BC Ferries route 6 Crofton - Vesuvius

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Route 6: Crofton - Vesuvius
Type of Route Minor
Terminals Crofton
Vesuvius Bay
Vessel based out of Vesuvius Bay Bowen Queen (Spring and Peak Season)
Quinitsa (Fall, Off Peak)
Refit replacement None
Sailing takes 20 minutes
First and last sailing from Vesuvius Bay 6:00 am*
9:00 am*
First and last sailing from Crofton 6:30 am*
10:00 pm*

Route 6 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 connect Salt Spring Island and Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

Points of Interest

  • Vesuvius Bay
  • Crofton

Number of sailing & sailing that don't occur on Monday

  • 13 sailing a day excluding Mondays and Certain Sunday
  • 12 sailing a day on Monday and certain Sundays.

How to determine the vessel for the sailing?

Service is provide every 65 to 75 minutes frequency.

History of route

In 1955 the Gulf Island Ferry Company started the route with George S Pearson. In 1961 BC Ferries brought the out Gulf Island Ferry Company to help bring government run service to the Southern Gulf Island. In 1966 Vesuvius Queen which 25 years to 1992. In order to expand the capacity of route with Howe Sound Queen which lasted June 4, 2019. On June 4, 2019 with the retirement of [[Howe Sound Queen, BC Ferries moved the Quinitsa on permeant basis which lasted a year due capacity issue of route BC Ferries moved the Bowen Queen to route in summer months of 2020 and 2021.

Future of route

In 2022 BC Ferries will move Quinsam from permeant route to this route on permeant basis with no other vessel during the summer season.