Vesuvius Bay Terminal Development Plan

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In February 2019, our Terminal Development Team along with key staff from various departments at BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Vesuvius Bay terminal. The TDP is an important document that will outline the long-term plan and vision for the terminal.


Throughout the collaborative process, the development of the TDP will include:

  • Identifying key issues and opportunities
  • Developing conceptual options for the terminal
  • Identifying preferred concept(s) to guide future terminal upgrades

Current status: The Terminal Development Plan has been refined and the preferred concept has been included in the plan. Please read below for further details.


In February 2019, our Terminal Development Team along with key staff from various departments at BC Ferries began creating a Terminal Development Plan (TDP) for the Vesuvius Bay terminal. The TDP is an important document that will outline the long-term plan and vision for the terminal.


Throughout the collaborative process, the development of the TDP will include:

  • Identifying key issues and opportunities
  • Developing conceptual options for the terminal
  • Identifying preferred concept(s) to guide future terminal upgrades

Current status: The Terminal Development Plan has been refined and the preferred concept has been included in the plan. Please read below for further details.

  • Terminal Development Plan Complete - January 2022

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    In developing the Terminal Development Plan (TDP) we engaged with customers and the community to better understand key issues and opportunities for the terminal. We heard from ferry users and terminal neighbours, the Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC), government stakeholders, First Nations and employees. We considered the feedback and refined the concepts into a single preferred concept that forms the basis of the approved Terminal Development Plan.

    Read the approved Terminal Development Plan.

  • Fall Engagement 2019 Results

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    On November 7, 2019 we began engagement on the draft concepts, presenting two draft terminal concepts to key stakeholders and the Ferry Advisory Committee for input and feedback, followed by an online survey from November 7 to 22, 2019.

    The draft concepts addressed operational and infrastructure improvements, and responded to the feedback we heard from key groups and partners in the Spring of 2019, including government stakeholders, the Ferry Advisory Committee, community members, and the Salt Spring Island Harbour Authority.

    View the Draft Concepts

    Read the Engagement Summary Report - December 2019

  • Bowen Queen Service Update - October 2019

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    In response to your concerns over the past summer regarding overloads that impacted residents’ and business travel experience on the Vesuvius to Crofton route, we would like to announce that the Bowen Queen will service this route April through October 2020.

    The Bowen Queen will be deployed on the route during the peak season until the arrival of the larger Quinsam in 2022. We know it has been a challenging summer and we sincerely apologize for the experience you’ve had.

    Traffic modelling indicates that while the Bowen Queen will relieve some pressure on the route, it will not alleviate overloads completely, particularly during peak times. Longer line-ups on roadways may also occur. We will evaluate the 2020 peak season to help decide the type of service needed in 2021/22. Off-peak season service between now and 2022 will be provided by the Quinitsa.

    Thank you to the Salt Spring Island Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) who conveyed your concerns regarding this route, and advocating for the solutions above on the community’s behalf.

    Read the full update: October 2019 Bowen Queen Update

Page last updated: 11 May 2022, 01:13 PM