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BC Ferries Walk-on, Paddle-off program

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As part of the Salish Sea Marine Trail project, the BC Marine Trails Network worked with BC Ferries to identify and set protocols for paddlers to walk or wheel their craft onto BC Ferries on select routes, then walk off to launch at a strategic nearby beach.

The intention is to allow paddlers to leave the car at home to reduce travel costs, emissions, and to avoid vehicle lineups during peak travel periods.

This possibility exists only at certain terminals, which are located on the main Salish Sea Marine Trail home map as well as by individual terminal descriptions indicated below. 

Routes possible are from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island or Nanaimo; Tsawwassen to Galiano Salt Spring (Long Harbour) or Victoria (Swartz Bay); or Swartz Bay to Salt Spring Island (Fulford Harbour) or Galiano (Sturdies Bay). 

The following video shows a walk-on, walk-off paddling trip in action. It was filmed in time-lapse mode by Bill Mart between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay with a paddle to the Salish Sea Marine Trail's grand opening in September, 2017.

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