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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:

Make contact with office personnel 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. Once inside, you can purchase a ticket at the administration office (the pink dot on the map). This saves a lengthy walk to the main ticket booth. Once ticketed, wheel the boat following pedestrian markings to the bicycle loading area at the foot of correct loading bay.

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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