Earls Cove Terminal Development Plan

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View of Earls Cove from the ferry.



In January 2020, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Earls Cove terminal. The TDP is an important planning document that lays out a long-term vision for future terminal upgrades.



Developing a TDP is a highly collaborative process, and involves working with staff, stakeholders, communities and First Nations to:

  • Identify key issues and opportunities
  • Develop conceptual options for the terminal
  • Refine and identify a preferred concept(s) to guide future upgrades

We are now drafting the full Terminal Development Plan and look forward to sharing it with you once it has been approved. Please stay tuned to this page!




In January 2020, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Earls Cove terminal. The TDP is an important planning document that lays out a long-term vision for future terminal upgrades.



Developing a TDP is a highly collaborative process, and involves working with staff, stakeholders, communities and First Nations to:

  • Identify key issues and opportunities
  • Develop conceptual options for the terminal
  • Refine and identify a preferred concept(s) to guide future upgrades

We are now drafting the full Terminal Development Plan and look forward to sharing it with you once it has been approved. Please stay tuned to this page!


  • Project Update - November 2020

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    Thank you to everyone who provided input on our draft terminal design concepts. The concepts were generally well received, including the idea of a new waiting room/washroom building and incorporating two-lane unloading for more efficient operations.


    Key themes we heard in the feedback included:

    • Considerations for the addition of a highway holding lane:
      • Generally noted as beneficial to move traffic off the road and improve safety and flow during busy times
      • May have impact on acceleration lane length for commercial traffic, shorter holding lanes and/or a truck pullout were suggested as ways to mitigate this
      • Queue jumping may be possible with holding lane, we need to consider how to mitigate this potential

    • Wayfinding:
      • Desire for clearer signs at terminal entry

    • Addition of amenities including:
      • Electric vehicle charging stations
      • Enhanced picnic tables, e.g. with chess or cribbage inlays

    Through the OCP and Rezoning amendment process we also heard the following key themes:

    • Traffic flow and safety
      1. Ensuring that those employed by, or wishing to patronize the nearby restaurant are able to access the business and have adequate parking to do so
      2. Ensuring safe access to nearby businesses and roadways during peak times

    • Integrating with surroundings
      1. Taking care not to infringe on local business, i.e. nearby restaurant
      2. Ensuring comfort for residents and travellers while at the terminal


    We are now drafting the full Terminal Development Plan and look forward to sharing it with you once it has been approved. Please stay tuned to this page!

  • OCP & Zoning Bylaw Amendments

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    Latest news: The proposed OCP and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for Earls Cove were approved in January 2021 following SCRD reviews and first and second readings in September 2020.

    As part of the terminal development planning process, we submitted an application in March 2020 to the Sunshine Coast Regional District to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning bylaws for the terminal. We proposed changes to bring the legal land use classifications in the bylaws in line with the way the land is already being used. The bylaws zoned the terminal for a mix of commercial and residential uses, which do not allow for ferry terminal use. We proposed to change the zoning of terminal lands to 'marine transportation' to reflect the fact that the land is being used as a ferry terminal today. No other significant changes were proposed.

    Read our application

    Our team listened to the comments provided by the community. Thank you for your feedback. The information you provided was shared with the SCRD as part of our application process, and will also help us further develop and refine the Terminal Development Plan.


Page last updated: 26 May 2021, 16:33