Travel Advisory: COVID-19 Update - Important information - Last updated January 11, 2021 View ×

BC Ferries remains committed to ensuring coastal communities have reliable access to essential goods and supplies. Our priority is the health and safety of our customers and employees, and the company will strictly adhere to provincial and federal guidelines.

We encourage our customers to continue to heed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice to be calm, be kind, and be safe. Our vessel and terminal staff are working hard to adjust to changing circumstances and to implement protocols and procedures that keep everyone safe and healthy. BC Ferries does not tolerate any abuse, including verbal abuse, towards its employees. A customer who abuses an employee will be denied service.

On January 7, 2021 Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an update to the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 - February 5, 2021), for more information click here. BC Ferries advises customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time – this includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. If this new Provincial Health Officer restriction affects your travel plans please contact us to change or cancel your booking. Reservations fees for existing bookings will be refunded if travel must be cancelled as a result of Provincial Health Order (PHO) travel restrictions, please contact us in advance of travel. This applies to travel occurring during the PHO travel restriction period. 

 

Masks are mandatory

All passengers must wear non-medical masks or face coverings when at terminals and on board ferries except:

  • When inside a vehicle
  • When consuming food or drinks, provided physical distancing is maintained
  • Children under 2 years of age
  • 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

 

* In the event that a passenger cannot wear a mask or face covering due to medical reasons, BC Ferries may require passengers to present documentation from a healthcare professional. This is a new Transport Canada requirement for ferry operators across Canada.

Passengers are reminded to continue to maintain physical distance while wearing a mask.
 
As defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada, a mask should fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops, be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping.

 

Transport Canada - Closed deck regulation - reinstatement on September 30th

The temporary flexibility Transport Canada granted ferry operators that allows passengers to remain in their vehicle on enclosed vehicle decks is being rescinded by the regulator on September 30th, 2020. Transport Canada allowed this temporary flexibility earlier this summer in response to COVID-19. BC Ferries must comply with Transport Canada regulations. Starting on September 30th, passengers loaded on enclosed lower decks will be required to leave their vehicles.

Learn more about the reinstatement of the Transport Canada regulation

View frequently asked questions

 

Transport Canada - COVID-19 screening

For any route longer than 30 minutes, BC Ferries will screen all customers for COVID-19 symptoms and restrict travel to any customer that does not meet the screening requirements, as per the federal guidelines.

Prior to entering a BC Ferries’ terminal, customers need to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a fever and a cough?
  2. Do you have a fever and breathing difficulty?
  3. Have you been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to a medical reason related to COVID-19?
  4. Are you the subject of a provincial/territorial or local public health order? Note: A provincial/territorial or local public health order is typically a quarantine order issued to a person who has tested positive or is presumed positive to COVID-19
  5. Are you in possession of a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, and do you agree to wear this covering when outside your vehicle at terminals and while on board ferries?

If you answer yes to any of questions 1 to 4 and/or no to question 5 above, or refuse to answer any of the questions, BC Ferries will deny you boarding. Customers not displaying symptoms and under a directive to self-isolate at home may be permitted on board but will be required to maintain physical distance by remaining in their vehicle.

BC Ferries has implemented measures in order to ensure that customers with serious medical conditions and a need for time sensitive treatments are able to continue to travel. Customers can communicate their travel needs to the ticket agent when they arrive at the terminal. Reservations are recommended, but non-reserved travel will be prioritized based on the essential travel needs.

View more details on Transport Canada’s announcement

Book in advance to avoid lengthy waits as sailings are limited. Check-in processing takes longer due to screening protocols in place.
 

Malahat Nation

Malahat Nation is currently under a Shelter in Place order that took effect January 8, 2021.

We ask that all Mill Bay ferry customers please wear a mask when on, or transiting to BC Ferries Mill Bay terminal outside of a vehicle. Commuting customers please see the request below from Malahat Nation regarding parking on Mill Bay Road.

For further information, please see malahatnation.com.

 

Northern routes

For more information on our current Northern schedules, visit bcferries.com/schedules.

Many communities served by BC Ferries have issued advisories to travelers notifying them of limited supplies, healthcare equipment and resources. These communities include Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Bella Coola. Customers should inform themselves of local situations and remain committed to essential travel only.
For more information about travel and restrictions in these northern communities, see:

Foot passengers

When travelling, we require customers wear a face covering onboard or in our terminals. Reservations for foot passengers are available for travel between 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.

