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Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Boat or Ferry and Pier
  • ITT Wilsons T.
    "Gulf Islands frequently buy a discount card at toll booth."(3 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "lengthy ferry wait"(2 Tips)
    Kayodé W.
    "... forget to use your BC Ferries Experience Card; you get a 30% discount"(2 Tips)
    Terry W.
    "Lands End Cafe is basically a gas station convenience store"(2 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • ferries
  • gulf islands
  • free Wifi
  • sailing
  • bus
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  • Ruby 🚲 G.
    Ruby 🚲 GalanidaJune 2, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Salt Spring Air P.
    Salt Spring Air PhilipMay 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you miss the ferry or want to avoid the wait next time fly from pat bay (5 mins from here) goes straight to Vancouver from $99pp free parking 1888-537-9880
  • Bradford
    BradfordDecember 17, 2010
    If catching the ferry to or from Victoria, travel in style (and quiet) use the seawest lounge on your Bc ferry. Only 12 dollars you get a paper, coffee, snacks and wifi. Totally worth it!
  • Cathy
    CathyMay 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • H K.
    H KSeptember 5, 2016
    Takes an hour to Victoria. Also make sure to get here 30 min before the ferry departs so you have time to buy your ticket.
  • ITT Wilsons T.
    ITT Wilsons ToursApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Salt Spring Air P.
    Salt Spring Air PhilipDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you miss the ferry, call SaltSpring Air to come and get you, 40 mins to down town Vancouver, or drive to pat bay, N Sannich and get on the schedule flight. 250-537-9880
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BonnerJune 5, 2012
    Sea West Lounge on the Ferry worth the $12 charge for comfy seats, newspapers, and snacks. No screaming children
  • Terry O.
    Terry OstiJanuary 17, 2012
    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.
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AkinsJune 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are going on a Gulf Island Ferry, you can take the side stairs/elevator just before the ticket booth; and walk across the lot below. Its faster and you won't get caught in the foot traffic com
  • Robin W.
    Robin WNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Alyx G.
    Alyx GilgunnSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Although I've only lost once, the race to the ferry to make your reservation should get you there MORE than 30min before hand.
  • Dilara 🐰
    Dilara 🐰August 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best to make reservations (only $17) & arrive at least 30 mins prior to departure to avoid sailing waits.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BJune 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The lanes on the right usually allow Vancouver & Gulf Islands and are a lot shorter...
  • Shawna Y.
    Shawna YankeJuly 7, 2013
    Once you're on the boat, make a quick beeline for the cafeteria if you want food. The line builds fast!
  • glenn l.
    glenn lethamJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit outside on the ferry with your camera, the views are spectacular @yyjpics
  • Robin W.
    Robin WFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Mark Y.
    Mark YagerOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Lance G.
    Lance GlennSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The pet area smells of poo. You're brilliant. Any other tips, like you have to pay to ride the ferry?
  • Michael B.
    Michael BNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have a lengthy ferry wait you CAN leave your car and stroll to the nearby Stonehouse Pub for a pint!
  • Dottie W.
    Dottie WMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AkinsAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you use the self serve ticket kiosks you can get through much faster. But if it's close to sailing time, you have to use the ticket booth
  • Tim A.
    Tim AyresAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tip: the food options at this terminal are not great. Stop in Sidney on your way to the terminal and pick something up.
  • Josh
    JoshAugust 6, 2012
    I think you sail through American waters, so your phone might shoot you a roaming message.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SpeedFebruary 24
    Been here 10+ times
    great place to throw a frisbee while you wait for the ferry
  • Connie D.
    Connie DunwoodyOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • glenn l.
    glenn lethamAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    kinda fun watching the skipper dock this huge beast...
  • Josh B.
    Josh BathSeptember 11, 2011
    Don't forget to grab a couple of bags of Kettle Corn ... Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good;)
  • Terry W.
    Terry WooDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lands End Cafe is basically a gas station convenience store with ridiculous prices.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LomasAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Just bought a BC Ferries Experience card and saved $16 on our trip to Salt Spring.
  • Lee-Anne D.
    Lee-Anne DixonAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great night for sailing!
  • Rick C.
    Rick ChadwickJune 19, 2015
    BC Ferries are great!
  • Wei H.
    Wei HuAugust 20, 2012
    Make a reservation if you are going to Vancouver on a Sunday night.
  • Rian B.
    Rian BowdenAugust 27, 2010
    I don't care what they say... It keeps getting better and better to ride the Ferry! Free wireless, what more could we ask for?
