Ferry Fares to Gabriola Island

Ferry fares are normally reviewed in April each year.  The fares shown in the yellow columns may be subject to a fuel surcharge (or rebate) which will be applied at the ticket booth. 

All fares in this table are ROUND TRIP fares, payable on the Nanaimo side.

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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 $120 from 1 April 2024.  Cards issued for Passenger-only fares require a minimum top-up of $50.

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 “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, based on fuel costs remaining at predicted levels.

If fuel prices rise above the predicted levels for a significant period, the Ferry Commissioner will authorise a Fuel Surcharge to be levied on all ferry fares to help recover the shortfall. If fuel prices fall below predicted levels, a Fuel Rebate may be applied to ferry fares to share the cost savings with ferry users.

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:

Protection Island Ferry

Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) Ferry

Hullo Passenger Ferry to Vancouver

Washington State Ferries

Black Ball Ferries (MV Coho)

Victoria Clipper