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Nanaimo Harbour terminal

Terminal development plan for Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour)


The Nanaimo Harbour Terminal Development Plan was approved in March 2019. The purpose of this Terminal Development Plan is to set out the long-term vision for the future of this important terminal by providing the framework for the phased implementation of strategies and actions over the next 25 years. This will enable BC Ferries to develop terminals in a cost effective, organized and efficient way.

The Terminal Development Plan involved planning, conceptual design options and the development of an implementation schedule and budget estimates for future terminal upgrades. After careful consideration of the issues identified by comments received from the community engagement internal working group and stakeholders, the design options were refined into a preferred option that meets terminal design requirements. It addresses some of the key issues within the terminal area, improves accessibility and enhances the travel experience of ferry users. The preferred option can be viewed in the Terminal Development Plan.
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Engaging with the Community

Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Application
In April 2019, BC Ferries submitted an Official Community Plan (OCP) and a Zoning Amendment application to the Islands Trust. It is expected that the applications will take 18-24 months to process by the Islands Trust. A copy of the application and the latest update on the application can be viewed here on the Islands Trust website.

BC Ferries hosted an information session on February 26 at Nanaimo Harbour terminal and on February 27 on Gabriola Island where we presented further information on the application and the new Island Class vessels which are scheduled to go into service in 2022.
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You can also read the summary of what we heard at these events here:

Previous Engagement Efforts

In spring 2018, we engaged with the community and key stakeholders to gather feedback, suggestions and ideas to help shape the future improvements at Nanaimo Harbour terminal. This included a community information session and an online survey. Learn more about the concepts, key issues and opportunities for Nanaimo Harbour and the engagement reports.
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Next Steps

The OCP and Zoning amendment application is in progress with the Islands Trust and we are awaiting further information on the application before proceeding.

Project updates

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About Nanaimo Harbour Terminal

The Nanaimo Harbour terminal on Vancouver Island connects residents and visitors to Nanaimo and Gabriola Island communities.

The Quinsam carries up to 70 vehicles and 400 passengers and crew on this route, operating daily, year round, with a crossing time of 20 minutes.

If you have any questions, want to provide feedback, or require further information about the terminal development engagement process, contact or write to us at British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., Terminal Development, Suite 500 - 1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 0B7. Your email, address information and any other information about you is being collected under section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the terminal development engagement process. If you have any questions about the collection of your information, contact the Manager, Terminal Development by calling 250-978-1479, or write to us at this email or at the address above.