March 31 marked the last day of BC Ferries’ reporting year and – surprise, surprise – ferry traffic to Gabriola is down once more, though not by very much.
Data released this week by BC Ferries shows vehicle traffic down by 0.36% from 348,723 to 347,478. Passenger traffic fell too, by 0.73% – from 777,495 to 771,783. That’s a much healthier picture than a year ago, when traffic had plummeted 4% compared to the year before. During 2012, traffic on Route 19 actually increased in some months.
So how does this compare with other ferries along the coast? Take a look at the year-on-year change in traffic volumes in the table below: