Travel advisory: Safe travel this fall - Last updated September 22, 2021 View ×

Your journey. Your safety. Our priority. 

Canada-wide recreational travel is back and all BC Ferries routes are open to all types of travel.

Extra cleaning and sanitizing measures will remain in place to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and crew this fall.

Following the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, as of September 2:

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for all individuals 12 and older, with the following exceptions:
    • when inside a vehicle
    • when consuming food or drinks in designated areas
    • persons with a 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
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.
  • Be respectful of others’ personal space and continue to practice good hygiene, including frequent handwashing.
  • If you or anyone in your family feel sick stay home and get tested.
  • Find more information on BC’s Restart Plan and how it impacts your travel plans.

We’re asking customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry's advice to be kind, be calm, and be safe. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. Any customer who abuses an employee will be denied service. 
 

Travel to Indigenous Communities 

In keeping with BC’s Restart Plan, most Indigenous communities in BC are accepting visitors as of June 15th. Haida Gwaii will start to accept visitors from BC and across Canada from July 1st onwards. Before visiting, we recommend that you check the latest information available from the accommodation, activity and local transportation businesses you are planning to visit and use. 

Indigenous Tourism BC has a list of Indigenous communities and experiences in the province that are currently open and welcoming visitors, including tips on how to visit responsibly.
 

Foot passengers

When travelling, masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces on BC Ferries vessels and at terminals for passengers 12 and older, with the above exceptions. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen - Duke Point, Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay, 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.

 

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Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, BC Ferries has temporarily suspended the Community Investment program. We are not accepting applications for donations or sponsorship at this time. We encourage you to check back for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
BC Ferries invests in non-profit groups and community organizations with the intention to generate a beneficial social and environmental impact. BC Ferries engages coastal communities and employees to identify community and social investment opportunities that fall in one of three categories:
 
  • Environmental Education
  • Health and Sport
  • Vibrant Communities
Depending on the initiative, BC Ferries may:
 
  • Provide in-kind travel
  • Provide funding
  • Partner with non-profit organizations on the delivery of programs and services
  • Encourage employees to volunteer and participate

Environmental Education

We operate in one of the most beautiful places on earth and are dedicated to preserving it for generations to come. As a major marine operator along coastal British Columbia, BC Ferries recognizes and accepts the responsibility to provide ferry services in the safest, most efficient and environmentally responsible and sustainable manner possible. We provide and support environmental education - on our ferries and in local communities.

BC Ferries supports, partners and funds the following Environmental Education initiatives:

SeaForward Kids Club

SeaForward Kids Club

Bringing our youth along in the journey towards being better global citizens.

Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre

Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre

Learn about marine life in Howe Sound at this unique “collect and release” aquarium.

Live It production interactive educational experience

Live It

Connecting classrooms across Canada to a digital library of bilingual educational resources incorporating environmental and Indigenous worldviews.

BC Ferries shoreline clean-up Langdale

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

A national conservation program that provides Canadians the opportunity to take action in their communities wherever water meets land, one bit of trash at a time.

Stream of Dreams

Stream of Dreams

An eco-education program that educates communities about their local watershed, empowers youth to make a positive environmental impact, and creates a community art legacy.



Health and sport

BC Ferries believes in the long-term positive impact sports has on young people’s health and wellbeing. BC Ferries provides in-kind travel for the following Health and Sport initiatives:
 
  • ViaSport: Athletes are eligible to apply to viaSport for BC Ferries passage when travelling to competitions leading to a provincial championship event, and Provincial and National Championships.
Junior kids lacrosse

Vibrant Communities

BC Ferries is a driver of the provincial economy and understands the importance of connecting communities to initiatives that encourage travel and economic development.
Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, BC Ferries has temporarily suspended the Community Investment program. We are not accepting applications for donations or sponsorship at this time. We encourage you to check back for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
PRISMA Festival Powell River

PRISMA Festival

Attracts internationally-renowned guest artists and top music students worldwide who perform daily musical events, symphony and chamber music concerts and more.

BC Bike Race

BC Bike Race

A seven day mountain biking race on a 310-kilometre circle tour through the lush rainforest of British Columbia’s West Coast.

BC Ferries media charity golf tournament

BC Ferries Media Charity Golf Tournament

The annual tournament features a great day of golf with some of the top media personalities in BC and has raised more than $800,000 for local charities over 14 years.

Community voices

Check out a few videos to hear what our communities have to say.