Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Boat or Ferry and Pier
11300 Patricia Bay Hwy, Sidney BC V8L 3S8, Canada
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The ferry terminal at Swartz Bay is located 20 miles/32 kms north of Victoria at the end of Highway 17. Total estimated driving time from Victoria: 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions. The terminal is well served by BC Transit bus service as well.

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    Chris B.
    "... allow Vancouver & Gulf Islands and are a lot shorter..."(3 Tips)
    Jenny L.
    "Just bought a BC Ferries Experience card"(3 Tips)
    Stephen A.
    "But if it's close to sailing time, you have to use the ticket booth"(2 Tips)
    Kayodé W.
    "... forget to use your BC Ferries Experience Card; you get a 30% discount"(2 Tips)
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  • Dee G.

    You know, here the ferries are and stuff.

    Dee Gray · September 6
  • Maya C.

    Free Wi-Fi and friendly customer service.

    Maya Conn · July 6
  • Rick C.

    BC Ferries are great!

    Rick Chadwick · June 19
  • MisterEastlake

    They have a pay phone that takes coins or credit card. It even has a yellow pages phonebook!

    MisterEastlake · February 19
  • Ilona B.

    If you have a reservation, make sure to check in at least 30 minutes prior to sailing time or you will lose your reservation.

    Ilona Bicker · September 12, 2014
  • Tim A.

    Tip: the food options at this terminal are not great. Stop in Sidney on your way to the terminal and pick something up.

    Tim Ayres · August 9, 2014
  • Ruby G.

    Bring your bike on the ferry via the bus (or bike the Lochside Trail)! $2 fee. Buy your ticket in foot passenger area then walk to deck 2. First on, first off the ferry.

    Ruby Galanida · June 2, 2014
  • Dave D.

    This terminal has little in the way of food selection.

    Dave Davies · August 31, 2013
  • Lee-Anne D.

    Great night for sailing!

    Lee-Anne Dixon · August 20, 2013
  • Ivan C.

    Don't take the leftmost lane when checking in - it only gets one booth, while the other lane gets three...

    Ivan Chevelev · August 19, 2013
  • Shawna Y.

    Once you're on the boat, make a quick beeline for the cafeteria if you want food. The line builds fast!

    Shawna Yanke · July 7, 2013
  • Mark W.

    Nuthin but sunshine with the sunshine breakfast

    Mark Wyatt · June 21, 2013
  • Miguel L.

    If you're going to Victoria make sure you take the express bus in the ferry

    Miguel Llamas · June 21, 2013
  • Nichole B.

    Wonderful ferry ride!

    Nichole Baumgardner · June 15, 2013
  • Chris B.

    The lanes on the right usually allow Vancouver & Gulf Islands and are a lot shorter...

    Chris B · June 5, 2013
  • Elizabeth L.

    No bar *sobs*

    Elizabeth Lopez · April 13, 2013
  • British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peace Arch

    You made it! Start heading douth down Hwy 17 enroute to Victoria.

  • Richard L.

    They have free wifi! What are you waiting for? Log in!

    Richard Loat · February 10, 2013
  • Terry W.

    The Lands End Cafe is basically a gas station convenience store with ridiculous prices.

    Terry Woo · December 27, 2012
  • Robin W.

    Travel a lot between islands? Load up an Experience card and save at least $16 every trip (undersize vehicle & 1 pass.) . No savings between Swartz Bay & Tsawassen though.

    Robin W · November 5, 2012
  • Zach M.

    They don't accept Debit! Cash and Credit only!

    Zach Manntai · November 2, 2012
  • Alyx G.

    Although I've only lost once, the race to the ferry to make your reservation should get you there MORE than 30min before hand.

    Alyx Gilgunn · September 14, 2012
  • Adam Q.

    Skip the ferry and instead shop at local artisan kiosks!

    Adam Quiney · September 1, 2012
  • glenn l.

    kinda fun watching the skipper dock this huge beast...

    glenn letham · August 28, 2012
  • Wei H.

