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Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

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The Swartz Bay Terminal presents a wonderful opportunity for paddlers to walk on via the Tsawwassen Terminal then launch from here for explorations of the Gulf Islands or the length of the Salish Sea Marine Trail back to Vancouver. It is also presents a way to walk on here to launch at a multitude of Gulf Islands destinations to start a paddling trip at a more distant location than otherwise possible without taking a car.The Swartz Bay Terminal presents a wonderful opportunity for paddlers to walk on via the Tsawwassen Terminal then launch from here for explorations of the Gulf Islands or the length of the Salish Sea Marine Trail back to Vancouver. It is also presents a way to walk on here to launch at a multitude of Gulf Islands destinations to start a paddling trip at a more distant location than otherwise possible without taking a car.

Terminal access:

Personnel can be contacted via the intercom at the blue man gate near the staff vehicle gate exit on the southeast corner of the terminal near Dolphin Road. The gate can be unlocked remotely by office personnel. Take care navigating the 90-degree turn and curbs. From here you can purchase a ticket at the administration office (the pink dot on the map). The following has been provided by BC Ferries as the protocol for accessing the terminal with a walk-on kayak:

  • Group proceeds to the small pedestrian gate in the visitor parking lot.
  • The intercom is used to identify that there is a group wishing to travel.
  • One person is allowed to access into the terminal and then proceeds to the General Office to purchase all tickets for group.
  • Once the tickets are purchased for the group they will be provided access into the terminal and then allowed to proceed down to the assigned berth.

Terminal egress:

Notify staff at the administration office near the vehicle exit gate so they can buzz you through the gate remotely.

Associated launch site:

 Swartz Bay Public Wharf.

Logistics:

Ferry fees: Same as foot passengers with bicycles ($2 each way, 2017 prices). Show your boarding pass at the vessel ramp entrance.

Parking: Long-term parking is available at the terminal off Lands End Road.

Distances: From nearest long-term parking to kayak drop-off: Potentially 750m. From beach to dock: 700m. From kayak drop-off to ferry deck: 400m.

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