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BC Ferries route 23 Campbell River - Quadra Island

Route 23: Campbell River - Quadra Island
Type of Route Minor
Terminals Quathiaski Cove
Campbell River
Vessel based out of Quathiaski Cove Powell River Queen
Refit replacement Bowen Queen
Sailing takes 10 minutes
First and last sailing from Quathiaski Cove 6:15 am *
10:00 pm **
11:00 pm ***
*year round
**Sunday to Thursday year round
***Friday and Saturday year round
First and last sailing from Campbell River 6:40 am *
10:30 pm **
11:30 pm ***
*Year round
**Sunday to Thursday year round
***Friday and Saturday year round

Route 23 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

This route sails through the discovery passage which requires vessels with high horse power. This route connects Campbell River and Quadra Island.

Points of Interests

  • Campbell River Waterfront
  • Quathiaski Cove

Number of sailing

  • 17 sailing Monday through Thursday
  • 18 sailing Friday through Saturday
  • 16 sailing Sundays

How to determine the vessel for the sailing?

The ship usually leaves from Quathiaski Cove on hour except for 6:15 am, 7:05 am and 5:50 pm. The ship usually from Campbell River half past the hour excluding 6:40 am, 5:25 pm and 6:15 pm.


Car service to island started in 1960 with Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries Quadra Queen which could 16 vehicles and 133 passengers per sailing she proved to small for route after nine years. In 1969 Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries built the Quadra Queen II which could handle 30 vehicles and 150 passengers per sailing which lasted until 1991. Starting in 1979 in order to keep up with summer months demand of route Ministry of Transportation Salt Water Ferries Tachek which was sister ship to Quadra Queen II. In 1985 this route was taken over by BC Ferries. In 1988 BC Ferries put North Island Princess in winter and was Mayne Queen. BC Ferries knew they need bigger but a vessel that could handle discovery passage safely on route. In 1988 BC Ferries tried Quinsam she couldn’t handle the discovery passage. In 1991 BC Ferries tested Queen of Capilano for her hull design for proposed brand new class to be named Century Class which never panned out. In 1991 to keep up with demand on route BC Ferries put Powell River Queen on the route.

Future of Route

BC Ferries will bring back two boat service year around on route in early 2022 with Island Nagalis and Island K’ulut’a, the new schedule will be released sometime in September 2021. [1]