BC Ferries route 9 Southern Gulf Islands - Tsawwassen

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Route 9: Southern Gulf Islands - Tsawwassen
Route 9a: Tsawwassen - Southern Gulf Islands

Type of Route Minor
Terminals Tsawwassen
Long Habrour
Otter Bay
Village Bay
Sturdies Bay
Vessel based out of Long Harbour on route 9 Salish Raven
Vessel based out of Tsawwassen on route 9a / relief on route 9 Salish Eagle
Sailing takes Varies
First and last sailing from Southern Gulf Island Can very based on day and season check the schedule
First and last sailing from Tsawwassen Can very based on day and season check the schedule

Route 5 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 vessels depart and arrive through the channel between Pier Island, Knapp Island and Portland Island to Salish. The vessels service Long Habrour Salt Spring Island, Otter Bay Pender Islands, Village Bay Mayne Island, Sturdies Bay Galiano Island. Some sailing on these routes require transfer at certain Islands to reach the island that you where going too.

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 Interest

  • Swartz Bay
  • Southern Gulf Island
  • Active Pass

Number of sailings

  • 2 sailing on Monday to Thursday & Saturday with all stops between Thanksgiving weekend to Easter weekend
  • 3 sailing on Friday to Monday, 2 sailing to all stops plus one direct sailing each direction to Long Harbour between Thanksgiving weekend to Easter weekend
  • 4 sailing on Friday, Sundays and holidays from Easter Weekend to June 30 then again September 7 to October 13.


BC Ferries started service on this route in 1963 with purpose built Queen of the Islands which carried 40 vehicles and 483 passengers per sailing, but she was found to small for route in summers after 1969. In 1968 Sechelt Queen which could car 100 - 80 vehicles and 1000 passengers per sailing during the summer months. Up until 1977 Queen of the Islands and Sechelt Queen where operating there seasonal service on the route. 1977 this arrangement came to a close with Queen of Sidney which carried 138 vehicles and 938 passengers per sailing in all season. In 1986 with Expo happening in Vancouver BC Ferries put the Queen of Nanaimo which carried 192 vehicles and 1,004 passengers per sailing in summer. BC Ferries found that Queen of Nanaimo worked well on route year around. BC Ferries saw the route needed an extra vessel on route in 1997 decide re-certification Bowen Queen to Near Coastal 2 certification with Transport Canada. The Bowen Queen could 70 vehicles and 400 passengers per sailing. In 2016 with Salish Class entering service on Southern Gulf Island to Tsawwassen, the Salish Eagle and Queen of Nanaimo where paired on the route. With the unplanned retirement of Queen of Nanaimo on August 3, 2016 Salish Raven beginning her life. With two Salish Class vessels on route the schedule was redesigned for being of summer season in 2016 which massive increase service for the route 9a vessel. Salish Class carries 138 vehicles and 600 passengers per sailing.

Future of route

No known plan as now.