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!

What questions do you have about the Snug Cove Terminal Development Plan?

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    When planning for new terminal structures, are you taking into account projected sea level rise due to climate change, or power connections and other modifications to allow for electric ferries in the (hopefully very near) future?

    Marysia asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Marysia,

    Thank you for your question. We do take into account projected sea level rise when designing new terminal buildings and marine structures. These are long term assets that must function as intended over their service life.  We are also considering requirements around vessel and terminal electrification requirements in our planning processes.

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    What are the proposed designs for a proper indoor, heated waiting room as promised in 1992 by BCFC but never built? Will there be passenger separation for loading/unloading?

    Peterf asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. As part of the TDP we will be reviewing waiting room and washroom options and requirements along with other terminal elements including transit bus accommodation, foot passenger loading and unloading, bike racks, and covered areas, among others.  The existing washroom building is nearing end of life and has been identified as a short term priority, and understanding how this fits with the long term terminal plan is a key component of the TDP.

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    How do we get to see the phase 2 baseline report

    AMM asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The Baseline Report is an internal working document that is developed as part of the TDP process to summarize details about the terminal, any past studies, and identify potential gaps that may require further investigation. Key elements from this report inform the content and requirements in the TDP.  The baseline document itself is not publically published as it contains confidential information. 

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    With decades of promises and delays, can we have a written commitment from BCF to address these issues in a definitive timeframe? Too many islanders are likely to abstain from participating in this development plan tool unless there are assurances that it will actually go somewhere.

    heg asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The Terminal Development Plan will provide a long term concept and vision for the terminal, with elements implemented in a phased manner over the next 25 years. Some elements have been identified for implementation in the near term (within the next 5 years), specifically a new waiting room/washroom building and customer amenities within our lot (such as bike racks, covered areas etc.). The marine infrastructure still has significant service life left but the TDP will investigate options and requirements as well, and this infrastructure will be replaced as asset condition requires.

Page last updated: 26 May 2021, 16:36