Service notice - Northern Sea Wolf Returning to Service - May 3, 2024

Posted:   Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Reissued: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Northern Sea Wolf Returning to Service
Discovery Coast Connector
Bella Coola – Ocean Falls – Shearwater – Bella Bella

May 3, 2024

The Northern Sea Wolf will return to service earlier than anticipated after undergoing its annual refit.

Starting May 3, the vessel will be back in operation for customers travelling between Bella Bella - Ocean Falls - Bella Coola, replacing the interim service that had been provided by Tug & Barge and water taxi. The updated schedule has now been posted and all reserved customers are being contacted by our Customer Care team with their new sailing time.

If you are looking to travel on our Central Coast routes starting in May, you can find the updated schedules here.

For those travelling through Shearwater, the Tug & Barge with water taxi service will remain in effect. For more information, please review the Service Notice posted here.

Until April 28:
Alternate service remains available if you are planning to travel between Bella Coola – Ocean Falls – Shearwater– Bella Bella while the regular vessel completes its regulatory refit. A vehicle-only tug & barge and passenger-only water taxi will continue to provide service on a modified schedule until April 28.

Reservations for both tug & barge and water taxi travel are mandatory and must be booked separately.

Due to different vessel speeds, departure and arrival times for the tug & barge service may differ from that for the water taxi. Please plan to be separated from your vehicle for the difference in time.

Vehicle-only tug & barge service will depart and arrive from BC Ferries terminals; regular check in times apply for reservations. 

Foot passenger only water taxi service will depart and arrive from BC Ferries terminals, with the exception of Bella Bella, where service will be provided via the floating dock located at the south side of McLoughlin Bay. Regular check in times apply for all tug water taxi reservations.

Please call 1-888-223-3779 to make a booking as a foot-passenger or with a vehicle during the dates listed below:

Tug & Barge with Water Taxi Service Modified Schedule:

April Departures

Date

Route

Tug & Barge

Water Taxi

Departure

Arrival

Departure

Arrival

April 19

Bella Coola to Ocean Falls

Friday

6:30 am

Friday

5:00 pm

Friday

3:00 pm

Friday

5:30 pm

 

Ocean Falls to Shearwater

Friday

5:30 pm

Friday

10:00 pm

Friday

6:00 pm

Friday

7:30 pm

Shearwater to McLoughlin Bay

Friday

10:30 pm

Saturday

12:00 am

Friday

11:00 pm

Saturday

12:00 am

April 20

McLoughlin Bay to Shearwater

Saturday

12:35 am

Saturday

1:30  am

Saturday

12:30 am

Saturday

1:00 am

April 21

Shearwater to McLoughlin Bay

Sunday

2:00 am

Sunday

3:00 am

Sunday

2:15 am

Sunday

3:00 am

 

McLoughlin Bay to Shearwater

Sunday

3:30 am

Sunday

4:30 am

Sunday

3:30 am

Sunday

4:00 am

Shearwater to Ocean Falls

Sunday

5:00 am

Sunday

9:30 am

Sunday

4:30 am

Sunday

6:00 am

Ocean Falls to Bella Coola

Sunday

10:00 am

Sunday

8:30 pm

Sunday

6:30 am

Sunday

9:00 am

April 26

Bella Coola to Ocean Falls

Friday

6:30 am

Friday

5:00 pm

Friday

3:00 pm

Friday

5:30 pm

 

Ocean Falls to Shearwater

Friday

5:30 pm

Friday

10:00 pm

Friday

6:00 pm

Friday

7:30 pm

Shearwater to McLoughlin Bay

Friday

10:30 pm

Saturday

12:00 am

Friday

11:00 pm

Saturday

12:00 am

 

April 27

McLoughlin Bay to Shearwater

Saturday

12:35 am

Saturday

1:30  am

Saturday

12:30 am

Saturday

1:00 am

April 28

Shearwater to McLoughlin Bay

Sunday

2:00 am

Sunday

3:00 am

Sunday

2:15 am

Sunday

3:00 am

 

McLoughlin Bay to Shearwater

Sunday

3:30 am

Sunday

4:30 am

Sunday

3:30 am

Sunday

4:00 am

Shearwater to Ocean Falls

Sunday

5:00 am

Sunday

9:30 am

Sunday

4:30 am

Sunday

6:00 am

Ocean Falls to Bella Coola

Sunday

10:00 am

Sunday

8:30 pm

Sunday

6:30 am

Sunday

9:00 am

 

For up-to-date sailing and departure information, visit bcferries.com or follow @BC Ferries on X.

 

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