Ferry Guide

It’s that time again.

The Queen of Capilano is undergoing regular maintenance between January 3 and February 4, 2018. During this time, BC Ferries will service Bowen Island with the smaller Bowen Queen. The replacement ferry is an older vessel that fits 40% fewer vehicles than our usual ferry. At capacity, the Queen of Capilano carries 100 vehicles, while the Bowen Queen can accommodate 61.

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If you regularly drive onto the ferry, you can expect increased delays and regular overloads. The commuter runs in the mornings and afternoons will be most affected.

There are a few extra options available during the refit.

Use your feet

Boarding the ferry as a foot passenger may not be realistic for everyone, but if you can walk on the ferry, please do.

Park on Bowen

The Municipality offers free commuter parking in the lot next to the General Store, and in the larger lot accessed from Miller Road.

NEW! We have created a temporary parking lot at Seniors Lane and Bowen Island Trunk Road that will remain available until the ferry refit is completed.

Metro Vancouver is also allowing temporary commuter parking at the Bowfest Field lot during the refit. Be sure to check the signs on site to make sure you are parking in the right area. You can also try the Park & Ride lot at the Satellite Fire Hall.

Park on the mainland

During the refit, BC Ferries is offering reduced-fee parking in Horseshoe Bay. It costs $10 for 24 hours in the surface lot, or $100 for a month in the parkade.

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Try the water taxi

Bowen Land and Sea Taxi (BLAST) operates weekday foot passenger service from Snug Cove direct to Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver. It takes about 30 minutes dock-to-dock, and costs $10 each way. Book in advance, or call 604-250-8294 (TAXI) for more info.

Departs Snug Cove at 6:30 am, 8:00 am, and 5:10 pm on weekdays.

Departs Coal Harbour at 7:10 am, 4:30 pm, and 6:00 pm on weekdays.

Cormorant Marine offers weekday afternoon foot passenger service between Snug Cove and Horseshoe Bay. It takes about 15 minutes and costs $10 each way, or $85 for a book of 10 tickets. Horseshoe Bay departures connect with the Vancouver Super Express Bus (see below). Call 604-250-2630 for more info.

Ride the Vancouver Super Express Bus

Locally known as “Peter’s Bus”. Weekday mornings, the bus connects with the 6:20 am, 7:30 am, and 8:35 am ferry departures from Snug Cove. The bus departs from Bay Street, immediately next to the BC Ferries terminal, on the water side of the building. It costs $4 per ride or $40 for a book of 12 tickets.

Weekday afternoons, Peter’s Bus picks up passengers at three stops in downtown Vancouver and goes directly to Horseshoe Bay, connecting with the departure of the Cormorant Marine water taxi (see above). Check the Bowen Island Bus group on Facebook for the current schedule.

Find three friends and skip the line

During the refit, on the 4:35 pm, 5:45 pm and 6:50 pm weekday sailings from Horseshoe Bay, BC Ferries is offering assured loading for vehicles that have four or more passengers, including the driver. Just drive up to the booth with at least three friends with you, at least 20 minutes before sailing time. After you pay your regular fare, the agent will give you a card that will admit you to the front of the marshalling line. Be sure to check the overhead digital signs to get to the correct booth for processing.

Connect with others

Join the Bowen Island Commuters and Bowen LIFT Facebook groups to find or offer casual carpooling.

Medical assured loading

When a patient’s health is compromised by waiting extended periods of time in the ferry lineup, BC Ferries provides medical assured loading letters if requested by a physician or hospital. This benefit is not for those seeking X-rays, specialist visits, or routine appointments. Contact the Caring Circle at 604- 947-9100 or info@caringcircle.ca for more info.

IMPORTANT: Do not block Grafton Road

If the Bowen Island ferry marshalling lanes are at capacity when you arrive, please leave and return after the ferry has loaded. Vehicles extending from the end of the marshalling lanes obstruct traffic on a blind corner. The RCMP will be enforcing and issuing citations to drivers who do this.

Remember, the ferry schedule has changed

The new ferry schedule is in effect as of January 2, 2018. Make sure you check the schedule and service noticesbefore planning your travel.