BC Ferries to Upgrade Bowen Island Terminal

BC Ferries’ Snug Cove terminal. Photo: BC Ferries.

BC Ferries said in late November that it plans to invest about $3.7 million to refresh aging infrastructure at Snug Cove on Bowen Island, to maintain safe and reliable operations.

The British Columbia ferry operator said that the “terminal life extension project” is anticipated to begin Jan. 8, 2024 and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2024.

The Snug Cove terminal on Bowen Island is used extensively by daily commuters, school-aged children, residents, emergency services and tourists. It is comprised of one minor berth that services the route to Horseshoe Bay (Metro Vancouver), providing the island’s only point of access for vehicle traffic and commercial goods deliveries.

The current berth structure is about 38 years old and requires investment to ensure smooth continuity. Since construction of the ramp, apron and headframe structures in 1985, and the pontoon and wingwalls in 2000, Snug Cove’s Berth has experienced significant vehicle and foot traffic, about 15-16 trips per day and 5,666 trips annually, BC Ferries said.

The upgrade project involves strengthening and replacing ramp components, restoring and replacing berth structures such as wingwalls, dolphin chains etc., plus other “crucial” upgrades, according to the ferry operator.

During the three month construction phase, sailing schedules for Tuesday- Sunday will be amended with no change to Monday schedules. The modified schedules can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/ykmbx9nh.

“BC Ferries is making every effort to minimize disruption of service,” the company said in a statement. “Most work will occur at night to mitigate operational impacts, but the company is asking customers to plan ahead for their travel during this time.”

Full berth closures are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 20, Saturday, Feb. 3, Sunday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, March 9. Weekend days were selected for the full berth closures to minimize the impact on commuters, businesses and school children, the ferry operator said.

During sailing cancellations and closures, mitigation measures such as water taxis, shuttle bus service on Bowen Island and discounted/complimentary parking in Horseshoe Bay is planned to be in place to ensure customers feel the least impact to their day-to-day schedules.

More information about the Snug Cove project is available on the BC Ferries website, https://tinyurl.com/ye7cjehm.