British Columbia Ferries
The BC ferries are the gateway to the westernmost coast of British Columbia and
the natural marvel that is Vancouver Island. Ride a massive and comfortable BC ferry
from Tsawwassen to Schwartz Bay, through the dynamic, marine life rich waters of
Active Pass. You will see breathtaking coastlines, lush coastal forests and very
likely a traveling pod of killer whales, as you travel to or from Vancouver Island.
Not only do the BC
Ferries connect the two largest cities in British Columbia - Vancouver and
Victoria - but they also provide the only source of public transportation between
the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia. There are over 100 gulf islands, each
with their own unique offerings.
Visit some of larger, populated gulf islands via a BC ferry:
Southern Gulf Islands
Northern Gulf Islands
- Gabriola Island
- Galiano Island
- Kuper Island
- Mayne Island
- North and South Pender Islands
- Saltspring Island
- Saturna Island
- Thetis Island
- Valdes Island
The BC Ferries
fleet is made up of a complement of ships of varying size and shape to match the
needs of commuters and tourists. There are currently 35 boats in total, including
the 111 foot long Nimpkish, which is the smallest ferry and has enough capacity
for 16 vehicles and 133 passengers. The Spirit vessels are the largest and newest
at 560 feet long with a capacity for 470 vehicles and 2,100 passengers. These larger
boats are equipped with state rooms, restaurants, cafeterias, shops, conference
rooms, study/work stations, telephones, video arcades and play areas for children.
All ferries and crossings feature spectacular coastal views!
- Denman Island
- Hornby Island
- Lasqueti Island
- Texada Island
- Cortes Island
- Quadra Island
BC Travel Guide is your source for information on BC Ferries, including details of schedules and rates for
all the various crossings.