Restoring lost service on the Gabriola-Nanaimo ferry route

BC Ferries is restoring some of the service that was lost on minor routes during the cuts in 2014.  On the Gabriola-Nanaimo route that will include restoration of all of the mid-afternoon weekend sailings – year-round.  It will also include restoration of a single additional round-trip per day: either option 1 or option 2 below: (The proposed schedules are shown below that.)

Option 1 will bring back the early morning sailing on weekdays, leaving Gabriola at 5:25 am and Nanaimo at 5:55 am (shown in red on the timetable below).  That 5:25 am departure should allow Gabriolans to make it to Departure Bay in time for the 6:15 am sailing to Vancouver.  With that option most of the rest of the sailing times will be the same as what we have now.

Option 2 is to restore the mid-evening sailings on weekdays. This involves some juggling of the schedule starting in the middle of the afternoon (although the 3:45, 5:00 and 6:10 pm sailings from Nanaimo would not change).  It also means that the last sailing of the day on weekdays would be 11:30 pm from Nanaimo (compared with 11:00 pm now).  The weekends would stay very close to what we have now.

We urge you to consider not just your personal preference but also what you believe is in the best interests of the whole community. Don't forget that we are going to be getting 2 new ferries on this route within about 3 years, and that the schedule will change again at that time.

This survey will close on March 27th.

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Note that with either option we will also get all of our mid-afternoon weekend sailings restored.

Note that with either option we will also get all of our mid-afternoon weekend sailings restored.

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* 1. Please indicate which option you prefer.

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* 2. Feel free to add any comments or to explain your choice.

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