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.

 

Additional information

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To ensure our service meets the needs of communities across coastal BC, we regularly consult with the 13 Ferry Advisory Committees comprised of residents who represent local communities serviced by our inter-island routes.

We meet with these committees to discuss day-to-day operations, planned improvements, fares, service changes and new projects. Meetings, held in the spring and the fall, are open to the public to observe and learn information relevant to ferry service in the community. Look for notices on specific dates and times of a meeting in your area.
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Select a region for contacts, meetings and resources:

Bowen Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair:

Vice-chair:
  • Tyler Davenport

Members:

  • Murray Atherton
  • Johnathan Bell
  • Tanis Braraten
  • Javier Estebecorena
  • David Hocking
  • Fenella Jacquet
  • Scott Slater


Next meeting

  • TBD

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Brentwood Bay – Mill Bay committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
  • Pam Alcorn
  • Brian Harrison
Malahat First Nation:
  • Open


Next meeting

  • TBD

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Campbell River – Quadra Island – Cortes Island committee

 Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
Quadra Island
  • Jim Abram
  • Julie Clelland
  • Adrienne Mann
  • Vincent Martin
  • Jackie Unwin
Cortes Island
  • Jan Boas
  • Bill Dougan
  • Corry Dow
  • Uschi Koebberling
  • Kate Maddigan
  • Mike Manson


Next meeting

  • TBD

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Chemainus – Thetis Island – Penelakut Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chairs Members
Thetis Island
  • Ken Hunter
  • Anne-Marie Koeppen
Penelakut Island
  • Joan Brown
  • Sharon Cross
School District 79:
  • Selena Hayes


Next meeting

  • TBD
Denman Island – Hornby Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
Denman Island
  • John Andrew
  • David Critchley
  • Jack Forsyth
  • Noel Villard
  • Kevin Hutton
Hornby Island
  • Ron Edmonds
  • Andrea Kaback
  • Rob McCreary
  • Karen Ross
  • Grant Scott
  • Stephan Wehner
Comox Valley Regional District:
  • Vacant


Next meeting

  • TBD
Gabriola Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
  • Peter Briscoe
  • Scott Colbourne
  • Vanessa Craig
  • Carly McMahon
  • Heather O'Sullivan
  • Paul O'Sullivan
  • Jim Ramsay
  • Peggy Richardson
  • April Vanini


Next meeting

  • TBD

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Gambier Island – Keats Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
Gambier Island
  • Michelle Hughes
Keats Island
  • Peter Grierson
  • Susan McLaren
  • Tanya Saunders
Kona Winds, operator of the Stormaway water taxi


Next meeting

  • TBD
North & Central Coast committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chairs: Members:
Haida Gwaii
  • Michelle (Ooka) Pineault
  • Lisa Pineault
Prince Rupert
  • Barry Cunningham
Central Coast
  • Darren Edgar (Klemtu)
  • Peter Kovanda (Bella Coola)
  • Mark Schlichting (Denman Island)
  • Toni Ziganash (Ocean Falls)
Port Hardy 
  • Elizabeth Aman-Hume
  • Fred Robertson


Next meeting

  • TBD
Northern Sunshine Coast committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members :
Powell River
  • Patrick Brabazon
  • Ernie Burden
  • Jacquie Donaldson
  • Paul Kamon
  • Jim Palm
  • Jason Revke
  • Brendan Behan
Texada Island
  • Warren Kiland
  • Doug Nikirk


Next meeting

  • TBD
Salt Spring Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
  • Kylie Coates
  • Peter Grove
  • Gary Holman
  • Kirk Karaszkiewicz
  • Rob Pingle
  • Catherine Samson
  • Mike Stacey
  • Alan Sturgess
  • Dave Toynbee
  • John Wakefield


Next meeting

  • TBD
Southern Gulf Islands committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chairs: Members:
Member-at-large:
  • Greg Lucas (School District 64)
Galiano Island
  • Charlene Dishaw
  • Robert Matson
Mayne Island
  • Diana King
Pender Island
  • Joanne Enns
  • Dale Henning
  • Roy Moore
Saturna Island
  • Robert Alloway
  • Michel Chiasson
  • Toby Wadsworth


Next meeting

  • TBD
Southern Sunshine Coast committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
  • Grace Carter
  • Anne Cochran
  • David Croal
  • Ali Glencross
  • Paul Kamon
  • Peter Kosof
  • Matt McLean
  • Pat Moore
  • Gary Nohr
  • Lori Pratt
 

Next meeting

  • TBD
Tri–Island committee

Marine Superintendent


Committee

Chair: Members:
Port McNeill
  • Ryan Mitchell
Alert Bay
  • Mr. George Alfred
  • Art Dick
Sointula
  • Carmen Burrows
  • Hans Madsen
  • Stephanie Rockman


Next meeting

  • TBD

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We're here to help. If you have any questions about the Ferry Advisory Committees, you can email us at FACinfo@bcferries.com