 

BC Ferries Vacations

Customers with BC Ferries Vacation bookings affected by the COVID-19 restrictions (in effect November 7 - February 5, 2021) can contact us to change or cancel their booking. If you require immediate assistance, please contact BC Ferries Vacations at 1-888-223-3779 Ext. 3, or email vacations@bcferries.com. Vacations Call Centre business hours are:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Weekends and statutory holidays: 9 am – 5 pm

 

Additional information

  • Customers requiring wheelchair assistance: We are unable to provide wheelchair assistance at terminals or on board ferries. If you require a wheelchair, request one at the terminal. We ask that you travel with your own wheelchair assistant if required.

  • For more information on travelling with BC Ferries during the COVID-19 Pandemic click here
  • Updates from our President and CEO Mark Collins

Vehicles with U.S. license plates travelling on the Ferries

Canada Border Services Agency is screening people entering Canada at the borders. BC Ferries does not have a mandate to restrict travel.

 

We’re in this together

We are proud of the work our dedicated employees continue to provide during this situation. Crews have been taking, and will continue to take, extra measures to ensure continued safe transport of critical goods and supplies to coastal B.C. communities. If you have a chance to relay a ‘thank-you’ to our teams online, please do.

BC Ferries provides a lifeline to remote and to coastal communities in British Columbia, and will continue to provide vital services, such as delivering medical supplies and groceries to support communities.

For more information on all the steps BC Ferries is taking during COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 response page. For more information on schedules visit bcferries.com/schedules. BC Ferries hopes to resume the levels of service customers have come to expect soon.

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Motorcycle fares and information

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Standard motorcycle
Depending on the route, you will be loaded on the ferry before or after all other vehicles. There will be a designated spot for your motorcycle on board.

Non-standard motorcycle
If you have a trailer, sidecar, or more than two wheels on your motorcycle, you may be loaded along with standard vehicles.
 
  • Ride slowly when loading or unloading
  • Park diagonally to the ferry’s centre line and leave in a low gear
  • Park using a side stand and use wooden blocks (available on our vehicle decks) so your motorcycle is secure
  • Bring tie downs to secure your motorcycle when travelling on our North coast sailings
  • We operate under the principle of first come, first served and may deviate from this if a motorcycle/trike does not displace other vehicles by the space they occupy onboard
If you are travelling with a motorcycle on our North coast routes or between Vancouver (Tsawwassen) and the Southern Gulf Islands, we recommend booking your travel online.

Find more information for drivers of all vehicle types travelling on our ferries.


Motorcycle only fares

See motorcycle with sidecar (and / or trailer) fares below for applicable routes.
  
