehicles at 2015 rates on the majority of its routes.
Thursday, June 29, 2017 COASTAL INSPIRATION RETURNS TO SERVICE JUNE 30
VICTORIA – BC Ferries just announced that the Coastal Inspiration has been undergoing sea trials today and will return to service tomorrow morning on the Duke Point – Tsawwassen route.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 RESULTS OF COASTAL INSPIRATION SEA TRIALS REQUIRE ONE MORE DAY OF TESTING
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Coastal Inspiration underwent sea trials today in preparation for its return to service and it has been determined one more day of testing is required.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 QUEEN OF NANAIMO RETURNS TO SERVICE JUNE 29
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today 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 long weekend.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 BC FERRIES JOINS THE GREAT TRAIL AS TRAIL ACCESS PARTNER
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today a partnership with The Great Trail that sees three BC Ferries routes recognized as marine links connecting the trail from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island. The three routes recognized as links to the trail are: Metro Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay), Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo (Tsawwassen – Duke Point) and Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay).
Monday, June 26, 2017 UPDATE ON VESSELS OUT OF SERVICE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that the Queen of Nanaimo remains out of service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route as repairs progress on control issues for the starboard controllable pitch propeller. Specialized technicians and engineers are working around the clock to complete the repairs. As a result, the Queen of Nanaimo’s sailings have been cancelled until the end of day Thursday, June 29. The newest vessel in the fleet, Salish Eagle, will provide over 50 per cent capacity to this route while these repairs are completed on the Queen of Nanaimo.
Thursday, June 22, 2017 BC FERRIES PARTNERS WITH ANGEL ACCESSIBILITY AND HOULE ELECTRIC TO HELP FAMILY IN NEED
VICTORIA – BC Ferries, Angel Accessibility and Houle Electric worked together to address accessibility challenges for the Cholette family of Cloverdale, B.C. The family set up a crowd funding site for donations to purchase a stair lift so their son, Jack, who has a rare genetic condition requiring the use of a wheelchair, could be easily transported up the stairs to the main living area of their home. A BC Ferries’ employee heard about the family and thought of an unused stair lift that had been removed following the completion of an elevator project at Horseshoe Bay terminal.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 REFIT DELAY IMPACTS BC FERRIES’ ABILITY TO BEGIN 
BC Ferries announced today that a refit in progress for the Coastal Inspiration is taking longer than expected due to repairs to a propeller hub. As a result, BC Ferries will only be able to add a portion of the additional sailings originally planned for the first week of the summer schedule on the Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay - Langdale routes.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 BC FERRIES’ SALISH EAGLE NOW IN SERVICE
BC Ferries welcomed its second Salish Class vessel, Salish Eagle, into service today with a small public event on board the 9:10 and 10:50 a.m. inaugural sailings from Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 SUMMER SCHEDULE STARTS SOON AT BC FERRIES
VICTORIA – This week, BC Ferries begins its summer schedule with extra sailings on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast routes, as well as additional service on the Inter-Island routes to ensure smooth sailing for summer holiday travellers.
Monday, June 19, 2017 BC FERRIES’ SALISH EAGLE OFFICIALLY BEGINS SERVICE ON JUNE 21
VICTORIA – 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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 BC FERRIES ADDS SAILINGS TO SCHEDULES ON SOME MINOR ROUTES
VICTORIA – Working with local Ferry Advisory Committees, BC Ferries is adding sailings to the schedules on four of its minor routes.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 BC FERRIES RECEIVES STRONG PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT LEVELS
VICTORIA – In the first 21 days of its public engagement process with the Sunshine Coast and Bowen Island, BC Ferries received an above average response rate of 11 per cent, or 3,200 responses, through an online survey regarding schedule preferences. BC Ferries is also hosting stakeholder interviews, community workshops, scheduled events, and engagement opportunities in the community and at Horseshoe Bay and Langdale terminals to directly open a dialogue with community members. The engagement process has extended from Bowen Island to the southern Sunshine Coast up to Powell River.
Monday, June 12, 2017 BC FERRIES REMINDS ALL BOATERS TO SHARE THE WATER SAFELY
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is reminding boaters that as summer approaches, the company ramps up its service, so mariners will see more ferries, more frequently, on many of its routes.
