Duke Point ferry terminal

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Duke Point Ferry Terminal
Duke Point ferry terminal.jpg
Aerial view of the Duke Point ferry terminal.
General information
Location400 Duke Point Highway, Nanaimo
Coordinates49°09′43″N 123°53′39″W / 49.1620032°N 123.8941355°W / 49.1620032; -123.8941355
Owned byBC Ferries
Operated byBC Ferries
Line(s)Route 30–Tsawwassen
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
Opened1997

Duke Point is a major ferry terminal owned and operated by BC Ferries that provides ferry service across the Strait of Georgia to Tsawwassen. The ferry terminal is located at Duke Point, Nanaimo and is the only major terminal in the BC Ferries system without a public transit connection.[1]

The terminal was built in 1997 for $42 million (equivalent to $67.88 million in 2022) to divert commercial vehicle traffic away from BC Ferries' other main Nanaimo terminal in the heart of the city, thus easing traffic jams through Nanaimo's city centre. It was officially opened on 9 June 1997 by then Premier Glen Clark and saw its first sailings the following day. [2]

In 2013, 42 percent of passengers travelling from Nanaimo to the mainland went through Duke Point.[3]

The ferry terminal marks the southern terminus of Highway 19, which connects the terminal to the Trans-Canada Highway just south of Nanaimo's city centre via the Duke Point Highway. The highway cost $50 million (equivalent to 80.81 million in 2022) to build. [2]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On December 20, 2011, the Coastal Inspiration experienced a hard landing upon arrival at Duke Point terminal. The terminal berth sustained significant damage and the vessel's port side doors were also damaged. The terminal required extensive repairs, requiring a closure of over four months, with all service re-routed through Departure Bay,[4][5] finally re-opening on May 1, 2012.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nanaimo Regional Transit System map".
  2. ^ a b "Duke Point Terminal Now Open". Times Colonist. 7 December 2008 – via proquest.com.
  3. ^ "West Vancouver merchants worried over future ferry plans".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-11-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-11-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)