COUNT YOURSELF ON BOARD. WE KNOW YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.
Numbers speak louder than words. We hope to help turn things around by gathering detailed data about what you think of BC Ferries and what might help to make it better. Take the surveys and have your say.
We have to start somewhere so we are starting below with the Sunshine Coast area.
Other specific areas will be coming soon.
Costs of ferry travel for coastal residents should be more in line with the funding of roads and highways. This is our highway route to the Sunshine Coast and the money that is not spent shoveling snow and filling pot holes should offset a larger portion of the ticket price we pay. Last time I traveled to Whistler I did not have to shell out for a ticket to do so. It feels somewhat discriminatory really. Residents that commute to Vancouver for work should not be regarded as profit centres and at the very least should be offered free reservation ability when they currently have no seniority in the line up during summer tourism volume. These people are BC Ferries bread and butter yet they do not benefit from seasonal tourism package deals that are so eagerly being promoted. In the private sector disregarding a loyal customer base like that is just bad business not to mention rather arrogant.
Based on last year’s municipal elections the Sunshine Coast saw economic stimulus issues rise to the forefront. We have some unique issues here. Where is the support from the Provincial Government for our economic stimulus plan? A foot passenger ferry to downtown Vancouver could be a key component to drive (excuse the pun) the benefits of such a plan. Yes it would certainly benefit residents in business, necessity, and recreational travel to Vancouver but it would open up the potential for more people to easily visit here. More people to come for the weekend or a holiday that would shop and dine and enjoy themselves and the experience. More people who might also move here and keep their current job in Vancouver if commuting was more feasible. This is a necessity for our community on so many levels. This can be made a reality if we all stand together and speak up. Fill out the surveys on this website and stand counted and we just might get somewhere.
Stephanie Clarke, Gibsons
I am writing to add my name to the growing list of individuals who live on the Sunshine Coast and wish to make their voices heard that yes, we need a passenger-only Ferry Service. If we really want it to, this could happen.
A passenger only ferry service to Vancouver would be far more economical to operate by not requiring fuel to move hundreds of tons of vehicles/trucks, also would eliminate the wait times involved because of vehicle/truck loading and offloading time involved, saving the union workers man-hours involved as well as huge overtime paid out. This would result in lower fares, which would increase passenger volumes and improve frequency of service, which would be beneficial to all Sunshine Coast residents.
Joanne E. Hudder, Gibsons (from Coast Reporter)
Two ferries running from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale nearly hourly, with a final sailing that departed Horseshoe Bay at 11pm. This was back in 1973 that is when I was a teenage lifeguard on Gambier Island, traveling back and forth to the coast the odd time. Since then the ferry service has degraded, not improved, and the coast is worse for it.
Andy Amanovich, Gibsons (from Coast Reporter)