Project Update - March 9, 2022

Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island: Two Ship Service will Begin April 12, 2022

We are ready to introduce two-ship service on the Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island route effective April 12, 2022!

The two new Island Class ships will replace the MV Quinsam and will provide a 49% increase in vehicle capacity and double the sailing frequency during peak travel times. One vessel will provide 18-hours of service with departure times from each terminal close to what is in place today to avoid disrupting established travel patterns. The second vessel will operate during the busiest 12-hour period of the day from 6:20am to 5:05pm, providing sailings approximately every 35 minutes.

During engagement with the community we heard about the importance of the morning sailing times to support commuters and school children leaving Gabriola. The schedule reflects this input with a new 7:05 am departure from Gabriola. We also heard about the need for easier loading and unloading of foot passengers and have constructed a new separate foot passenger walkway at the Nanaimo Harbour terminal to support this.

New schedules will be online shortly, and will offer the following sailing times:

Nanaimo Harbour - Descanso Bay (Gabriola Island)

April 12, 2022 - March 31, 2023

From Nanaimo Harbour From Descanso Bay
5:45 am Except Saturday, Sunday and Dec 25, Jan 1
5:15 am Except Saturday, Sunday and Dec 25, Jan 1
6:35 am Except Dec 25, Jan 1
6:20 am Except Dec 25, Jan 1
6:55 am Except Sunday and Dec 25, Jan 1
7:05 am Except Sunday
Except Sunday and Dec 25, Jan 1
7:35 am Except Sunday
7:35 am Except Sunday
8:10 am
8:10 am
8:45 am
8:45 am
9:20 am
9:20 am
9:55 am 9:55 am
10:30 am Dangerous cargo only on Wednesday
10:30 am
11:05 am
11:05 am
11:40 am
11:40 am
12:55 pm 12:55 pm
1:30 pm 1:30 pm
2:15 pm 2:15 pm
2:50 pm 2:50 pm
3:25 pm 3:25 pm
4:00 pm 4:00 pm
4:35 pm Except Saturday and Dec 25, Jan 1
4:35 pm
5:05 pm
5:05 pm Except Saturday and Dec 25, Jan 1
6:15 pm
5:40 pm Dangerous cargo only on Wednesday
7:30 pm
6:50 pm
9:10 pm
8:00 pm
10:05 pm Except Wednesday
9:40 pm
11:00pm 10:30 pm Except Wednesday


Campbell River – Quadra Island: Start of Two Ship Service in Final Planning Stages

The start of two-ship service for the Campbell River – Quadra Island route is in the final planning stages. We will update the community as soon as plans are finalized. Please check back here for updates.

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