BC Ferries’ newest Island Class vessel, Island Aurora, will sail on the Gabriola Island – Nanaimo Harbour route for an operational trial on February 6, 7 and 8. Those who need to travel for essential reasons
can sail aboard the Island Aurora and experience this new class of vessel safely, while following COVID-19 protocols. The Island Aurorawill sail in conjunction with the Quinsam,
which will operate on its regular schedule during the trial.
On February 6, the Island Aurora will sail on the route while performing operational exercises. The vessel will
not carry passengers or vehicles during this time. On February 7 and 8, customers travelling for essential reasons may sail aboard the Island Aurora and regular fares will apply. More details regarding the trial
and timing will be shared next week.
Next year, BC Ferries will introduce two new Island Class vessels to the route, replacing the Quinsam. The trial
will lead to learnings regarding operational efficiencies, loading times and sailing intervals. BC Ferries will use this information to work with the community on sailing schedules during community engagement scheduled for later this Spring.
more information or traffic updates please follow @BCFerries on Twitter, visit our website at bcferries.com, or call us toll free at 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779).
For the most up-to-date sailing and departure information we recommend customers view Current Conditions.