BC Ferries Investing in Bowen Island Terminal Upgrades

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Work to update the aging infrastructure at Snug Cove on Bowen Island in British Columbia is set to start in January, BC Ferries announced Nov. 21.

The ferry agency said that it plans to spend about $3.7 million on a terminal life extension project. Slated to start on Jan. 8 and continue through the end of March, the work calls for bolstering and replacing ramp parts and renewing and replacing berth structures including wingwalls and dolphin chains, as well as other updates.

The current berth structure is about 38 years old, with the ramp, apron and headframe structures built in 1985 and the pontoon and wingwalls in 2000.

Meanwhile, Snug Cove’s berth has seen a lot of vehicle and foot traffic over the years. BC Ferries estimates about 15-16 trips daily and 5,666 trips annually.

To limit service disruption, BC Ferries said much of the work is expected to happen at night. Customers are encouraged to plan their travel ahead of time, BC Ferries said.

During construction, the Tuesday through Sunday sailing schedules are to be amended. Amended route are available at: https://www.bcferries.com/routes-fares/schedules/seasonal/HSB-BOW?departureDateCode=R8_20240108_20240328

Full berth closures are set for Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 4 and March 9.

The latest information is available at https://www.bcferriesprojects.ca/snug-cove-tp.

By Karen Robes Meeks