Thursday, June 8, 2017 COASTAL NATURALISTS RETURN TO BC FERRIES FOR 12TH YEAR THIS SUMMER
VICTORIA – In conjunction with World Oceans Day and in partnership with Parks Canada, BC Ferries is pleased to announce today the return of the popular Coastal Naturalist Program to educate and entertain customers of all ages again this summer. The Coastal Naturalist Program runs from June 28 through September 4 on board select vessels servicing the Metro Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) and Metro Vancouver – Nanaimo (Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay) routes.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 SALISH RAVEN ARRIVES TODAY
VICTORIA – Salish Raven, BC Ferries’ newest vessel arrived in B.C. today. The vessel took 41 days to travel 10,440 nautical miles from Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 BC FERRIES PROUD SPONSOR OF PRISMA FESTIVAL IN POWELL RIVER
VICTORIA – In support of talented, young musicians, BC Ferries is proud to return as the title sponsor of the 2017 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival which is being held in Powell River from Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 24.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 BC FERRIES AWARDS CONTRACT FOR TWO NEW MINOR VESSELS 
VICTORIA – BC Ferries continues to roll out its vessel class and standardization strategy to achieve operating cost savings and efficiencies, awarding Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands a contract to build two new minor class vessels that are scheduled to go into service in 2020.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 BC FERRIES EXPANDS GREEN MARINE CERTIFICATION TO FLEET MAINTENANCE UNIT
VICTORIA –BC Ferries’ fleet maintenance unit received its first Green Marine certification last night, during the environmental program’s 10th annual conference. BC Ferries’ vessels and terminals have been Green Marine certified since 2015, when the company first joined the program but the shipyard certification is a new achievement, showing a commitment to continue to benchmark environmental performance and make continuous improvements.
Thursday, June 1, 2017 BC FERRIES AND POINT HOPE MARITIME SIGN FIVE-YEAR SERVICE AGREEMENT CONTRACT
VICTORIA – BC Ferries and Point Hope Maritime Ltd. announced today they have entered into a five-year supply agreement for scheduled dry-docking, maintenance, repair or refit requirements, as well as emergency dry-docking services, for eight of BC Ferries’ minor vessels.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 BC FERRIES REMINDS CUSTOMERS THE SIZE UP THE SAVINGS PROMOTION STARTS THIS WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries reminds customers the “Size up the Savings” promotion starts this weekend.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 BC FERRIES SEEKS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR THE SUNSHINE COAST AND BOWEN ISLAND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the start of a public engagement program to gather input on schedule changes for the Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast (Horseshoe Bay – Langdale) and Metro Vancouver – Bowen Island (Horseshoe Bay – Snug Cove) routes.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 SALISH RAVEN ON FINAL LEG OF JOURNEY TO B.C.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries newest vessel, Salish Raven, transited the Panama Canal on May 22 and is now on its way home to British Columbia.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 BC FERRIES’ SALISH ORCA NOW IN SERVICE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries welcomed its newest vessel, Salish Orca, into service today with a small public event on board the 6:20 and 8:05 a.m. inaugural sailings on the Comox – Powell River route.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR VICTORIA DAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is adding over 85 extra sailings on the most popular routes for the Victoria Day long weekend. Extra service is available from Thursday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 23.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 SALISH ORCA OFFICIALLY BEGINS SERVICE ON MAY 16
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ newest vessel, Salish Orca, will officially commence service on Tuesday, May 16, at 6:20 a.m. on the Comox – Powell River route.
Monday, May 8, 2017 SALISH RAVEN DEPARTS CANARY ISLANDS
VICTORIA – Salish Raven, the third of three new Salish Class vessels, stopped in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands on May 7 for refuelling and provisioning, and is now en route across the Atlantic Ocean to Panama.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 BC FERRIES ANNOUNCES SUMMER PRICING PROMOTION
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the “Sunrise and Sunset Savings” promotion where customers can save significantly on over 1,600 select early morning and late evening sailings on routes between Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast all summer long.
