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You can drink beer and wine on BC Ferries sailings out of Vancouver this summer

Bottoms up on the high seas!
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BC Ferries will introduce alcoholic beverages in Coastal Cafes on its vessels that sail the major routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Photo via B.C. Ferries vessel Coastal Renaissance. B.C. FERRIES

Ever dreamed of sipping a cold one while sailing on a BC Ferries vessel?

BC Ferries will introduce B.C. wine, craft, beer, ciders, and other alcoholic beverages to the menu in Coastal Cafes on its vessels that sail the three major routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island in the coming months. 

Recently, the company received approval in principle — subject to inspectors’ review  from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for these licences.

The routes that will offer a liquor line-up include the following: 

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Duke Point (Nanaimo)
  • Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

BC Ferries says it "continually seeks ways to enhance and add value to our customers’ experience" and offering the alcoholic beverages was a response to customer feedback. 

"Under the conditions of our licenses, alcoholic beverages will be limited to two drinks per customer 19 years of age or older, and must be purchased with a meal," states BC Ferries in a release. 

BC Ferries expects to offer the beverages by the end of summer 2022 and will provide customers with an update when the details are finalized.

The company previously offered wine and beer in a pilot project that kicked off in October 2019.