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LlamasJune 21, 2013
    If you're going to Victoria make sure you take the express bus in the ferry
  • Ivan C.
    Ivan ChevelevAugust 19, 2013
    Don't take the leftmost lane when checking in - it only gets one booth, while the other lane gets three...
  • glenn l.
    glenn lethamJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Heading to SeaTac? Take the quikcoach shuttle bus from the Richmond casino, awesome service!!
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnJuly 6, 2015
    Free Wi-Fi and friendly customer service.
  • Adam Q.
    Adam QuineySeptember 1, 2012
    Skip the ferry and instead shop at local artisan kiosks!
  • Jamie
    JamieJuly 18, 2011
    Ferry wait? Stonehouse Pub is a five minute walk away - great outdoor patio!
  • David S.
    David SkidmoreOctober 7, 2011
    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 B.
    David BrunsdonJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    put a pinch of sage in your boots, and all day long a spicy scent is your reward.
  • Davin G.
    Davin GreenwellFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend getting on a ferry. Check it out!
  • Teresa
    TeresaJanuary 23, 2011
    Yes there is enough time to use the restroom after announcement that you are nearing terminal, told to make your way back to vehicle...
  • chris h.
    chris holtJanuary 23, 2012
    Wow crazy windy ride. We're last ferry for the day all others suspended
  • Dave D.
    Dave DaviesAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This terminal has little in the way of food selection.
  • Richard L.
    Richard LoatFebruary 10, 2013
    They have free wifi! What are you waiting for? Log in!
  • Kayodé W.
    Kayodé WanApril 9, 2011
    Don't forget to use your BC Ferries Experience Card; you get a 30% discount
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BorthSeptember 19, 2010
    Debit IS accepted at the self-serve kiosks
  • Paulo P.
    Paulo PuglisiMarch 31, 2016
    Hoping the Vancouver side was as this side.
  • Pavel Z.
    Pavel ZomarevJune 9, 2011
    Onboard wireless gets clogged in the first ten minutes after departure. Do not count on it!
  • Mitch B.
    Mitch BaldwinDecember 28, 2010
    There is excellent free wifi at the terminal and onboard.
  • Tommy H.
    Tommy HooperMay 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Free mustard and ketchup with your hot dog!!!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CompanySeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The vending machines are excellent all over this ferry terminal. Some take credit + bills.
  • Teresa R.
    Teresa RAugust 21, 2011
    Reserve your spot on the ferry for only $15
  • Jim N.
    Jim NewtonSeptember 21, 2010
    Hey BC Ferries is a good thing when I lived here I used to appreciate that it kept the mainlanders where they belonged!
  • Mandell D.
    Mandell DegernessJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk ons can use debit at the self serve ticket kiosks.
  • Zach M.
    Zach ManntaiNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't accept Debit! Cash and Credit only!
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MawMay 27, 2012
    Also ShawOpen free wifi for Shaw Internet subscribers.
  • Dee G.
    Dee GraySeptember 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You know, here the ferries are and stuff.
  • Nichole B.
    Nichole BaumgardnerJune 15, 2013
    Wonderful ferry ride!
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SannaDecember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dog run area is just beside the loading dock. Crap bags provided too.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BertrandNovember 3, 2011
    Getting too expensive either way to get off the rock
  • Mat C.
    Mat CollisApril 26, 2016
    Dinky little ferry ride
  • Salt Spring Air P.
    Salt Spring Air PhilipOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You could always fly.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WilliamsJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Please disable your car alarm when you get on the ferry.
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LibonatiOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi while you wait
  • Mark W.
    Mark WyattJune 21, 2013
    Nuthin but sunshine with the sunshine breakfast
  • British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peace Arch
    You made it! Start heading douth down Hwy 17 enroute to Victoria.
  • Pavan B.
    Pavan BajwaJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Expect the ferry to be late every single time...
  • James K.
    James KearleyAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's this or swimming I guess
  • Dilara 🐰
    Dilara 🐰August 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi FTW!
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LopezApril 13, 2013
    No bar *sobs*
  • Derrick B.
    Derrick BradleyJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring cash or credit. They don't accept debit.
  • Dan
    DanAugust 16, 2011
    May the Swartz be with you
  • 高手놀리밑™
    高手놀리밑™June 14, 2011
    Not many food options in the terminal
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The pet area smells worse than poo
  • Courtland S.
    Courtland Sandover-SlyJune 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid BC Ferries. They hold Islanders hostage for petty ransom and suck millions of dollars out of the economy.
  • Luiz V.
    Luiz VelazquezJanuary 31, 2015
    El Internet es malo pero tiene
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