Friday, April 28, 2017 FINAL SALISH CLASS VESSEL SETS SAIL FOR B.C.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Salish Raven, the third and final Salish Class vessel, is on its way. The vessel departed Gdansk, Poland this morning, for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 BC FERRIES OFFERS 50 PER CENT SAVINGS PER ADDITIONAL FOOT ON EXTRA LENGTH PASSENGER VEHICLES 
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today the “Size up the Savings” promotion is back again this year for customers looking ahead to summer vacation planning. The 2017 promotion includes more than 1,000 discounted sailing opportunities to choose from.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 BC FERRIES UNVEILS SALISH EAGLE HULL WRAP 
VICTORIA – Today at BC Ferries’ Richmond refit facility, the wrap adorning the hull of Salish Eagle was unveiled to Stz’uminus First Nation’s John Marston, who designed the artwork that was revealed last September.
Monday, April 10, 2017 BC FERRIES ADDS 60 EXTRA SAILINGS FOR EASTER LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is preparing for a busy Easter long weekend and has added 60 sailings during peak travel times between Vancouver and Vancouver Island on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay and the Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay routes.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 SPIRIT OF VANCOUVER ISLAND RETURNS TO SERVICE
VICTORIA – The Spirit of Vancouver Island returned to service on the Metro Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) route today following mechanical repairs.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 COMMISSIONER APPROVES PURCHASE OF USED VESSEL FOR NEW PORT HARDY – BELLA COOLA SERVICE
VICTORIA – The BC Ferries Commissioner has approved BC Ferries’ application to acquire a suitable used vessel to start a seasonal direct ferry service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola to support Aboriginal tourism and the mid-coast economy.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 REGULAR SERVICE TO RESUME AT LANGDALE WITH RE-OPENING OF BERTH 
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is set to re-open Berth One at Langdale Terminal April 7, 2017, after the completion of upgrades to marine structures. Service on the Langdale – Horseshoe Bay route and the water taxi service to Gambier and Keats Islands will return to traditional service schedules on that day.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 SEVERAL MORE DAYS OF DELAYS MAY BE EXPECTED ON HORSESHOE BAY – LANGDALE ROUTE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries anticipates sailing delays may be expected on the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route through Thursday, March 30, due to construction on the marine structures at the Langdale terminal
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 SPIRIT OF VANCOUVER ISLAND UPDATE
VICTORIA – The Spirit of Vancouver Island, which operates on BC Ferries’ Metro Vancouver – Victoria (Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay) route, remains out of service due to a hydraulic issue with the port side controllable pitch propeller. The vessel will dry dock on March 31 for approximately one week for repairs.
Friday, March 24, 2017 SPIRIT OF VANCOUVER ISLAND TEMPORARILY REMOVED FROM SERVICE
VICTORIA – The Spirit of Vancouver Island, which operates on BC Ferries’ Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay route, has been temporarily removed from service due to a hydraulic issue with the port side controllable pitch propeller. Engineers continue to troubleshoot the issue and will determine early next week the further status of the vessel. This removal from service means only three vessels are available to operate on the route on Sunday as opposed to four. There is no change in number of vessels operating the route on Saturday.
Monday, March 20, 2017 SALISH EAGLE ARRIVES TODAY
VICTORIA – Salish Eagle, BC Ferries newest vessel is arriving in B.C. today. The vessel took 38 days to travel 10,440 nautical miles from Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 APRIL 1 TARIFF ADJUSTMENT ANNOUNCED
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that there will be no increase in the cost of ferry travel on April 1 for customers on the minor, northern and Horseshoe Bay – Langdale routes. In addition, the company is making it easier to book in advance by decreasing reservation fees.
Friday, March 10, 2017 BC FERRIES REMINDS CUSTOMERS THAT 50 PER CENT SAVINGS ON REGULAR PASSENGER FARES AND KIDS TRAVEL FREE STARTS TOMORROW
VICTORIA – BC Ferries reminds customers that a fleet wide pricing promotion of 50 per cent off regular passenger fares and kids travel free starts tomorrow and runs until March 30. Passengers travelling on select sailings will receive the discount off the regular passenger fare and kids 11 and under will travel free.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 BC FERRIES NAMED ONE OF B.C.’S TOP EMPLOYERS
VICTORIA – BC Ferries has recently been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers, an award that recognizes workplaces offering forward-thinking programs for their employees.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 SALISH EAGLE ON FINAL LEG OF JOURNEY TO B.C.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries newest vessel, Salish Eagle, transited the Panama Canal overnight on March 5 and is now on its way home to British Columbia.
