Snug Cove Terminal Development Plan

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View of Snug Cove from the ferry


In May 2020, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Snug 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 invite you to learn more about the TDP for the Snug Cove terminal on this page. 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 May 2020, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Snug 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 invite you to learn more about the TDP for the Snug Cove terminal on this page. 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!

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  • Draft Terminal Concept

    11 months ago
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    Thank you for participating in the forum sharing your comments about the opportunities and challenges you see with this draft terminal concept    

    For a better look at the draft terminal concept, click on the image above. 

    Draft Terminal Concept Key Features

    Near-term features: 

    • Expanded outdoor waiting area for foot passengers, including infill between waiting area and public dock
    • New washroom / waiting room building 
    • Covered bike / scooter parking
    • Outdoor seating and landscaping
    • Vehicle holding lane extended closer to berth, with reserved emergency vehicle staging


    Multi-jurisdictional considerations: 

    • Enhanced lane safety for reversible loading/unloading lane  
    • Exploring improved transit access if new berth alignment is pursued - LEARN MORE about transit accommodation options at the terminal
    • The multi-use path proposed by Bowen Island Municipality will improve pedestrian flow and comfort to/from the terminal and the Cardena Road bus stop, including more comfortable movement for those with mobility aid


    Long-term features:

    • New berth, potentially with a new alignment
    • Passenger walkway on both sides of berth


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  • Transit Accommodation at Snug Cove Terminal

    11 months ago
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    Through Phase 3 engagement, we heard a desire to have buses drop-off and pick-up passengers closer to the terminal than they do today. As part of our concept development, we tested a number of options for allowing transit closer to the berth. The limited space available at the terminal presented significant challenges. We found we must either widen into the hillside, or create costly over-water area to give buses the room they need to turn around, to avoid conflict between buses and pedestrian traffic, and to avoid conflict between buses and vehicle traffic while loading and unloading. 

    We tested many potential options for allowing transit closer to the berth, examples of different concepts we tested include: 

    At this time, our concept does not show transit stalls close to the terminal due to the significant challenges present. However, Bowen Island Municipality, Translink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, and BC Ferries will continue to discuss options for improving transit access at the terminal as we go forward. 

    Thank you for participating in the forum and sharing your comments and questions about transit accommodations outlined in the draft terminal concept. 

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