Fast ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver slated to start next summer

A company planning a fast ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver says the voyage will begin next summer.

The new Vancouver Island Ferries organized a launch event in Port Nanaimo on Wednesday, November 9th.

According to a release from the company, the pedestrian passenger ferry service is scheduled to begin in summer 2023, with terminals at the cruise ship terminal in the Port of Nanaimo and the Port of Vancouver Flight Centre in downtown Vancouver.

The two high-speed catamarans built by the Dutch Damen Group will each carry more than 350 passengers. The sailing schedule, fares and other details will be announced at a later date, but the company’s chief executive, Alastair Kadick, said the sailing would be early enough for commuters, such as returning after a sporting event or concert. Family.

“Islanders and mainlanders have been looking for a modern, fast and cost-effective way to travel between the island and Vancouver,” Cardik said in the release. “We are delighted to be able to provide essential transportation services to the area and are committed to for its long-term success.”

More than a year ago, the Port of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw First Nation and Conqora Capital Partners announced a long-term lease agreement. Since then, Nanaimo-based Vancouver Island Ferries has been established, and its website, http://vifc.comOnline now.

“Creating the Vancouver Island Ferry Company in the Snuneymuxw area provides amazing jobs, diversifies the economy, and ultimately brings people to play and live in this beautiful community,” said Snuneymuxw Coun. Acting head Bill Yoachim at the launch.

Nanaimo Port Authority President Donna Hayes said in a press release that the walk-through passenger ferry company will have many positive economic impacts for the region.

“Look at the tourism industry, the opportunity is extraordinary,” she said. “It’s incredible to have people in Vancouver come here for a day, a weekend or more and see what a great community we have and really bring the world here in a new way that’s modern and reliable.”

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