Ferry fares normally change on April 1 each year. The fares shown in the yellow columns are the anticipated fares chargeable from April 1, 2018 following the 15% fare reduction approved by government. (These may be subject to minor changes caused by rounding to the nearest 5 cents)
A 2.9% fuel rebate continues to apply until further notice, Fares shown in red are the actual fares payable after the 2.9% rebate has been applied. The rebate does not apply to fares paid through the BC Resident Assistance Program.
All fares in this table are ROUND TRIP fares, payable on the Nanaimo side.
Experience Cards are available from the Nanaimo Harbour terminal and require a minimum top-up value to be applied once the balance on the card falls below the amount required for a round-trip fare. Experience Cards issued for Vehicle and Passenger fares require a minimum top-up of $95. Cards issued for Passenger-only fares require a minimum top-up of $55. These amounts have been reduced by 15% to accord with the general reduction in fares
Who sets the fares?
Fares on BC’s Coastal Ferries are regulated by the BC Ferry Commissioner, who sets an annual “price cap” – a limit on the percentage increase that may be applied to the average fare charged by BC Ferries. The average is calculated by reference to a ‘basket’ of fares from across the ferry system. The “price cap” is the level of fare increase that the Ferry Commissioner considers will be necessary to fund the gap between BC Ferries’ costs of operation and the amount of financial support being made available by government.
Fares on other ferry routes
Fares on other routes operated by BC Ferries can be found here.
Ferry fares for other ferry operators are available from the following links: