British Columbia Ferry Corporation

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British Columbia Ferry Corporation

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Established December 2, 1953 as the British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridges Authority. Name changed to the British Columbia Ferry Authority, on April 1, 1964.

Over the years, the system’s popularity grew, and in 1970, the “stretch and lift” program was implemented. Existing vessels were cut in half in order to allow for a midsection to be spliced in. Usage of the system continued to grow and the name was changed on January 1, 1977 to British Columbia Ferry Corporation. By 2000, the Corporation reached the half billion passenger mark. That same year, the ability to make reservations online was introduced.

Three years later, in 2003, the Corporation was re-launched as a private company and renamed British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. In March 2009, a Commercial Services division was launched to manage the transportation of goods between Vancouver Island the Mainland.

In 2010, BC Ferries introduced another branch known as BC Ferries Vacations to provide packages and trips up the coast, and a Vacation Centre in downtown Vancouver was opened.


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British Columbia Ferry Authority (1953-1977)

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British Columbia Ferry Authority

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British Columbia Ferry Corporation

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Revised PW/KH 2017-06-22




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Created by: Dennis Duffy.

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