Wednesday, March 19, 2008



Experience the convenience of a brand new product
from BC Ferries

Today, BC Ferries officially announced the launch of the BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card, a wallet-sized electronic payment card, similar to a gift or debit card that will offer travellers access to a host of benefits including greater flexibility, protection and value for their money.

The BC Ferries ExperienceTM card is designed for convenience. Customers will be able to load the card with dollars that can then be applied to the cost of ferry travel. This new method of payment is not only easy to use, but it will also give travellers access to reduced fares on all participating routes1 (see the attached schedule for the full list of participating routes). And there’s no need to worry about ever running out of funds when the Auto Load feature is set to automatically top up the card’s balance.

That’s not all. Designed to accommodate all kinds of customers, the BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card offers families, teams and other groups the flexibility to connect multiple cards on an account, to transfer money between them and to print a travel history report showing when and where the cards have been used within the BC Ferries system.

In addition to the travel history report and the Auto Load feature, customers will have the option of registering their cards to receive the added peace of mind of loss protection. In the event of a lost or stolen card, loss protection allows customers to identify their missing card by phone or in person, to freeze their card’s balance and to easily transfer the balance to a new card.

Customers travelling between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be able to load the BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card with Assured Loading Tickets (ALTs), which provide priority travel on BC Ferries’ major routes between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, Duke Point and Tsawwassen, and Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay.

These features will be available immediately. Over time, customers can expect the BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card to offer even more new and exciting products virtually anywhere BC Ferries travels.

(To access reduced fares, customers will be required to load a minimum amount of $40 for passenger-only reduced fares, and $75 for vehicle and passenger reduced fares.)

Finally, customers can rest easy knowing that their BC Ferries ExperienceTM Cards can be managed online at, by phone at 1-888- BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779) or in person at any BC Ferries ticket booth.

The BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card will be available to customers beginning March 19 on routes from Swartz Bay to Southern Gulf Islands and Crofton to Vesuvius. On March 26, the card will be available for use on all remaining Southern and Northern Gulf Island routes, as well as the Horseshoe Bay – Langdale route.

For more details about the BC Ferries ExperienceTM Card, visit

To view Nanaimo B.C. Ferry Schedules and check current conditions at Nanaimo Ferry Terminals use this LINK.


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