June 14, 2021
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British Columbia Ferry Services: Travel and Boarding

British Columbia Ferry Services, also known as the British Columbia Ferries is a ferry service operating as public ownership in Canada. British Ferries (BC) provides ferry services to passengers and vehicles for islands and coastal areas in the Canadian province, British Columbia. BC Ferries is the largest passenger ferry service in North America and the second-largest service in the world.

British Columbia (BC) Ferries have a total of 36 ferry vessels whose total passenger and crew capacity exceeds 27,000. The ferries, in total, have their operations and routes for over 47 locations of the British Columbia coast. BC Ferry routes serve as a connection between the main British Columbia and various islands that do not have rail or road links to the mainland.  

British Columbia Ferry Schedule

British Columbia Ferry Services

British Columbia ferries operate on a lot of different routes all day and all year long. To book a trip via British Columbia Ferry it is very important to understand the routes and schedules. Some of the routes are not available for reservations. The BC Ferries website bcferries.com contains complete information regarding the ferry schedules.

The BC Ferries’ schedule depends on the arrival and departure terminal of the passenger. On bcferries.com, passengers can select from the following 10 departure points:

· Malcolm Island · Quadra Island (Heriot Bay)
· Quadra Island (Quathiaski) · Bella Coola
· Bella Bella · Ocean Falls
· Shearwater · Prince Rupert
· Klemtu · Graham Island

The list of arrival terminals is available on the website and faces daily changes according to the ferry routes and availability. Passengers can view complete schedules by selecting the available departure and arrival terminals.

There is also a BC Ferries mobile application that provides quick and official schedules and ferry information. Passengers can choose from the 12 main BC Ferries routes. The application also provides real-time information regarding available space and terminals.   

British Columbia Ferries Reservations Login

British Columbia Ferry Services

British Columbia Ferry Services provides online services to its customers through its website and mobile application. Customers can make reservations and gather information regarding schedules, routes, and fares.

To make use of the online services, BC Ferry Services’ customers have to create an online account on the BC reservation page. If a customer already has an account they will just need to login into their account. However, customers who haven’t logged into their accounts on the new BC ferries website will have to renew their accounts to continue using online services.

Customers can add their payment cards to the BC ferry services website for online payments, Creating online accounts provides passengers the opportunity to reserve seats for up to 10 sailings, view and manage reservations, and receive updates about the latest news, offers, and discounts.

British Columbia Ferries’ Fare and Reservation Fee

British Columbia Ferry Services

BC Ferries website contains an online fare calculator that passengers can use to calculate fares for their destinations and plan accordingly. The fare calculator can only calculate fares for foot-passengers, and can not calculate fares for vehicles.

BC Ferries’ fares are non-refundable after the journey. Any problems in the billing of the ticket should be in for a solution by the customer before starting the journey. BC Ferries holds the right to change fares for any route without providing any notice.

British Columbia Ferry Services has the following fare-type definitions of passenger age groups:

  • Adults and seniors (12 years+)
  • Children (5 to 11 years)
  • Infants (Below 5 years)
  • British Columbia persons with disability
  • British Columbia senior citizens (Age 65+)

The ferry fares of BC ferries are:

Adults (12 years or older) 17.20
Children (5 to 11 years) 8.60
Infants (Under 5 years) FREE
Adult Groups (10 or more) 14.70
Children Groups (10 or more) 7.35
Adults (School Event) 8.60
Children (School Event) 4.30
Disabled Adults (12 years or older) 8.60
Senior Citizens FREE

Some of the routes of British Columbian Ferries are bookable online while some of them are infrequent and allow walk-in tickets only. However, one-way trips for open routes charge reservation fees depending on how many numbers of days are left before the booking. If 7 or more days are remaining before the tentative date of departure, the reservation fee is 10$, and if less than 7 days are left in the departure, the fee is 17$.

How to Cancel British Columbian Ferry Reservation?

British Columbia Ferry Services

British Columbian Ferry Services has strict policies and rules regarding the cancellation and changes of reservations and tickets. The policies and rules of cancellations depend on the type of ticket and reservation of the customer. In general, customers pay a non-refundable reservation fee while making online reservations and pay the remaining ticket balance at the time of departure.

  1. Standard with Reservation

To cancel a standard reservation, customers have to cancel either via customer service helpline or at the ferry terminal 30 minutes before the departure time. If a customer does not cancel their reservation on time or does not show up for it at the ferry terminal, the customer will have to pay 25$ for failing to claim the reservation.

In this type of booking the reservation fee is non-refundable. However, a better option available for the customers is to change the booking to another day and time, rather than canceling it and paying 25$.

  1. Standard Fully Prepaid – Southern Gulf Island Routes

In this type of booking, customers can receive a full refund of their money if they follow BC Ferries’ cancellation policies. According to BC Ferries, passengers can receive a full refund of this booking if they cancel with a notice of more than 7 days before departure. However, customers who cancel their bookings in less than 7 days of departure date will receive a refund minus the non-refundable cancellation fee (25$ for ferries departing from Tsawwassen and 15$ for ferries departing from Southern Gulf Islands).

  1. Standard Fully Prepaid – Northern Routes

In this time of booking, customers can cancel their reservations at any time. However, they will receive a refund of their money after deduction of the non-refundable cancellation fee.

If a customer cancels a booking on the following routes within 30 days before the departure date, a deduction of 60$ non-refundable fee is applicable:

  • Port Hardy (Bear Cove) – Bella Coola
  • Port Hardy (Bear Cove) – Prince Rupert with stops in the middle on some coasts

If a customer cancels a booking on the following route within 30 days before the departure date, a deduction of 30$ non-refundable fee is applicable:

  • Prince Rupert – Haida Gwaii

British Columbian Ferries Booking Status

British Columbian Ferries

British Columbian (BC) Ferry Services website allows its valuable customers to plan their sailings ahead of time without any schedule conflicts. Customers can check the booking status of different ferry routes on the BC Ferries website and the BC Ferries mobile app.

To check the booking status of all routes, BC Ferries contains the following departure and arrival terminals on its list:

· Vancouver (Tsawwassen) · Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)
· Victoria (Swartz Bay) · Nanaimo (Departure Bay)
· Nanaimo (Duke Point) · Sunshine Coast (Langdale)

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