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 COVID-19 impacts

Customers with Experience Cards are encouraged to preload them online prior to travelling.

This will help reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease and support physical distancing at our terminals. Creating an account to access this option also provides card balance protection.

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BC Ferries Experience™ Card

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Access savings on select routes with a BC Ferries Experience™ Card.
Card benefits
  • Access savings on select routes
  • Share your balance when you add secondary cards
  • Activate Auto Load, so your card never runs out of funds
  • Enjoy peace of mind with loss protection
  • Access travel history for the federal transit pass credit (if you qualify)
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How to get and use your Experience Card

Pick up your card:

  • At any BC Ferries ticket booth
  • At any major BC Ferries terminal
  • By calling 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779) - we will mail your card to you

Once you have your card, register and load it online with the minimum amount required to start using it to pay for travel:

  • $55 for passenger only fare
  • $95 for passenger with standard vehicle fare - up to 20 ft. (6.10 m) long

To manage the balance on your Experience Card, you can set up Auto Load to automatically load your card for you when your balance falls below a certain amount (read more below), or you can login to your online account to manually reload your card with the minimum stored value amount required.

If you want to change your fare type, you can easily switch when you reload your card.


  • The funds on your card never expire
  • Register your card to be eligible for loss protection

More information

Auto Load your card
With Auto Load, you can set up your account so that it will automatically load more money when your balance falls below an amount that you choose.

For example, you could set up your account to Auto Load $200 whenever your Experience Card balance falls below $25.

  • A valid credit card number is required

Sign in to your Experience Card account to set up Auto Load.

Loss protection
If you lose your card, you can contact BC Ferries and we'll cancel it and move any remaining balance to a new card.
  • Call 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
  • Visit in-person at any major BC Ferries terminal administration office (we will ask for valid photo ID)
Share your balance with secondary cards
Add secondary cards for family members, and pool or transfer funds from your primary card:
  • Pooling allows your secondary cardholder to share your balance, but does not allow the secondary card to carry its own balance
  • Transferring lets you transfer money to the secondary card and allows the secondary card to carry its own balance
Sign in to your Experience Card account to add cards.
Where to use your Experience Card

Your Experience Card can be used to access savings on these routes:

  • Port McNeill - Malcolm Island (Sointula) - Cormorant Island (Alert Bay)
  • Denman Island West - Buckley Bay
  • Campbell River - Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove)
  • Chemainus - Thetis Island (Preedy Harbour) - Penelakut Island (Telegraph Harbour)
  • Powell River (Westview) - Comox (Little River)
  • Denman Island East (Gravelly Bay) - Hornby Island (Shingle Spit)
  • Sunshine Coast (Earls Cove) - Powell River (Saltery Bay)
  • Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Bowen Island (Snug Cove)
  • Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Sunshine Coast (Langdale)
  • Inter - Southern Gulf Islands travel
  • Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay)
  • Powell River (Westview) – Texada Island (Blubber Bay)
  • Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) - Cortes Island (Whaletown)
  • Graham Island (Skidegate) - Moresby Island (Alliford Bay)
  • Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) - Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Victoria (Swartz Bay) - Southern Gulf Islands
  • Salt Spring Island (Vesuvius) - Crofton

You can also use your Experience Card as a method of payment for regular fares on the following routes:
Note: Experience Card savings are not applicable for these routes.
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Victoria (Swartz Bay)
  • Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Nanaimo (Duke Point)
  • Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo (Departure Bay)

Note: You cannot use your Experience Card for onboard purchases.

Contact us

If you have any questions, call us at 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)

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