BC Ferries route 4 Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour

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Route 4: Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour
Type of Route Minor
Terminals Swartz Bay
Fulford Harbour
Vessel based out of Fulford Harbour Skeena Queen
Refit replacement Queen of Cumberland
Sailing takes 35 minutes
First and last sailing from Fulford Harbour 6:15 am
7:50 pm**
* Daily excluding December 25 and January 1
** Year round
First and last sailing from Swartz Bay 7:00 am***
9:00 am****
9:00 pm*****
*** Daily from March 31 to October 9, Daily excluding Sundays, December 25 and January 1 from October 10 to March 30
**** Sundays only, December 25 and January 1 from October 10 to March 30
***** Year round

Route 4 is a ferry runs that is under contract and receives subsidy from Province of British Columbia to BC Ferries. This is minor route in BC Ferries route network.

Route details

The vessel on this route are double ender ferry. When the vessel leaves and arrives Fulford Harbour it has 180 degree turn to sail to Swartz Bay or docks at Fulford Harbour.

BC Ferries has through fare program that allows customers to reach the Southern Gulf Island to or from Tsawwassen via Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay which only requires one fare paid for both routes.

Points of Interests

  • Swartz Bay
  • Fulford Harbour

Number of sailings & the sailing that doesn’t happen on Sunday

  • 6 sailing on Sundays from October 10 to March 30, December 25 and January 1.
  • 8 sailing on the rest of week from October 10 to March 30 and daily from March 31 to October 9.
  • 7:00 am sailing from Swartz Bay does not happen on Sundays from October 10 to March 30, December 25 and January 1.
  • 7:50 am from Fulford Harbour does not happen on Sundays from October 10 to March 30, December 25 and January 1.

How to determine the vessel for the sailing?

The 6:15 am or 50 minutes past the hour on even number the ferry leaves Fulford Harbour. On the odd number hours the vessel leaves Swartz Bay.

History

This route was started in 1923 with Canadian Pacific Motor Princess with irregular service to Southern Gulf Island. In 1930 regular service to Gulf Island with Gulf Island Ferry Company from Swartz Bay. In 1953 Cy Peck began service on Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour with Gulf Island Ferry Company which where combined at time. In 1959 Delta Princess was brought by Gulf Island Ferry Company while she was put to work on Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour. In 1961 Gulf Island Ferry Company was brought buy British Columbia Government and transferred assets to BC Ferries. In 1971 the Bowen Queen was transferred as a part time vessel on the route which came from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove. Bowen Queen in 1974 was made full time vessel on the route. To help increase capacity on the route Bowen Queen was lengthen in 1979. The route was become more busy as years went on but in 1997 a new vessel was built which was named the, Skeena Queen which become the year round vessel on the route only leaving for maintenance or refit. In 2019 the Queen of Cumberland was made the temporary vessel replacement on the route.

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