BC Ferries route 17 Comox - Powell River
|Route 17: Comox - Powell River|
|Type of Route||Minor|
|Vessel based out of Little River||Salish Orca|
|Relief / refit||Salish Eagle|
|Sailing takes||90 minutes|
|First and last sailing out of Little River||6:15 am & 7:10 pm|
|First and last sailing out of Westview||8:05 am & 8:45 pm|
Route 17 is a ferry runs that is under contract from Province of British Columbia to BC Ferries. This is minor route in BC Ferries route network which receives subsidy from Province of British Columbia.
This route crosses the Salish Sea between Powell River and Comox.
Points of Interest
- Westview lookout point
- Little River
Number of sailings
4 round trips are provided year round.
How to determine the vessel for the sailing?
In morning & afternoon/evening sailing occurs 160 minutes apart with 500 minutes break in between second and third sailing from Little River. From the Powell River side morning & afternoon/evening frequency between sailing is 130 minutes with 500 minutes between second and third sailing.
In 1964 Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries started this route with a 30 vehicles and 252 passengers vessel named the Comox Queen. In 1969 in order to keep up with demand of the route in summer months Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries leased the Queen of the Islands from BC Ferries which carried 40 vehicles and 468 passengers per sailing. In order to keep up demand year around the Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries decided to the purchased Sechelt Queen, from BC Ferries which at this point could 80 vehicles and 670 passengers per sailing which lasted 6 years on route. In 1982 another vessel was brought by Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries for route which was Princess of Vancouver which carried 150 vehicles and 985 passengers per sailing. In 1985 this route was taken over by BC Ferries. 138 vehicles and 938 passengers per sailing, Queen of Sidney was placed on route fro. 1986 to 2000. 192 vehicles and 904 passengers per sailing, Queen of Burnaby was placed on route for the 16 years from 2000 to 2016. In 2016 a 138 vehicle and 600 passengers vessel named Salish Orca took over the route.
Reintroduced of stop at Texada Island on select sailing on certain days.