BC Ferries closing Duke Point terminal for one weekend this month

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Travellers heading to and from Vancouver Island via ferry later this month will find a weekend where things are not operating as usual. BC Ferries announced Jan. 7 the Duke Point terminal in Nanaimo will be closed for two full days, with service to and from Tsawwassen re-routed to Departure Bay.

Duke Point ferry terminal (BC Ferries)

The closure at Duke Point will happen Sat. Jan. 26 and Sun. Jan. 27, 2019, in order to have a ramp replaced.

It’s been awhile since work was done on this particular ramp, says BC Ferries–basically forever. “The vehicle ramp and apron at Duke Point have been in place since the terminal opened in 1997 and now need to be replaced,” says BC Ferries in a media release.

To make a swift swap out, the contractor will use a barge and crane to remove the old apron and place a new, prefabricated one.

Passengers will be sailing to the mainland out of Departure Bay instead for that weekend, and, take note, the times will be different from the Duke Point-Tsawwassen regular schedule. There will be six arrivals and departures on each of these days. You can view the Jan. 26-27 schedule online.

BC Ferries says they chose this particular weekend because the dates are traditionally some of the least busy travel days of the entire year.

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