Friday, February 24, 2017 BC FERRIES RELEASES THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) released its third quarter results today for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 BC FERRIES INSTALLS 24 NEW AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS AT MINOR TERMINALS FOR PUBLIC USE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries just announced that the company has installed an additional 24 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at minor terminals for customers to use in the event of a medical emergency.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 SALISH EAGLE DEPARTS CANARY ISLANDS
VICTORIA – Salish Eagle, the second of three new Salish Class vessels, stopped in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands on Sunday, February 19 for refuelling and provisioning, and is now en route across the Atlantic Ocean to Panama. The vessel is expected to arrive in Panama in approximately two weeks, depending on weather.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 BC FERRIES CELEBRATES THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE CABLE FERRY 
VICTORIA – BC Ferries is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its cable ferry, the Baynes Sound Connector, since it entered service on the Buckley Bay – Denman Island route. As of January 31, 2017, the vessel has provided over 10,200 sailings and carried more than 249,000 vehicles since it officially started operation last February.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 50 PER CENT SAVINGS ON REGULAR PASSENGER FARES AND KIDS TRAVEL FREE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that a fleet wide pricing promotion of 50 per cent off regular passenger fares and kids travel free will be in effect from March 11 - 30. Passengers travelling on select sailings will receive the discount off the regular passenger fare and kids 11 and under will travel free.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 SECOND NEW SALISH CLASS VESSEL SETS SAIL FOR B.C.
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Salish Eagle, the second of three new Salish Class vessels, is on its way. The vessel departed Gdansk, Poland on February 11, 2017, for a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for its new home in British Columbia.
Friday, February 10, 2017 MARK COLLINS APPOINTED NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Mark F. Collins as President and CEO effective April 1, 2017.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 BC FERRIES, FIRST PEOPLES’ CULTURAL COUNCIL AND MUSQUEAM NATION REVEAL COAST SALISH ARTWORK FOR THIRD SALISH CLASS VESSE
BC Ferries, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Musqueam Nation revealed today the third of three Coast Salish artistic designs for BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels. Musqueam Nation’s Thomas Cannell designed the artwork that will adorn the Salish Raven. The artwork will also be displayed inside the vessel for customers to view along with a profile of the artist.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 SALISH ORCA TO CONDUCT SEA TRIALS AROUND BC FERRIES’ FLEET
BC Ferries’ newest vessel, Salish Orca, will conduct a series of sea trials as part of operational training and to verify the interface with docks at many of BC Ferries’ terminals as part of its commissioning process starting on Friday at Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island. The public can catch a glimpse of the new ship as it travels through the Salish Sea.
Friday, February 3, 2017 BC FERRIES PREPARES FOR FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND
VICTORIA – In preparation for the upcoming Family Day long weekend, BC Ferries has added sailings during peak travel times on the Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay and the Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay routes.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 QUEEN OF BURNABY TO BE TEMPORARILY REMOVED FROM SERVICE ON COMOX – POWELL RIVER ROUTE DUE TO MECHANICAL ISSUES
BC Ferries’ Queen of Burnaby will be temporarily removed from service on the Comox – Powell River route to repair a propeller hub. The vessel will enter a dry docking Wednesday, February 8, and is expected to return to service within one week.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 SALISH ORCA ARRIVES TODAY
VICTORIA – Salish Orca, the first of three new Salish Class vessels built for BC Ferries, arrived in British Columbia today. The vessel reached B.C. waters this morning after a 50-day 10,440 nautical mile journey from Gdansk, Poland, and is being met with much excitement.
Monday, January 9, 2017 BC FERRIES REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF LANGDALE TERMINAL BERTH CLOSURE
VICTORIA – BC Ferries reminds customers that Berth One at Langdale terminal will be temporarily closed from January 19 to April 6, 2017 while marine structures are upgraded or replaced. This closure will affect services on both the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay route and the water taxi service to Gambier and Keats islands. As well, the public float located next to Berth 1 will be closed. All regular services at Berth 1 are expected to resume April 7, 2017.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 BC FERRIES WORKS WITH LOCAL ADVISORY REPRESENTATIVES TO IMPROVE ALLIFORD BAY-SKIDEGATE SAILING SCHEDULE
VICTORIA – Following work with local Ferry Advisory Committee representatives on feedback they had received from School District 50, BC Ferries will be implementing changes to the first six sailing times on the Alliford Bay-Skidegate route.