Sturdies Bay Terminal Development Plan

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View of Sturdies Bay from the ferry.


In November 2019, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Sturdies Bay 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 is approved. Please stay tuned to this page!



In November 2019, our Terminal Development team along with key staff from across BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Sturdies Bay 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 is approved. Please stay tuned to this page!


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    What lighting improvements will be made in and around the terminal? Will the streetlight at the corner of Sturdies Bay Rd. and Madrona Rd be replaced?

    alibuto asked 7 months ago

    Hi again, we will also look to ensure other key aspects like effective lighting balances the important safety role that lighting plays for the terminal as well as considering and minimizing where possible any impact on the neighbors and community. On roadway and lighting improvements in jurisdictions near our terminals that are outside of our property boundaries we work closely with partners such as Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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    Will there be improved garbage and recycling facilities at the terminal?

    alibuto asked 7 months ago

    Hi Alibuto, thank you for your question.  Following the completion of the terminal development planning, in the years ahead as we move closer to project planning for potential changes and improvements at the Sturdies Bay terminal, important operational aspects like garbage, recycling and composting will be considered.

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    May I agree with the suggestion to reopen Montague Harbour? It would also provide an emergency port when storms close Sturdies Bay.

    El Gordo asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion about relocating the existing Sturdies Bay terminal to Montague Harbour. We’ve noted your comment for review as part of the long-term planning for this terminal. Draft concepts are now posted here for review and feedback until April 9th – we hope you’ll have a look and tell us what you think.

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    Can you please provide information for plans to remedy the Sturdies Bay Terminal and related street lighting glare by installing directional lighting, hoods or or other lighting solutions to prevent light pollution spilling out in the form of adjacent land banks facing the terminal? As a reference this related issue is described in the PORT METRO VANCOUVER | Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Marine Shipping Supplemental Report, *section 7.5. "Light trespass refers to the effects of light or illuminance (measured in lux) that strays from its intended purpose directly onto neighbouring areas where lighting may be undesirable. This phenomenon is often considered a direct light impact since it involves light travelling directly from a light source to a neighbouring Point of Reception (POR). Light trespass effects are usually confined to PORs in the immediate vicinity of a light source (i.e., those PORs with direct line of sight to the source). • Sky glow refers to stray light scattering in the atmosphere, brightening the natural sky background level, and reducing star visibility. This phenomenon is often considered an indirect light impact since it involves scattering and reflection of light rays in the atmosphere rather than direct propagation from a light source to a POR. Sky glow effects are often associated with light pollution at greater distances from the source than light trespass effects." Thank you for your consideration and response as the Sturdies Bay Ferry Terminal traditional lighting scheme does present challenges to some islanders.

    KarenW asked 8 months ago

    Hi Karen, thank you for your question and feedback. We have noted your concern about light pollution and glare from terminal lights.

    The Terminal Development Plan is a higher level, long-term 25 year plan that will identify improvements that can be phased over time. When the time comes to identify any changes or improvements in lighting we will strive to ensure effective lighting that balances the important safety role that lighting plays for the terminal as well as considering and minimizing wherever possible any impact on the neighbors and community.  

    Christine

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    Does BC Ferries have or plan to have an air quality monitoring system in place that is/will be publicly available? Thank you.

    KarenW asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. BC Ferries is committed to environmental sustainability and we strive to reduce our environmental footprint. For information on our environmental metrics and performance, as well as long term environmental plans, please visit the following webpage:

    https://www.bcferries.com/in-the-community/environmental-sustainability

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    It is possible that in the future a terminal could be rebuilt at Montague Harbor for possible connection between the northern and southern gulf islands (an Island class ferry from Montague Harbor to a northern gulf Island)?

    Chase asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Chase,

    Sorry for the delay in responding. interesting idea. The Sturdies Bay planning for possible future terminal improvements is focused on the existing terminal, but this idea will be noted as part of larger network planning. Thanks for your suggestion. More engagement opportunity for Studies Bay will be added here March 15-Apr 9th along with a draft option to review and provide feedback. We hope you’ll check back here March 15th and tell us what you think. 

    Christine 

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    Where is the Baseline Report/ Gap Analysis, listed in Phase two, and any other documentation, BC Ferries Vision for Sturdies Bay Terminal available? Will or have any environmental assessments been undertaken and where can they be accessed? Thank you.

    KarenW asked 9 months ago

    Hi Karen, 

    Thank you for your questions and interest in the Sturdies Bay terminal development plan. 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 publicly published as it contains confidential information.  

    The Terminal Development Plan sets out the long term vision and, once approved, is shared online. It will contain a comprehensive outline of the terminal and findings of the planning process, along with proposed improvements and identification of further studies. Environmental assessments are undertaken as required as part of future project implementation stages.

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    Will the development include having the trestle able to accommodate a fully loaded dumptruck and pup? Will the turn at the top by the booth be make easier for transfer traffic?

    Mary Greenwood asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Mary,

    We appreciate your questions and we understand the importance of traffic flow and safety for all ferry users. The functionality of the Sturdies Bay trestle for large trucks and other vehicles, as well as having a safe turn around area are key issues we are looking at in our planning process. We will have more to share in the months ahead as we begin to engage with key groups, the community, customers, local First Nations and stakeholders. Thank you for your interest in the Sturdies Bay Terminal Development Plan.


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    Will there be more out of lot parking? Will the trestle accommodate a fully loaded truck and pup trailer? Will the test le be out of service to ferry traffic at any time during this development? Will the turn by the terminal booth be modified to accommodate the transfer traffic? will it be better lit? Mary Greenwood, SGI FAC co-chair and Galiano Rep.

    Mary Greenwood asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Mary,

    These are great questions that will be explored in detail as we progress further along in the terminal development planning process. You raised key issues our team will be spending time looking into in a very detailed way in the months ahead. We will be sharing more information here and there will be other opportunities to raise questions and learn information about our planning process and the key issues we will be seeking feedback from the community, our customers, stakeholders, the Ferry Advisory Committee, local First Nations and key partners. More information to come!


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    Congestion is a big concern at Sturdies Bay especially on summer weekends, when traffic back to Tsawwassen has to arrive early and backs up Sturdies Bay Road. There is limited area for pick up and drop off and Gulf Drive is often blocked by cars and pedestrians. How will the new plan address congestion and improve access to and from Gulf Drive?

    Tothill asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Tothill,

    We appreciate hearing the concern you raised about traffic congestion, particularly during peak travel season. The terminal development team has a focus on all aspects of safety as we work on developing long-term plans for Sturdies Bay, and all of our terminals. Key issues that will be explored at Sturdies Bay will include traffic flow, pick-up and drop-off area and safe walking route for pedestrians. As we move forward in our planning process we will provide updates and seek input from the community, our customers, stakeholders and key partners. More information to follow!


Page last updated: 26 May 2021, 16:50