    Make a reservation if you are going to Vancouver on a Sunday night.

    Wei Hu · August 20, 2012
  • Josh

    I think you sail through American waters, so your phone might shoot you a roaming message.

    Josh · August 6, 2012
  • David B.

    put a pinch of sage in your boots, and all day long a spicy scent is your reward.

    David Brunsdon · June 9, 2012
  • Stephen B.

    Sea West Lounge on the Ferry worth the $12 charge for comfy seats, newspapers, and snacks. No screaming children

    Stephen Bonner · June 5, 2012
  • Cathy

    If you miss your boat, you will get busted by choosing your own lane. Just ask the guy who is now having to swim to YVR this evening. Avoid doing that. It's a long cold swim.

    Cathy · May 28, 2012
  • Anthony M.

    Also ShawOpen free wifi for Shaw Internet subscribers.

    Anthony Maw · May 27, 2012
  • Dottie W.

    There is also Shaw Exo WiFi available here! If you have a @shaw email address you can log in! It's seamless for all the other exo WiFi spots

    Dottie W · May 26, 2012
  • ITT Wilsons T.

    If you visit the Gulf Islands frequently buy a discount card at toll booth. Load card with Min$95 and save almost $14 per trip- SSI too

    ITT Wilsons Tours · April 6, 2012
  • Eugen K.

    Pass the time by connecting to the BC Ferries free WiFi! @kleingroup www.kleingroup.com

    Eugen Klein · April 4, 2012
  • Davin G.

    I recommend getting on a ferry. Check it out!

    Davin Greenwell · February 25, 2012
  • Robin W.

    Whatever u do... Don't waste your time walking to the Stonehouse Pub, which u know u want to... Cuz it's closed down! Instead... Bring ur own beer and chill in ur car like a boss.

    Robin W · February 11, 2012
  • glenn l.

    Sit outside on the ferry with your camera, the views are spectacular @yyjpics

    glenn letham · January 28, 2012
  • chris h.

    Wow crazy windy ride. We're last ferry for the day all others suspended

    chris holt · January 23, 2012
  • Terry O.

    Brilliant how BC Ferries can charge us more $$ for reservations because the lineups were so long due to the fact that they could not provide decent service during peak times.

    Terry Osti · January 17, 2012
  • Anthony S.

    Dog run area is just beside the loading dock. Crap bags provided too.

    Anthony Sanna · December 20, 2011
  • Daniel B.

    Getting too expensive either way to get off the rock

    Daniel Bertrand · November 3, 2011
  • Salt Spring Air P.

    You could always fly.

    Salt Spring Air Philip · October 29, 2011
  • Danielle L.

    Free wifi while you wait

    Danielle Libonati · October 26, 2011
  • Mark Y.

    Note that self-serve kiosks are for WALK-ON PASSENGERS ONLY. If you're driving on, you can pay be cash or credit, no debit.

    Mark Yager · October 16, 2011
  • David S.

    Stay away from the Jewelry lady in the tent by the cafe, she's a cow. I took a picture of some of her wares because I thought they were cool and she yelled at me to delete it due to privacy laws. Um?

    David Skidmore · October 7, 2011
  • Connie D.

    There are no PCL buses on the even-hour ferries. Option is to take the 620 bus to Bridgeport Station in Vancouver and pick up the Canada Line from there.

    Connie Dunwoody · October 7, 2011
  • Josh B.

    Don't forget to grab a couple of bags of Kettle Corn ... Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good;)

    Josh Bath · September 11, 2011
  • Lance G.

    The pet area smells of poo. You're brilliant. Any other tips, like you have to pay to ride the ferry?

    Lance Glenn · September 1, 2011
  • Dilara

    Best to make reservations (only $17) & arrive at least 30 mins prior to departure to avoid sailing waits.

    Dilara · August 21, 2011
  • Dilara

    Free wifi FTW!

    Dilara · August 21, 2011
  • Teresa R.

    Reserve your spot on the ferry for only $15

    Teresa R · August 21, 2011

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