BC Ferries Quinitsa

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The Quinitsa class contains a single vessel owned and operated by BC Ferries. It was built in 1977 by Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

Designed for short commuter trips, Quinitsa has relatively few passenger amenities. It has one vehicle deck, with small passenger lounges on either side of the vehicle deck. The bridge is suspended over the vehicle deck.


Built 1977, Vancouver
Home base Various
Route(s) served Various

Quinitsa is the only vessel in the Quinitsa class.[1]

The 50-car Quinitsa was originally built for the Nanaimo Harbour - Gabriola Island route, as demand had grown past the capacity of the 30-car Kahloke. Demand continued to grow, and Quinitsa also became under capacity; it was replaced in 1982 by the newly built Quinsam. After its replacement, Quinsam was loaned to BC Ferries and operated on a number of routes, including routes 4 (Swartz Bay - Fulford Harbour), 8 (Horseshoe Bay - Snug Harbour), and as a summer vessel on route 5 (Swartz Bay - Southern Gulf Islands).[2]

After returning from BC Ferries in late 1983, Quinitsa was assigned to the Buckley Bay - Denman Island route, again replacing Kahloke. Quinitsa returned to the BC Ferries fleet in 1985 when all Ministry of Transportation saltwater operations were transferred to BC Ferries, but continued operating on route 21 (Buckley Bay - Denman Island). In 2008, Quinitsa went through a midlife refit, receiving refurbished passenger accommodations, new engines, and an upgraded bridge. Quinitsa was replaced on route 21 in January 2016 by the cable ferry Baynes Sound Connector. This shifted Quinitsa to spare vessel duty, replacing the retiring Tenaka.

Engines Max speed Length Displacement Vehicle capacity Passenger capacity
1,899 hp 9.75 knots 77.59 m 1,099 tonnes 44 autos 300


  1. Quinitsa, BC Ferries, retrieved 01-22-2017.
  2. M.V. Quinitsa, www.westcoastferries.ca, retrieved 01-22-2017.