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.
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
Disabled accessYes

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

The terminal was built in 1997 to divert commercial vehicle traffic away from BC Ferries' other main Nanaimo dock, located at a point in the middle of the city known as Departure Bay, thus easing traffic jams through Nanaimo's city centre. In 2013, 42 percent of passengers traveling from Nanaimo to the mainland went through Duke Point.[2]

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.

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,[3][4] finally re-opening on May 1, 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nanaimo Regional Transit System map".
  2. ^ "West Vancouver merchants worried over future ferry plans".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]