BC Ferries upgrading Little River and Powell River terminals
BC Ferries will provide alternative service early next year while upgrading the Little River terminal in Comox and the Westview terminal in Powell River.
The repair period is from January to March.
"These terminals, like vessels, have an expected life span, and you have to do at some point significant maintenance to the structures," said Darin Guenette of BC Ferries. "Then they'll be good for 40 more years."
Both terminals will close the first three and a half weeks. The Island Sky, the regular vessel on the Saltery Bay-Earls Cove route, will sail between Saltery Bay and Departure Bay in Nanaimo. Sailing time is about three hours. BC Ferries is considering two round trips a day, one in the early morning and one in the evening.
The company might arrange flights from Powell River to Comox and a shuttle service during the first part of the project. Priority will be given to passengers with medical appointments.
For the remaining four and a half weeks, the Island Sky will sail from Saltery Bay to Little River. The trip is expected to take two hours and 20 minutes.
BC Ferries has been consulting with stakeholders and local governments for several months to help solidify its plan. There will be three rounds of public open houses beginning in February in Comox, Powell River and Texada Island.