Metro Vancouver
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Victoria (Swartz Bay) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Nanaimo (Duke Point) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Bowen Island (Snug Cove) $14.80 $14.80 $14.80 Return
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) - Southern Gulf Islands $32.25 $32.25 $32.25 One-way
Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo (Departure Bay) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) - Sunshine Coast (Langdale) $22.95 $22.95 $22.95 One-way
Vancouver Island
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Victoria (Swartz Bay) - Vancouver (Tsawwassen) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Victoria (Swartz Bay) - Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) $15.65 $15.65 $15.65 One-way
Victoria (Swartz Bay) - Southern Gulf Islands (Galiano, Pender and Saturna) $17.80 $17.80 $17.80 Return
Nanaimo (Departure Bay) - Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour) - Gabriola Island $11.45 $11.45 $11.45 Return
Nanaimo (Duke Point) - Vancouver (Tsawwassen) $28.75 $28.75 $28.75 One-way
Brentwood Bay - Mill Bay $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 One-way
Buckley Bay - Denman Island West $10.35 $10.35 $10.35 Return
Campbell River - Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove) $10.35 $10.35 $10.35
Chemainus - Thetis Island - Penelakut Island (Telegraph Harbour) $10.90 $10.90 $10.90 Return
Comox (Little River) - Powell River (Westview) $21.10 $21.10 $21.10 One-way
Crofton - Salt Spring (Vesuvius Bay) $15.65 $15.65 $15.65 Return
Mill Bay - Brentwood Bay $7.85 $7.85 $7.85 One-way
Port McNeill - Cormorant Island (Alert Bay) - Malcolm Island (Sointula) $12.05 $12.05 $12.05 Return
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Bella Coola $168.00 $135.45 $114.25 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Central Coast - Prince Rupert $199.25 $145.50 $111.95 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) or Prince Rupert - Central Coast $102.75 $86.45 $65.25 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) or Prince Rupert - Bella Coola $168.00 $135.45 $114.25 One-way
Southern Gulf Islands
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Inter-Gulf Island service (Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Saturna, Salt Spring) $6.10 $6.10 $6.10 One-way
Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay) - Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour) Free Free Free One-way
Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) - Victoria (Swartz Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Salt Spring (Vesuvius Bay) - Crofton Free Free Free One-way
Southern Gulf Islands - Vancouver (Tsawwassen) $15.90 $15.90 $15.90 One-way
Southern Gulf Islands - Victoria (Swartz Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Sunshine Coast
Regular Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Bowen Island (Snug Cove) - Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) Free Free Free
Powell River (Westview) - Comox (Little River) $21.10 $21.10 $21.10 One-way
Powell River (Westview) - Texada Island (Blubber Bay) $11.45 $11.45 $11.45 Return
Powell River (Saltery Bay) - Sunshine Coast (Earls Cove) $22.35 $22.35 $22.35 Return
Sunshine Coast (Earls Cove) - Powell River (Saltery Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Sunshine Coast (Langdale) - Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Sunshine Coast (Langdale) - Gambier Island (New Brighton) - Keats Island (Keats Landing) No vehicles No vehicles No vehicles
Texada Island (Blubber Bay) - Powell River (Westview) Free Free Free One-way
Northern Gulf Islands
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Cortes Island (Whaletown) - Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Denman Island East (Gravelly Bay) - Hornby Island (Shingle Spit) $10.35 $10.35 $10.35 Return
Denman Island West - Buckley Bay Free Free Free One-way
Hornby Island (Shingle Spit) - Denman Island East (Gravelly Bay) Free Free Free One-way
Port McNeill - Malcolm Island (Sointula) - Cormorant Island (Alert Bay) $12.05 $12.05 $12.05 Return
Quadra Island (Heriot Bay) - Cortes Island (Whaletown) $12.05 $12.05 $12.05 Return
Quadra Island (Quathiaski Cove) - Campbell River Free Free Free One-way
Central Coast
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Bella Coola - Central Coast Ports $65.25 $65.25 $49.00 One-way
Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) - Shearwater $22.50 $22.50 $22.50 One-way
Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) or  Shearwater to Ocean Falls or Klemtu $36.00 $36.00 $36.00 One-way
North Coast
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Prince Rupert - Graham Island (Skidegate) $71.50 $71.50 $58.75 One-way
Prince Rupert or Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Central Coast $102.75 $86.45 $65.25 One-way
Prince Rupert or Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Bella Coola $168.00 $135.45 $114.25 One-way
Haida Gwaii
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Graham Island (Skidegate) - Moresby Island (Alliford Bay) $10.35 $10.35 $10.35 Return
Graham Island (Skidegate) - Prince Rupert $71.50 $71.50 $58.75 One-way
Moresby Island (Alliford Bay) - Graham Island (Skidegate) Free Free Free One-way

Motorcycle with sidecar and / or trailer fares (applicable routes)

 
Vancouver Island
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Bella Coola $242.35 $214.50 $181.85 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Central Coast - Prince Rupert $303.25 $219.50 $163.40 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) or Prince Rupert - Central Coast $149.35 $135.25 $102.60 One-way
Port Hardy (Bear Cove) or Prince Rupert - Bella Coola $242.35 $214.50 $181.85 One-way
Central Coast
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Bella Coola - Central Coast Ports $93.00 $93.00 $79.25 One-way
Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) - Shearwater $32.70 $32.70 $32.70 One-way
Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) or  Shearwater to Ocean Falls or Klemtu $56.00 $56.00 $56.00 One-way
North Coast
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Prince Rupert - Graham Island (Skidegate) $107.25 $107.25 $93.00 One-way
Prince Rupert or Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Central Coast $149.35 $135.25 $102.60 One-way
Prince Rupert or Port Hardy (Bear Cove) - Bella Coola $242.35 $214.50 $181.85 One-way
Haida Gwaii
Regular Season
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Shoulder Season
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Off-peak
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Trip type
Graham Island (Skidegate) - Prince Rupert $107.25 $107.25 $93.00 One-way


 

Seasonal dates for Northern and Central Coast routes

 
Regular:
  • May 01 2020 through Sep 30 2020

Shoulder:
  • Apr 01 2020 through Apr 30 2020
  • Oct 01 2020 through Oct 31 2020
  • Dec 11 2020 through Jan 3 2021
  • Feb 26 2021 through Mar 31 2021

Off-peak:
  • Nov 01 2020 through Dec 10 2020 & Jan 04 2021 through Feb 25 2021