Ferry Guide

Islanders are pretty particular when it comes to the ferry, so we thought we'd let you know about both the official and unwritten rules.

Vehicles: DO

  • Park at the end of the line. If the line goes past Village Square you can turn around at the intersection in front of the school.
  • Snug Up! Park within 24" of the vehicle in front of you.
  • Be in your vehicle at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the ferry.
  • Motorcycles: you will be loaded and unloaded before cars. Go right to the front of the line.
  • Cyclists: load and unload with foot passengers. Walk your bike across the ramp.

Vehicles: DON'T

  • Don't speed to get to the ferry. Speed limits are enforced by the RCMP.
  • Don't look for a toll booth. The fare you purchased in Horseshoe Bay includes the return trip!
  • Don't make a U-turn on the hill to get into the ferry lane.
  • Don't stop or park beyond the "End of Ferry Marshalling" sign. If the lanes are full you will not get on the ferry. Come back for the next sailing.
  • Don't stop or park in areas marked with yellow cross-hatched lines on the pavement. They are there so that ferry traffic doesn't block entrances to stores, side streets and parking lots.
  • Don't start your engine until your lane starts moving. Idling is prohibited and enforced by Bylaw Officers.

Foot passengers: DO

  • Arrive at the waiting area at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure.
  • Wait for ferry traffic to load or unload before crossing the street.

Foot passengers: DON'T

  • Don't walk on the road after you cross the ramp. Move to the sidewalks so that vehicles can unload.
  • Don't look for a toll booth. The fare you purchased in Horseshoe Bay includes the return trip!


The Bowen Island Ferry Guide is available in print at locations throughout Snug Cove and at Municipal Hall. You can also download a PDF of the Bowen Island Ferry Guide.


Last Updated on 2018-05-01 at 11:37 AM